HKETO Newsroom

May 8, 2020

HKETO Director joins Canada-Asia business online discussion session

Director of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (Toronto) (HKETO), Ms Emily Mo, joined the "Canada-Asia Business Update: Preparing Canadian Companies For The New Normal" webinar hosted by Gowling WLG as a panellist on May 7.

Speaking at the webinar, Ms Mo first updated participants on the COVID-19 situation in Hong Kong.  She remarked that unlike many other cities, Hong Kong has not adopted a complete lockdown, but the comprehensive and coordinated control measures implemented by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government has successfully contained the spread of COVID-19 while maintaining the city’s position as an international city and aviation hub.

Ms Mo also explained the control measures introduced by the Government of the HKSAR.  “These include early screening measures at ports; a robust health care system with sufficient isolation wards and test kits; extended school closures and a society-wide adoption of face masks and personal hygiene practices”, she said.

These measures, which are based on the key principles of responding promptly, staying alert to the situation and working in an open and transparent manner, have led to the successful containment of COVID-19 in Hong Kong.

On the business front, the Government of the HKSAR has launched a package of measures which costs over CAD $48 billion (HK$287.5 billion) to preserve the vitality of the economy.

“Measures included wage subsidies to employer and self-employed persons; labour skills upgrading grants; subsidies for enterprises to apply technology; one-off grants and low-interest loans.  Canadian companies registered in Hong Kong can receive the same level of support as their local counterparts,” Ms Mo continued.

Though COVID-19 has posed tremendous pressure on the global economy, Hong Kong’s fundamental strengths remain intact and commercial companies continue to show confidence in Hong Kong.  Ms Mo noted that some international insurance companies decided to base its operation in Hong Kong and established the first Asian office in Hong Kong in recent months.  

Besides, Hong Kong’s resilience and innovation have been helping the city to withstand and overcome the COVID-19 challenges. Examples include geo-fencing technology used in the app to detect whether people are complying with quarantine orders, full-body disinfection channels installed at Hong Kong International Airport and robots for disinfection of trains in the MTR system.

Before closing, Ms Mo encouraged Canadian companies to get prepared to expand their businesses to Asia through Hong Kong, and to contact HKETO which offers free consultancy service and tailor-made advice to companies that are interested to set foot in the city.

Other panellists of the online session included Consul-General of Canada in Hong Kong and Macao, Mr Jeff Nankivell, Executive Director of Asian Development Bank, Mr Kris Panday and  Director (Canada) of Hong Kong Trade Development Council, Mr Andrew Yui.

May 8, 2020

香港經貿處處長參與加拿大及亞洲商業網上研討會

香港駐多倫多經濟貿易辦事處(香港經貿處)處長巫菀菁於五月七日參與由Gowling WLG舉辦的「加拿大及亞洲商業的最新情況:為加拿大公司面對新常態作準備」網上研討會,擔任其中一位講者。

巫菀菁在研討會上首先向與會者介紹香港就2019冠狀病毒病的最新抗疫情況。巫菀菁表示,香港與許多城市不同,並沒有採取全面封城措施。雖然如此,香港特別行政區(香港特區)政府實行的全面及緊密協調管制措施,成功遏制2019冠狀病毒病的擴散,並保持香港作為國際城市和航空樞紐的地位。

巫菀菁同時闡述香港特區政府採取的管制措施。她說:「這些管制包括實施港口早期檢疫措施、提供足夠隔離病房及測試套件的健全醫護系統、延長學校停課時間、和市民全面佩戴口罩及保持個人衛生習慣。」

有關抗疫措施建基於迅速應變、嚴陣以待及公開透明的三大原則,有助成功遏止2019冠狀病毒病在香港擴散。

在商業方面,香港特區政府推出了一系列維持經濟活力的措施,耗資超過480億加元(2,875億港元)。

巫菀菁續說:「有關措施包括為僱主和自僱人士提供工資補貼、勞動技能提升補助金、為企業應用技術給予補貼和一次性提供補助金及低息貸款。在香港註冊的加拿大公司亦可以獲得與其本地夥伴公司相同的支援。」

雖然2019冠狀病毒病為全球經濟帶來巨大壓力,但香港的基本優勢仍然保持不變,商企繼續對香港表示有信心。巫菀菁指出,國際化的保險公司近月在香港設立首間亞洲辦事處,或選擇以香港為基地拓展業務。

此外,香港的應變及創新能力亦有助香港抗疫和克服疫情帶來的挑戰。例子包括採用流動應用程序的地理圍欄技術監察接受檢疫人士是否遵守隔離令、香港國際機場的全身消毒通道,以及地鐵用作消毒車廂的裝置。

最後,巫菀菁鼓勵加拿大企業做好準備,通過香港擴展業務到亞洲。她表示香港經貿處可以為有意踏足香港的公司提供免費諮詢服務和專業意見,歡迎有興趣的公司與香港經貿處聯絡。

參與網上研討會的其他講者包括加拿大駐香港及澳門總領事南傑瑞、亞洲發展銀行行政總裁Kris Panday及香港貿易發展局駐加拿大代表芮紹能。