HKETO Newsroom

February 24, 2018

HKETO Director attends HKCBA GTA Section’s Lunar New Year Gala Dinner

Director of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (Toronto) (HKETO), Miss Kathy Chan, attended the Lunar New Year Gala Dinner of the Hong Kong-Canada Business Association (HKCBA) Greater Toronto Area (GTA) Section in Toronto on February 24. Miss Chan and Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti were the honourary co-chairs of the event. The gala was graced by the presence of dignitaries including Consul General of the People's Republic of China in Toronto, Mr He Wei, Senator Victor Oh, Members of Parliament Shaun Chen and Jean Yip, and Ontario Minister of International Trade Michael Chan. Around 400 guests attended the dinner.

In her opening remarks at the gala, Miss Chan said that same as Canada, Hong Kong is a staunch advocate of free and open trade. “To advance free trade, we vigorously seek to enter free-trade agreements with our trading partners, to eliminate or reduce tariffs, and to remove trade and non-tariff barriers, so as to boost trade, create better jobs and increased investments, and promote economic prosperity,” she said.

In this connection, Hong Kong had launched negotiations of a free trade agreement with Australia and successfully completed negotiations of the same with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) last year. When the agreement with ASEAN comes into effect next year, Canadian enterprises can make use of it to tap into the Southeast Asian market.

Miss Chan also noted that Hong Kong is a free and open economy. “Earlier this month, the US-based Heritage Foundation rated Hong Kong as the world’s freest economy for the 24th consecutive year, and Canada’s Fraser Institute has consistently put Hong Kong at the top of its Economic Freedom of the World Report since it was first published in 1995,” she added.

Lastly, Miss Chan highlighted the enormous business opportunities brought about by the Belt and Road initiative and the unparalleled advantages of using Hong Kong as a platform to jointly tap into the vast Belt and Road markets. Miss Chan also remarked that 120 delegates from all parts of Canada participated in the second Belt and Road Summit held in Hong Kong last year. She invited the guests to join the third Summit to be held in Hong Kong on June 28 this year to obtain first-hand information on the latest developments relating to this initiative.

On February 23, Miss Chan also attended the Lunar New Year Gala Dinner held by the HKCBA Calgary Section. During her stay in Calgary, Miss Chan paid a courtesy call on Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi. Miss Chan also met with Ms. Song Wang, Director of China Team, Asia Pacific Branch of the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of the Government of Alberta, to brief her on the latest economic developments in Hong Kong and exchange views on strengthening bilateral trade relations.

February 24, 2018

香港經貿處處長出席港加商會大多倫多地區分會新春晚宴

香港駐多倫多經濟貿易辦事處(香港經貿處)處長陳納思於二月二十四日出席港加商會大多倫多地區分會於多倫多舉行的農曆新春晚宴。陳納思及萬錦市市長薛家平是晚宴的榮譽共同主席,其他出席嘉賓包括中國駐多倫多總領事何煒、聯邦參議員胡子修、聯邦國會議員陳聖源和葉嘉麗,以及安省國際貿易廳廳長陳國治。約四百人出席晚宴。

陳納思於晚宴致辭時表示,香港與加拿大一樣,倡議自由開放的貿易。她說:「為了推進自由貿易,香港積極爭取與貿易夥伴簽訂自由貿易協定,撤銷或削減關稅以及消除貿易和非關稅壁壘,以增加貿易、創造更多職位和投資,並且促進經濟繁榮。」

香港去年與澳洲展開自由貿易協定談判,並成功與東南亞國家聯盟(東盟)完成自由貿易協定談判。當與東盟的協定於明年生效後,加拿大企業亦可利用有關協定進軍東盟市場。

陳納思亦指,香港是自由開放的經濟體。她說:「本月初,美國傳統基金會連續二十四年評選香港為全球最自由的經濟體;加拿大菲沙研究所自一九九五年發表首份報告以來亦每年持續將香港評為全球經濟最自由的地方。」

陳納思最後向來賓介紹「一帶一路」倡議所帶來的的龐大商機。她說,香港擁有無可比擬的優勢,可夥拍加拿大企業進軍「一帶一路」龐大市場。陳納思表示,去年共有120位來自加拿大不同地方的代表出席在香港舉行的第二屆「一帶一路」高峰論壇。她邀請與會嘉賓參加今年六月二十八日在香港舉行的第三屆高峰論壇,以獲取有關「一帶一路」最新發展的第一手資料。

在二月二十三日,陳納思亦出席了港加商會卡加里分會舉行的農曆新春晚宴。陳納思到訪卡加里期間,曾拜訪卡加里市長Naheed Nenshi。此外,陳納思亦與亞省經濟發展及貿易廳亞太分部中國組總監Ms. Song Wang見面,向她介紹香港最新的經濟發展情況,及就促進兩地雙邊經貿關係交換意見。