Director of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (Toronto) (HKETO), Ms Emily Mo, visited Calgary from February 10 to 11 to promote Hong Kong as an ideal business partner of Canadian companies to explore the Asia market and beyond.
Speaking at the Hong Kong-Canada Business Association (HKCBA) Calgary Section’s Chinese New Year Gala on February 10, Ms Mo first updated attendees on the latest developments of Hong Kong. “Hong Kong has removed all restrictions for travelling. Business and leisure travellers are welcome to Hong Kong and Mainland China to reconnect with business partners and explore Hong Kong and the great opportunities offered by the city," Ms Mo said.
Ms Mo moved on to point out the unique advantages of doing business in Hong Kong. "Under the 'one country, two systems' principle we enjoy the unparalleled edge of having our motherland's strong support while staying openly connected with the world. The National 14th Five-Year Plan supports Hong Kong's development in eight sectors, led by our longstanding strengths as an international hub for finance, trade, logistics and transport, plus four emerging centres, namely aviation, innovation and technology, intellectual property trade and international cultural exchange" Ms Mo said.
She highlighted that the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government has recently announced a raft of initiatives to attract talent and strategic businesses to Hong Kong. "A Dedicated Team for Attracting Businesses and Talents has also been set up under HKETO to proactively reach out to target enterprises and talents. In particular, we are targeting companies, and talents, from industries of strategic importance to Hong Kong. These include life and health technology, artificial intelligence and data science, financial technology, advanced manufacturing and new-energy technology," Ms Mo said.
Before closing, she introduced the "Hello Hong Kong" Campaign launched last week which unveiled a series of promotional activities and highlight the many new attractions, developments and opportunities for visitors. She welcomed attendees to plan their next travel trip with a stop to Hong Kong.
In the afternoon of the same day, Ms Mo hosted a university students’ reception to gather with the HKCBA Calgary Scholarship winners and students from the participating universities. She told the students that Hong Kong is a place full of opportunities and the HKSAR Government has introduced various measures to attract and facilitate talents from all over the world to work and live in Hong Kong.
Following Ms Mo’s remarks, Deputy Head of Business and Talent Attraction (Canada), Ms Grace Lau, introduced the various admission schemes to the students and the services offered by HKETO.
At both events, Ms Mo took the opportunity to wish all participants the best of health and prosperity in the Year of the Rabbit.
Ms Mo returned to Toronto in the morning of February 11.