HKETO Newsroom

February 20, 2018

HKETO Director attends HSBC Bank Canada’s Lunar New Year Gala Dinner

Director of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (Toronto), Miss Kathy Chan, attended HSBC Bank Canada’s Lunar New Year Gala Dinner on February 20 in Toronto.

Speaking at the gala dinner, Miss Chan first congratulated HSBC on being recognised by Euromoney as the world’s best bank in 2017. “With Hong Kong being the birthplace of HSBC more than 150 years ago, I am proud of HSBC’s achievement,” she said.

With HSBC being a global bank committed to financing cross-border trade and capital flows, Miss Chan is delighted to note that Hong Kong and Canada bilateral trade continued to flourish. “Hong Kong is Canada’s eighth largest merchandise export market. In addition, we are encouraged to see more and more Canadian companies, including start-ups, setting up in Hong Kong and making use of the Hong Kong platform to launch into the massive markets of Mainland China and the rest of Asia,” she said.

Miss Chan went on to brief the audience on the latest economic situation of Hong Kong. In particular, she mentioned that the US-based Heritage Foundation has recently once again rated Hong Kong as the world’s freest economy for the 24th consecutive year. Hong Kong also continued to be one of the world’s top three international financial centres after London and New York.

On external trade relations, Miss Chan said Hong Kong has also made significant progress. “Last November, we signed a free trade agreement with the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). When the agreement comes into force, Canadian companies can also enjoy the facilitation measures under the agreement to tap into the fast-growing AESAN market if they partner with Hong Kong or use Hong Kong as a base,” Miss Chan said. She hoped to see more and more Canadian investments in Hong Kong.

Miss Chan also took the opportunity to wish the guests all the best in the Year of the Dog.

February 20, 2018

香港經貿處處長出席加拿大滙豐新春晚宴

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日出席加拿大滙豐銀行於多倫多舉行的新春晚宴。

陳納思致辭時首先恭賀滙豐銀行於二O一七年獲Euromoney選為全球最佳銀行。她說:「滙豐銀行於一百五十多年前在香港成立,我為滙豐今日的成就感到驕傲。」

陳納思表示,滙豐業務遍佈全球,致力為跨境貿易及資金流動提供服務。她喜見香港和加拿大的雙邊貿易繼續蓬勃發展。陳納思說:「很高興香港繼續是加拿大第八大商品出口市場。同時,有越來越多加拿大公司包括初創企業到香港發展,善用香港的平台開拓中國內地以至亞洲其他地方的市場,我感到鼓舞。」

陳納思又向出席來賓簡介香港的最新經濟情況,她特別提到美國傳統基金會連續第二十四年評選香港為全球最自由的經濟體。香港亦繼續獲評為全球三大國際金融中心之一,僅次於倫敦和紐約。

在外貿關係方面,香港也有顯著的發展。陳納思表示:「去年十一月,香港與東南亞國家聯盟(東盟)簽訂《自由貿易協定》。當協定生效後,加拿大企業如以香港作為基地或夥拍香港服務提供者進軍發展迅速的東盟市場,亦可享受有關協定的便利措施。」陳納思希望有更多加拿大公司到香港投資。

陳納思藉新春佳節恭祝所有來賓狗年萬事勝意,身心康泰。