Director of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (Toronto) (HKETO), Ms Emily Mo visited Calgary from November 27 to 28 to promote Hong Kong as the best gateway to business opportunities in Mainland China and the rest of Asia.
In delivering a speech at the "Best of Best Competition for Hong Kong Startup Zone" organised by the Hong Kong-Canada Business Association (Calgary Section) on November 27, Ms Mo first introduced the vibrant start-up scene in Hong Kong. “The 2019 Annual Startup Survey by Invest Hong Kong found that there were 3 184 start-ups operating in Hong Kong, meaning a 42.8 per cent increase from 2017. These start-ups employed over 12 400 persons, an increase of 97.4 per cent over the 2017 figure,” she said.
“The start-up community in Hong Kong is highly international, and of the founders, 34 per cent were from outside Hong Kong, of whom the US has the largest share (15.4 per cent), followed by Mainland China (14.0 per cent), whereas Canada ranked the eighth (3 percent),” she continued.
As Hong Kong’s start-up ecosystem has been making great strides with relevant investment reaching US$720million in 2019, Ms Mo welcome start-ups in Calgary that are looking for medium-and-long-term new opportunities to consider using Hong Kong as their springboards to access the Asian market.
Before closing, Ms Mo talked about the latest situation in Hong Kong and remarked that the city remained a safe, open and welcoming cosmopolitan city. “Although the social unrest in recent months has had a dampening effect on investment sentiment in Hong Kong, the fundamentals and institutional underpinning Hong Kong’s economy and society are strong,” she said.
During the visit, Ms Mo paid a courtesy call on Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi. She briefed him on the latest developments in Hong Kong and exchanged views with him on issues with mutual interests.
Ms Mo returned to Toronto on November 28.
巫菀菁於十一月二十七日出席港加商會卡加里分會舉辦的「香港初創專區最佳大賽」並致辭。巫菀菁首先向與會者介紹香港發展迅速的初創生態。她表示：「根據香港投資推廣署進行的『二○一九年度初創企業統計』顯示，二○一九年在香港營運的初創企業共有3 184間，較二○一七年上升42.8%。這些初創企業共聘用超過12 400人，較二○一七年上升97.4%。」