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.
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