Director of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (Toronto) (HKETO), Ms Emily Mo, attended the Mid-Autumn Festival reception hosted by the Markham, Richmond Hill and Vaughan Chinese Business Association (MRVCBA) on September 25.
In delivering the opening remarks, Ms Mo congratulated the Association’s newly elected President and board members and its success in building a strong business community in the York region over the years.
Ms Mo also updated participants on the COVID-19 situation in Hong Kong, as the city was hit by another wave in summer. “After weeks of concerted efforts by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government and the community, the situation is largely under control. Being a densely populated city, Hong Kong has never experienced a lockdown, and the daily case number remains mostly in single digit currently,” Ms Mo said.
Noting the recent speculation of Hong Kong’s rule of law and freedoms being undermined, Ms Mo took the opportunity to emphasise that the rule of law as well as the various legitimate rights and freedoms are the fundamental core values of Hong Kong and are much cherished by the community.
Besides, Ms Mo highlighted that the Canada-based Fraser Institute once again rated Hong Kong as the world’s freest economy in its 2020 Report released earlier this month. “Hong Kong remains a dynamic global business and financial centre with a high degree of competitiveness and openness,” she said.
Before closing, Ms Mo said Hong Kong’s unique advantages make the city one of the best places in the world to do business, and a connecting channel between the Mainland of China and the rest of the world. She looked forward to continue working with MRVCBA to promote business relations between Hong Kong and Canada.