HKETO Newsroom

October 15, 2020

HKETO Director speaks at ACCE’s virtual forum

Director of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (Toronto) (HKETO), Ms Emily Mo, spoke at the virtual forum organised by the Association of Chinese Canadian Entrepreneurs on October 15. This forum aims to explore business pivots and innovation strategies to prepare businesses and entrepreneurs for the new economy.

In delivering the opening remarks, Ms Mo congratulated the Association for its forum to support and unite the Chinese Canadian business community across Canada.  She also commended the Association for promoting the spirit of entrepreneurship, innovation and corporate social responsibility for small businesses, women and youth entrepreneurs during the pandemic.

Ms Mo moved on to update participants that the COVID-19 situation in Hong Kong, as the city is fighting the pandemic tirelessly like many other countries. “The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government has adopted a comprehensive and co-ordinated approach to contain the spread of COVID-19,” Ms Mo said.  

As regards the economy, Hong Kong's strong economic fundamentals and ample reserves enable its economy to navigate through the current challenges and ensure continued macroeconomic stability.  The city is also supported by the solid economic recovery of the Mainland of China and some Asian regions.

Besides, Ms Mo noted that Hong Kong was again rated by the Canada-based Fraser Institute last month as the world’s freest economy. “This is certainly an unambiguous recognition of Hong Kong’s long-standing commitment to building a free economy with a level playing field,” Ms Mo added.

In view of some recent speculation of Hong Kong’s rule of law and freedoms being possibly undermined, Ms Mo reiterated 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 encouraged companies at the forum that are considering to expand to China and the rest of Asia to make use of the Hong Kong platform.  

The one-day forum aims to connect participants with leading thinkers, industry influences and business experts through keynote speech, panel discussion and breakout sessions.  HKETO’s Head of Investment Promotion, Mr Christopher Chen, hosted a breakout session to introduce the services and support offered by InvestHK for Canadians companies that are planning to set up in Hong Kong.

October 15, 2020

香港經貿處處長在創業協進會舉辦的網上論壇致辭

香港駐多倫多經濟貿易辦事處(香港經貿處)處長巫菀菁於十月十五日在創業協進會舉辦的網上論壇致辭。該論壇旨在探討企業在疫情下的營商重點和創新策略,以為新經濟作好準備。

巫菀菁致開幕辭時,首先恭賀創業協進會舉辦是次論壇,以支持及聯繫加拿大全國的華人商業社區。巫菀菁同時讚揚協進會在疫情期間致力向小型企業、女性及年青企業家推廣企業精神、創新和企業社會責任。

巫菀菁表示香港如許多國家和地區一樣,一直努力不懈齊心抗疫,並講述香港的冠狀病毒病最新情況。她說:「香港特別行政區(香港特區)政府採取了全面及緊密協調管制措施,遏制2019冠狀病毒病擴散。」

在經濟方面,香港穩健的經濟基礎和充足的儲備使其經濟能夠應付當前的挑戰,宏觀經濟環境保持穩定。此外,香港亦受惠於中國內地和部份亞洲地區的強穩經濟復甦。

巫菀菁特別提到以加拿大為基地的菲沙研究所上月再次把香港評為全球最自由的經濟體。巫菀菁補充說:「這明確肯定香港一直以來堅定地建立一個自由經濟體及提供公平營商環境的決心。」

對於最近一些有關香港能否繼續擁有法治和自由的言論,巫菀菁強調,法治及各項合法權利和自由是香港的重要核心價值,並為香港特區政府及社會大眾所珍視。

最後,巫菀菁鼓勵出席論壇的企業善用香港作為平台,進軍中國內地及其他亞洲地區。

為期一天的論壇透過主題演講、專題討論及分組環節把與會者和具影響力的業界領袖及商界專才聯繫起來。投資推廣署多倫多辦事處投資推廣總監陳立智主持了其中一個分組環節,介紹香港投資推廣署為有意在香港設立公司的加拿大企業提供的服務和支援。