Director of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (Toronto) (HKETO), Ms Emily Mo, visited Calgary from May 5 to 6 to promote Hong Kong as the ideal platform for Canada companies to tap on the markets in Mainland China and the rest of Asia.
Speaking before the screening of the Hong Kong film Anita at the “Hong Kong Movie Night” organised by the Hong Kong-Canada Business Association (Calgary Section) on May 5, Ms Mo first introduced the legendary Anita Mui, the late Cantopop queen from Hong Kong who was the main character of the film. “Not just that it’s about Anita, it’s also about the ‘Can-do Spirit’ displayed by the Hong Kong people - the drive for excellence that are in the blood of our people,” Ms Mo said.
Ms Mo moved on to point out that this year Hong Kong is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. The HKETO is hosting a wide range of events in different cities across Canada to showcase Hong Kong’s vibrant developments and to demonstrate the strengths of Hong Kong. She invited the guests to join the celebration events.
On May 6, Ms Mo attended the Hong Kong-Canada Business Association (HKCBA) Calgary Section’s Spring Festival Gala 2022 and delivered a speech. She updated the attendees on Hong Kong’s latest developments and achievements. “Hong Kong’s financial market has functioned remarkably well and capital continued to flow into the city with total banking deposits rising 2.9% in 2019 and 5.4% in 2020,” Ms Mo said.
“The IMD World Talent Ranking 2021 ranked Hong Kong number 1 in Asia, 11th in the world and the World Investment Report 2021 published by the UN Conference on Trade and Development, ranked Hong Kong the world’s third-largest recipient of foreign direct investment last year,” Ms Mo continued.
Hong Kong continues to be a top international financial market, and continues to have a distinct relationship with Canada.
Ms Mo highlighted that Hong Kong has remained one of Canada’s top ten trading markets in the past decade, and Canadian direct investment flows to the city more than tripled to 4.6 billion Canadian dollars, making the city the second-largest destination worldwide for Canadian direct investment abroad in 2020.
Looking ahead, Hong Kong is playing an increasingly significant role as a platform for doing business in Asia and Indo-Pacific, including the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area.
As Calgary embraces advanced technology to offer cleaner energy, safe and secure food, efficient movement of goods and people, and better health solutions, Ms Mo welcomed Canadian companies looking to expand to consider Hong Kong as their platform to access the fastest growing markets on the East.
During the visit, Ms Mo paid courtesy calls on Alberta’s Minister of Seniors and Housing, the Honourable Josephine Pon and Calgary Mayor Jyoti Gondek. She briefed them on the latest developments in Hong Kong and exchanged views with them on issues with mutual interests. She also met with the President and Chief Executive Officer of Calgary Economic Development, Mr Brad Parry, and Director of Strategic Engagement at Jobs, Economy and Innovation, Mr Shane Jaffer, to exchange views on how to foster collaboration to strengthen the trade relations between Hong Kong and Calgary.
Ms Mo returned to Toronto on May 7.
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