Director of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (Toronto) (HKETO), Ms Emily Mo, joined the Fireside Chat on Innovation and Technology (I&T) co-organised by the Hong Kong-Canada Business Association (HKCBA)(Toronto Chapter), HKETO, Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) Toronto Office, Invest Hong Kong (InvestHK) Canada on May 3 to share the tremendous opportunities on I&T developments in Hong Kong.
In her opening remarks, Ms Mo said that the “one country, two systems” principle ensured that Hong Kong enjoys the country’s steadfast support and speedy growth, while staying highly and openly connected with the rest of the world. This unparalleled advantage is buttressed by the robust rule of law and intellectual property rights protection, full support by Mainland China’s national strategies, including being the world’s largest offshore Renminbi business hub and part of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area.
“Hong Kong is destined to rise as a world-class technology and innovation hub,” she said.
Ms Mo remarked that the number of start-ups in Hong Kong has soared from about 1 000 in 2014 to some 4 000 last year. Over that same period, 10 unicorns were raised. Also, Hong Kong was ranked second in the 2022 World Digital Competitiveness Ranking’s "technology" factor.
Ms Mo mentioned about the newly set up Office for Attracting Strategic Enterprises and the Hong Kong Talent Engage office to attract talents. “We are targeting companies, and individuals, from fields as life and health technology, AI and data science, financial technology, advanced manufacturing and new-energy technology,” she added. “Our goal is to attract at least 100 I&T enterprises, or representatives, to set up or expand their business in Hong Kong over the next five year.”
Also present at the fireside chat today was Professor Frank Yam, a graduate of the University of Waterloo, who has had an illustrious career and business development in Hong Kong and the region. As a model for those young Canadians aspiring to go east, he shared his experience and insights in the opportunities presented by Hong Kong to the Canadian I&T sector.
He was joined by Mr Raj Dewan, Board Director of HKCBA (Toronto) and Partner of McMillan LLP, as well as Mr Christopher Chen, Head of InvestHK Canada, at the event.
此外，港加商會（多倫多分會）董事局主席、McMillan LLP的合伙人Raj Dewan，以及投資推廣署加拿大辦事處總監陳立智亦在會上分享分享香港創科的發展。