HKETO Newsroom

February 23, 2019

HKETO Director attends HKCBA’s Lunar New Year Gala Dinners

Director of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (Toronto) (HKETO), Ms Emily Mo, attended the Lunar New Year Gala Dinner of the Hong Kong-Canada Business Association (HKCBA) Greater Toronto Area (GTA) Section in Richmond Hill on February 23. The gala was graced by the presence of dignitaries including Consul General of the People's Republic of China in Toronto, Mr Han Tao, Senator Victor Oh, Members of Parliament (MP) Shaun Chen and Jean Yip, as well as Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti. Around 400 guests attended the dinner.

In her welcoming remarks at the gala, Ms Mo shared with the guests on how Hong Kong could be the ideal platform for Canadian companies to expand their businesses and seek new opportunities in Mainland China and the rest of Asia.

Over the years, Hong Kong has been rated as the freest economy, the world’s largest offshore Renminbi hub and Asia’s first fund management hub. Hong Kong also raised the largest amount of initial public offering funds. “In terms of trade with Canada, Hong Kong ranks third as a global destination for Canadian exports of services and Canada’s eight largest merchandise export market,” Ms Mo said.

Ms Mo noted that the Central Government of China has just promulgated the Outline Development Plan for the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area to promote coordinated economic development in the area. She said the two cross-boundary infrastructures commissioned in Hong Kong last year, namely the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge and the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link Hong Kong section, would greatly strengthen Hong Kong’s position and role in the Greater Bay Area development and the Belt and Road Initiative.

Apart from Mainland China, Hong Kong is also the best platform for Canadian companies to tap into the Southeast Asia market. “The Hong Kong- Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) free trade agreement will take effect in the months to come, meaning that the business and professional services sectors are set to be presented with more opportunities,” Ms Mo said.

Ms Mo encouraged Canadian enterprises to leverage on Hong Kong’s advantages to diversify and expand their businesses to the ASEAN and Mainland China markets by using Hong Kong as a base or by partnering with Hong Kong service providers.

Earlier this month, Ms Mo also attended the Lunar New Year Gala Dinners organised by the Ottawa, Montreal and Calgary Chapters of HKCBA. She expressed her gratitude to HKCBA for rendering continuous support to HKETO in promoting trade relation between Canada and Hong Kong over the years, and invited Canadian enterprises to visit Hong Kong and seek new business opportunities in the city.

During her stay in Ottawa, Ms Mo paid a courtesy call on Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People's Republic of China (PRC) to Canada Lu Shaye. She also met with the Canada-Hong Kong Friendship Group Chair MP Michael Chong, Co-chair of Canada-China Legislative Association MP Joe Peschisolido, and Director General for North Asia and Oceania of Global Affairs Canada Dr Sarah Taylor. Ms Mo also paid a courtesy call on Consul Generals of PRC Chen Xueming and Lu Xu while in Montreal and Calgary respectively.

February 23, 2019

香港經貿處處長出席港加商會新春晚宴

香港駐多倫多經濟貿易辦事處(香港經貿處)處長巫菀菁於二月二十三日出席港加商會大多倫多地區分會於烈治文山市舉行的農曆新春晚宴,出席嘉賓包括中國駐多倫多總領事韓濤、聯邦參議員胡子修、聯邦國會議員陳聖源和葉嘉麗,以及萬錦市市長薛家平。約四百人出席晚宴。

巫菀菁於晚宴致辭時,與嘉賓分享香港作為一個理想平台,能在各方面協助加拿大公司在中國內地及亞洲其他地區拓展業務及尋找商機。

多年來,香港獲評選為全球最自由經濟體、全球最大離岸人民幣中心及亞洲第一基金管理樞紐,與及全球首次公開招股集資額最高的地方。巫菀菁表示:「在港加貿易方面,香港是加拿大全球第三大服務出口目的地,和第八大商品出口市場。」

巫菀菁指出,中國中央政府剛公布《粵港澳大灣區發展規劃綱要》,推動大灣區協同經濟發展。她表示,剛於去年在香港通車的兩個跨境基建項目,包括港珠澳大橋及廣深港高速鐵路香港段,大大加強了香港在大灣區發展及「一帶一路」倡議的地位和角色。

除了中國內地,香港亦是加拿大公司通往東南亞市場的絕佳平台。巫菀菁表示:「香港與東南亞國家聯盟(東盟)簽訂的自由貿易協定將於數月內生效,可為企業及專業服務界提供更多商機。」

巫菀菁鼓勵加拿大企業善用香港的優勢,以香港作為基地或夥伴香港的服務供應商,開拓新市場和擴展業務至東盟及中國內地市場。

日前,巫菀菁亦出席了由港加商會渥太華分會、蒙特利爾分會及卡爾加里分會分別舉辦的農曆新春晚宴。巫菀菁感謝港加商會過去一直對香港經貿處的支持,致力推廣加港兩地的經貿關係。巫菀菁在晚宴上邀請加拿大企業到香港尋找新機遇。

巫菀菁到訪渥太華期間,拜訪了中國駐加拿大特命全權大使盧沙野。此外,巫菀菁亦與加拿大國會加港友好小組主席國會議員莊文浩、加中立法協會共同主席國會議員Joe Peschisolido,及加拿大環球事務部北亞及大洋洲專員唐蘭博士會面。巫菀菁在蒙特利爾和卡爾加里期間,亦分別拜會了中國駐當地總領事陳學明及陸旭。