HKETO Newsroom

November 2, 2021

HKETO Director joins webinar to promote I&T opportunities in Hong Kong

Director of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (Toronto) (HKETO), Ms Emily Mo, joined the "Hong Kong-Markham AI and Hardware Tech Exchange” webinar hosted by the HKETO, City of Markham, Hong Kong Trade Development Council (Toronto) and Invest Hong Kong (Canada) on November 2.

This webinar shared with participants the latest developments in artificial intelligence (AI) and hardware technology through keynote speeches, panel discussions with business leaders operating in Hong Kong and the City of Markham, as well as a networking session.  It also aimed to inspire the technology communities on the support that both cities offered in nurturing innovation and technology businesses as well as start-up partnerships with a global outlook.

In delivering welcome remarks at the webinar, Ms Mo noted Markham and Hong Kong share a lot of commonalities, that both cities are tech-ready and home to many technology leaders and businesses.  “Earlier this year, Markham is named as the Smart21 City, whereas Hong Kong was ranked by the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) as the second most digitally competitive place in the world,” Ms Mo said.

Hong Kong is a growing innovation and technology (I&T) hub offering lots of opportunities, and in anticipation of an ageing population, the need for AI and robotics in sectors like healthcare, gerontology, fintech, clean tech would continue to grow. "Hence, I&T development is a priority of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government," Ms Mo said.

"The flagship project ‘InnoHK research clusters’ under which two clusters on healthcare technologies as well as the AI and robotics technologies were set up in the Hong Kong Science and Technology Park. This project has attracted many top-notch universities, research institutions including those from Canada,” Ms Mo continued.

In addition, Hong Kong is a core city in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area Development, and the National 14th Five-Year Plan also supported Hong Kong's development into an international I&T hub.  "All these will further strengthen Hong Kong’s role as a platform for foreign companies to capitalize the endless opportunities offered by the Greater Bay Area and the Mainland Chinese market," Ms Mo said.

Beyond China, Hong Kong is the also housing numerous Asian regional headquarters of various companies due to its location and business friendly environment.  “With the Free Trade Agreement between Hong Kong and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in effect, you will be able to connect to the Asian market through Hong Kong easily,” Ms Mo added.

Before closing, Ms Mo invited Canadian companies to tap on the tremendous opportunities offered by Hong Kong to fuel business expansion to the Mainland China, Asia and beyond. Following Ms Mo’s remarks, Head of InvestHK Canada Mr Christopher Chen, moderated a panel to discuss with industry leaders on the latest developments in the field of AI. While Acting Director, Economic Growth, Culture, and Entrepreneurship at City of Markham, Ms Christina Kakaflikas, moderated a second panel with speakers sharing their valuable insights on the latest hardware technology.

November 2, 2021


香港駐多倫多經濟貿易辦事處(香港經貿處)處長巫菀菁於十一月二日參與由香港經貿處、萬錦市政府、香港貿易發展局多倫多辦事處及香港投資推廣署加拿大辦事處合辦的「香港與萬錦市之人工智能及硬件科技交流」 網上研討會。


巫菀菁在網上研討會上致歡迎辭時表示,萬錦市和香港有許多共同點,兩地均為科技成熟的城市,並且是不少科研領袖及企業的基地。巫菀菁說:「今年年初,萬錦市獲選為『智慧城市21』(Smart21 City),而香港亦被國際管理發展學院評為全球數碼競爭力排行第二的城市。」





最後,巫菀菁邀請加拿大公司善用香港提供的龐大機遇擴展業務至中國內地、亞洲及其他地區。接著,投資推廣署加拿大辦事處投資推廣總監陳立智主持專題討論,與業內人士討論人工智能領域的最新發展。其後由萬錦市經濟發展、文化及創業署理總監Christina Kakaflikas主持第二輪專題討論,多位講者就硬件技術的最新發展交換寶貴意見。