HKETO Newsroom

November 17, 2020

HKETO Director joins webinar to explore economic prospects in Hong Kong

The Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (Toronto) (HKETO) and the Hong Kong-Canada Business Association (HKCBA) in Canada co-hosted a webinar on November 17 to discuss the economic prospects in Hong Kong and ways to maximize business return through Hong Kong.  Director-General of Investment Promotion of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government, Mr Stephen Phillips, and Director of the HKETO, Ms Emily Mo, gave opening remarks at the webinar entitled "Structuring Your Asia Business Expansion for Maximum Return".  

In delivering the opening remarks at the webinar, Ms Mo first updated the participants on the HKSAR Government’s efforts and progress in controlling the pandemic. “During the global pandemic, Hong Kong has been one of the most successful cities that continue to maintain its status as an international financial and business hub with relatively low number of COVID cases,” Ms Mo said.

With the rebound of business in Asia, Hong Kong is also making good progress. “The Canadian retail giant Couche-Tard announced entry into Asia with acquisition of Circle K HK; the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership was signed recently and Hong Kong is keen to be part of it. Moreover, Hong Kong and Singapore will launch the quarantine-free air travel bubble on 22 November,” Ms Mo continued.

Ms Mo encouraged Canadian companies to consider diversifying their businesses to Asia through Hong Kong. “Hong Kong has a powerful combination of favourable business advantages - its prime location, high-speed communication, free flow of information and capital, low and simple tax system, as well as rule of law, makes the city a leading international business and financial centre,” Ms Mo said.

Regarding some recent speculation of Hong Kong’s rule of law being possibly undermined in light of the introduction of the National Security Law and disqualification of Legislative Council Members, Ms Mo clarified 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 HKSAR Government and community.  

Before closing, Ms Mo invited Canadian companies to use the Hong Kong platform to maximize their business return.  Other speakers at the webinar including representatives of Ernst & Young Canada and Hong Kong Corporate Services Group, as well as Head of InvestHK Canada Mr Christopher Chen who introduced the services offered by InvestHK for Canadian companies.  

November 17, 2020

香港經貿處處長參與網上研討會探討香港的經貿發展前景

香港駐多倫多經濟貿易辦事處(香港經貿處)及港加商會於十一月十七日合辦網上研討會 “Structuring Your Asia Business Expansion for Maximum Return”,探討香港的經貿發展前景,及如何透過香港增加業務回報。香港特別行政區(香港特區)政府投資推廣署署長傅仲森及香港經貿處處長巫菀菁在研討會上致開幕辭。

巫菀菁首先向與會者講述香港特區政府在控制疫情方面的努力和進度。她說:「在全球抗疫期間,香港是其中一個有效控制感染個案於較低水平的城市,並繼續保持其國際金融及商業樞紐的地位。」

隨著亞洲的商業活動重啟,香港在商業方面亦取得一些進展。巫菀菁續說:「加拿大零售商巨擘Couche-Tard宣布收購香港OK便利店業務以進軍亞洲市場;亞太區域多個經濟體近日簽署《區域全面經濟夥伴協定》,香港熱切期望加入協定。此外,香港與新加坡將於十一月二十二日推出免檢疫隔離『航空旅遊氣泡』安排。」

巫菀菁鼓勵加拿大公司考慮透過香港投資亞洲市場以作多元發展。巫菀菁表示:「香港擁有多項營商優勢,包括優越地利、高速通訊、資訊和資金自由流通、簡單低稅制以及法治,使香港成為領先的國際商業及金融中心。」

就近日有關香港法治可能因引入《香港國安法》及宣布立法會議員喪失資格而被受削弱的言論,巫菀菁澄清法治及各項合法權利和自由是香港的核心價值,並為香港特區政府及社會大眾所珍視。

巫菀菁邀請加拿大公司善用香港平台增加業務回報。研討會其他講者包括加拿大安永會計師事務所和Hong Kong Corporate Services Group的代表,以及投資推廣署加拿大辦事處總監陳立智。陳立智在會上介紹香港投資推廣署為加拿大公司所提供的服務。