HKETO Newsroom

December 9, 2020

HKETO Director joins webinars to promote business opportunities in Hong Kong

Director of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (Toronto) (HKETO), Ms Emily Mo, joined the “Cross Border M&A: A discussion” webinar hosted by the Hong Kong-Canada Business Association (HKCBA) (Montreal Section) on December 8 and “Unlock the Financial and Investment Opportunities in Asia via the Hong Kong Platform” webinar hosted d by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council on December 9. 

In delivering welcome remarks at both webinars, Ms Mo noted that while many countries have been hard hit by COVID-19, Hong Kong has responded swiftly to the challenges by setting out various strategies and initiatives for business development and community building.

Ms Mo quoted as an example that the merger and acquisition activities in Hong Kong continued to be active. “One major example is Couche-Tard’s acquisition of the Circle K chain in Hong Kong, which provides the Canadian company a platform to launch its regional growth in Asia,” Ms Mo said. 

Besides, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government has rolled out relief measures totalling nearly 40 billion USD and three rounds of Anti-epidemic Fund which helped keep business running and employees working.

Looking forward, the HKSAR Government will focus on creating business opportunities through smart integration with the national development strategies, namely the Belt and Road Initiative and the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area development.

As Hong Kong is an excellent platform for Canadian companies to explore business and investment opportunities in Asia, Ms Mo invited participants of both webinars to join the Asian Financial Forum (AFF) in Hong Kong to be held virtually on January 18-19, 2021, to connect with global thought leaders and experts.  

“AFF is Asia's premier platform for global leaders in government, finance and business to exchange insights and investment opportunities. More than 3500 C-suite financial and business leaders gathered at AFF 2020 for thought leadership and business networking, and matching” Ms Mo added.

Ms Mo also clarified some concerns that the National Security Law may curtail Hong Kong’s freedoms. “Indeed, following the enactment of the law, violence has subsided, and Hong Kong people could once again enjoy their basic rights, freedoms and social order,” Ms Mo explained.

Before closing, Ms Mo encouraged Canadian companies to use Hong Kong as a platform to capture the business and investment opportunities in Asia and beyond.

December 9, 2020

香港經貿處處長出席網上研討會推廣香港商機

香港駐多倫多經濟貿易辦事處(香港經貿處)處長巫菀菁出席於十二月八日由港加商會(滿地可分會)舉辦的「探討跨境併購活動」網上研討會及十二月九日由香港貿易發展局舉行的 「善用香港平台開拓亞洲金融投資商機」 網上研討會。

巫菀菁在兩場網上研討會上致歡迎辭時表示,正當全球許多國家受到2019冠狀病毒病肆虐之際,香港已就各種挑戰迅速回應,為商業發展和社區建設制訂不同應對策略和計劃。

巫菀菁指出香港的併購活動仍然活躍並舉例說:「加拿大巨擘Couche-Tard在香港收購OK連鎖便利店,證明香港是加拿大公司在亞洲發展地區業務的理想平台。」

此外,香港特別行政區(香港特區)政府推出合共400億美元紓緩措施及三輪防疫抗疫基金,幫助企業繼續營運,僱員得以保留工作。

展望未來,香港特區政府將主要透過融入國家發展戰略,包括「一帶一路」倡議和粵港澳大灣區發展,以聚焦創建商機。

香港是加拿大公司在亞洲開拓業務及投資機會的優秀平台,巫菀菁邀請出席兩場網上研討會的與會者參加明年一月十八至十九日在香港舉行的網上「亞洲金融論壇」,與世界各地的業界領袖及專才建立聯繫。

巫菀菁補充說:「『亞洲金融論壇』是匯聚全球政府、金融及商界領袖的重要平台,為彼此交流真知灼見及發掘投資商機。去年超過3,500位金融和商界頂尖領袖雲集『2020亞洲金融論壇』探討思維領導議題及建立商務人脈網絡。

此外,對於一些有關《香港國安法》可能削弱香港自由的言論,巫菀菁亦作出澄清。她解釋說:「事實上,自從有關法例頒布後,暴力情況已經減少,香港人可以再次享有基本權利、自由和社會秩序。」

最後,巫菀菁鼓勵加拿大企業善用香港的平台,把握在亞洲及其他地區的商貿投資機會。