Director of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (Toronto), Ms Emily Mo, attended the Toronto Hong Kong Lions Club Charity Gala in Markham on September 28.
Speaking at the gala, Ms Mo first updated the audience on the current situation in Hong Kong, including the decision to withdraw the extradition bill by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government. She emphasised that despite the recent disruptions, the fundamentals and institutional underpinning of Hong Kong’s economy and society are strong. “These include the rule of law, a fiercely independent judiciary, a robust legal system, freedom of expression and speech, and a strong pool of talents and people,” Ms Mo said.
Ms Mo noted that the senior echelon of the HKSAR Government has launched a round of dialogue sessions with a view to communicating with the general public on their suggestions on building a better Hong Kong. A basket of measures have also been introduced to support companies, including Canadian companies registered in Hong Kong.
Ms Mo remarked that Hong Kong remains a safe, open and cosmopolitan society and an internationally connected, vibrant, and dynamic economy. “Last year, two major transport infrastructures were commissioned,” Ms Mo said. “The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge and the Hong Kong section of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link greatly enhance Hong Kong’s connectivity to all parts of Mainland China.”
“The Free Trade Agreement and the related Investment Agreement between Hong Kong and ASEAN, which came into force this year, also provides a new perspective to facilitate Canadians’ connection with Asia through the Hong Kong platform,” Ms Mo added.
Ms Mo encouraged Canadian businesses to use Hong Kong as their springboard to capture opportunities in Asia.