HKETO Newsroom

August 25, 2020

HKETO Director joins webinar to promote business opportunities in the Greater Bay Area

Director of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (Toronto) (HKETO), Ms Emily Mo, joined the "Asians Love Canadian Lobster: Hong Kong Leads the Charge in the Lucrative Greater Bay Area" webinar hosted by the Hong Kong-Canada Business Association (Greater Toronto Area Section) (HKCBA) as a speaker on August 25.

The webinar discussed Canadian lobster exports to Asia and around the world, as well as the role Hong Kong plays in expanding the market in the fastest-growing region in China, the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (Greater Bay Area).

In delivering the opening remarks at the webinar, Ms Mo noted the people of Hong Kong has an insatiable appetite for seafood, including Canadian lobsters.  “In 2018, Hong Kong was Canada’s fourth largest market for fish and seafood, and the exports value amounted to over C$173 million.  Of these exports, approximately 19% of them were lobsters, amounting to over C$33 million,” Ms Mo said.

Ms Mo highlighted that Hong Kong has a lot to offer for Canadian companies exporting lobsters and other food products. “Strategically located at the heart of Asia, Hong Kong is connected to the world and the mainland of China by a world-class international airport, a container terminal renowned for its efficiency, and extensive land crossings,” Ms Mo said.  

“Besides, a relatively new national initiative, namely the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area Development provides huge business opportunities for Canadian companies that are set up in or working with Hong Kong,” Ms Mo continued.

The Greater Bay Area, which comprises Hong Kong, Macao and nine Guangdong cities in Southern China, has an ambitious city cluster of 70 million people and a combined GDP of some 1.6 trillion USD.  Ms Mo pointed out that the initiative’s objectives are to further deepen cooperation amongst the cities and promote coordinated regional economic development.  "The opportunities arising from the increased flows of people, goods and capital within the Greater Bay Area will be immense," Ms Mo said.

Before closing, Ms Mo encouraged Canadian companies to contact HKETO for more information about the initiative and tap the vast opportunities presented by the Greater Bay Area through setting foot in Hong Kong.  

The webinar, moderated by HKCBA Board Director Mr Zoheir Hasanbhai, was also joined by other speakers including Consul General of Canada in Hong Kong and Macao, Mr Jeff Nankivell, Executive Director of the Lobster Council of Canada, Mr Geoff Irvine, and Sales Director of Worldwide Seafood Limited, Ms Merlinda Ng.

August 25, 2020

香港經貿處處長參與網上研討會推介大灣區的商機

香港駐多倫多經濟貿易辦事處(香港經貿處)處長巫菀菁於八月二十五日參與由港加商會(大多倫多地區)舉辦的「亞洲人鍾愛加拿大龍蝦:香港在潛力優厚的大灣區擔當領導角色」網上研討會,並擔任講者。

網上研討會除了討論加拿大龍蝦出口至亞洲及世界各地的情況,亦介紹香港在拓展粵港澳大灣區(大灣區)市場,即中國發展最迅速的地區,所擔當的角色。

巫菀菁在網上研討會上致開幕辭,她提到香港人對海鮮包括加拿大龍蝦需求甚殷。巫菀菁表示:「在二O一八年,香港是加拿大魚類和海鮮的第四大出口市場,出口總值超過1.73億加元。這些出口貨品中,龍蝦約佔百分之19,總值超過3,300萬加元。」

巫菀菁強調,香港為加拿大龍蝦及其他食品的出口商提供優勢。她表示:「香港位於亞洲中心的優越位置,擁有世界級的國際機場、以效率聞名的貨櫃碼頭和四通八達的陸路幹線,連接中國內地及世界各地。」

巫菀菁續說:「此外,一項相對較新的國家發展規劃,即粵港澳大灣區發展計劃更可為在香港設立或與香港合作的加拿大公司提供龐大商機。」

大灣區涵蓋香港、澳門及位於中國南部的九個廣東城市,城市群的總人口達七千萬,本地生產總值合共一萬六千億美元。巫菀菁指出,該發展規劃的目標是促成區內的深度融合,推動區域經濟協同發展。她說:「大灣區內人流、物流和資金流的增長將帶來無限商機。」

最後,巫菀菁鼓勵加拿大公司聯絡香港經貿處以取得更多有關發展規劃的進一步資料,並以香港為基地,把握大灣區市場的龐大機遇。  

網上研討會由港加商會董事夏曦亮主持,其他講者包括加拿大駐香港及澳門總領事南傑瑞、加拿大龍蝦議會行政總監Geoff Irvine及環球海產有限公司營業總監吳曼玲。