Director of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (Toronto) (HKETO), Ms Emily Mo, visited Vancouver from February 16 to 17 to strengthen Hong Kong’s business relationship with the city.
Speaking at the Hong Kong-Canada Business Association (HKCBA) Vancouver Section’s Chinese New Year Gala on February 16, Ms Mo gave a review of 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 outline Hong Kong’s competitive edge that the Canadian business sector can make use of. "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 expressed confidence that the economic and trade relations between Hong Kong and Canada would become closer and encouraged the Canadian businesses to make the best use of the Hong Kong platform to tap into the Mainland and Asian markets.
Besides, Ms Mo 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. We have launched a “Hong Kong-Canada Talent Metaverse” for Hong Kong companies with Canadian connection to post job or internship openings to attract students in Canada to work in Hong Kong," Ms Mo said.
At the end of her address, Ms Mo introduced the recently launched "Hello Hong Kong" Campaign 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.
Ms Mo took the opportunity to wish all participants the best of health and prosperity in the Year of the Rabbit.
Upon arrival in Vancouver, Ms Mo attended a lunch meeting with the National President of the Chinese Federation of Commerce Canada, Mr Pius Chan, to exchange on how to strengthen Hong Kong-Vancouver trade relations and to explore collaboration opportunities to assist enterprises of the city to expand using the Hong Kong platform. Ms Mo then met with the Board Chair of SUCCESS Foundation, Mr Jason Lam, for exchanges on the latest situation in Hong Kong.
Ms Mo returned to Toronto in the morning of February 17.
此外，巫菀菁強調，香港特別行政區（香港特區）政府最近公布了一系列措施招商引才到香港。她表示：「香港經貿處亦設立了『招商引才專組』積極主動招攬企業及人才到港。我們更推出了“Hong Kong-Canada Talent Metaverse” 讓位於香港而有加拿大聯繫的公司招聘來自加拿大的人手及實習生，吸引加拿學生和年青人到香港工作。」