Director of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (Toronto) (HKETO), Ms Emily Mo, joined the “WIN@HKCBA Virtual Mission to Belt and Road Summit 2021” pre-mission networking meeting hosted virtually by Women's International Network (WIN) of the Hong Kong-Canada Business Association (HKCBA) (Toronto Section) on August 5. The meeting aims to promote the abundant business opportunities arising from the Belt and Road Initiative for Canada companies.
In delivering the welcome remarks, Ms Mo was delighted to share with participants on the outstanding performances of Canada and Hong Kong athletes at the Tokyo Olympics. She noted the Hong Kong team came up with a new record in the games by bringing home a few medals.
Beyond sports, the Belt and Road Initiative is also an open, inclusive and all-embracing global initiative, which extends beyond geographical and cultural borders. Ms Mo noted China has already signed over 200 co-operation documents with 140 countries and 31 international organisations to promote co-operation among countries and regions in the areas of policy co-ordination, facilities connectivity, unimpeded trade, financial integration and people-to-people bond.
Ms Mo moved on to highlight Hong Kong as the ideal partner for Canada companies to grasp the vast opportunities presented by the Belt and Road Initiative. “Hong Kong has long been blessed with multilingual, multi-talented financial and related services professionals. The city’s advantages include the rule of law, an open and efficient market, the free flow of capital, information and people, as well as a simple and low tax regime,” Ms Mo said.
“Our growing integration with the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, with a population of over 71 million, presents untapped potential for Canada’s sustainable, inclusive and innovative businesses,” Ms Mo added.
To grasp the huge business opportunities offered by the Belt and Road Initiative, Ms Mo encouraged Canada companies to join the upcoming 7th edition of the Belt and Road Summit to be held virtually from September 1 to 2, 2021. The Summit will allow participants to exchange insights on multilateral cooperation and explore concrete business opportunities with senior government officials and business leaders from countries and regions along and beyond the Belt and Road.