HKETO Newsroom

October 5, 2018

HKETO Director visits Vancouver

Director of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (Toronto) (HKETO), Miss Kathy Chan, paid a visit to Vancouver on October 4 and 5 to promote the business and career development opportunities in Hong Kong.

Upon arrival on October 4, Miss Chan attended a lunch meeting with Creative BC and potential exhibitors for the Canadian Pavilion at Hong Kong Filmart 2019. After the meeting, Miss Chan gave an exclusive interview to Fairchild TV’s program “Leisure Talk” on the various admission schemes administered by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government to attract talent, professionals and entrepreneurs to Hong Kong, as well as the latest developments of Hong Kong. In the afternoon, Miss Chan met with Ms Florence Gordon, Advisor of ICONNBC Business Association and senior members of the association to understand their work and to promote business opportunities in Hong Kong.

In the evening, Miss Chan attended the West Coast Gala organised by the Association of Chinese Canadian Entrepreneurs to promote Hong Kong’s position as an ideal gateway for Canadian businesses to tap into the vast business opportunities in Mainland China and the rest of Asia. In particular, she mentioned Hong Kong’s free trade arrangement with Mainland China which offers tariff-free treatment for goods of Hong Kong origin exported into Mainland China as well as the most preferential market access in a wide range of sectors for business operating in Hong Kong regardless of their nationality.

In addition, Miss Chan updated participants on the latest developments of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Bay Area (Bay Area). She added that two new infrastructure projects would be put into operation this year which would enhance connectivity of Hong Kong with Mainland China, particularly other Bay Area cities. The first one, the Hong Kong Section of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link, was commissioned on September 23. It links Hong Kong with the 25 000-km high speed rail network of Mainland China. In the initial stage of operation, there would be direct trains from Hong Kong to 44 destinations on Mainland China. “Second is the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge, which would substantially slash the travelling time between Zhuhai and Hong Kong Airport from currently 4 hours to 45 minutes,” she said. Miss Chan encouraged participants to visit Hong Kong to discover the exciting developments and opportunities in the city.

On October 5, Miss Chan briefed the board directors of the Hong Kong-Canada Business Association Vancouver Section at a lunch meeting on the latest economic developments of Hong Kong. In the afternoon, she called on Mr Neil Huff, Entrepreneur in Residence, Business Development of Innovate BC, to learn about the efforts of the B.C. to promote the development of innovation and technology. Miss Chan then met with Mr Randy Sun, President of the Youth Business Association of BC, to understand more about their work to engage young entrepreneurs and to explore collaboration opportunities.

In the evening, Miss Chan attended a drama performance of “My Love” organised by the Federation of Alumni Associations of the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) in Burnaby and supported by the Alumni Association of the CUHK (British Columbia). She witnessed the alumni association handing over a cheque of donation to CUHK before the performance. This drama production is the work of the alumni and staff of CUHK, which was staged in Hong Kong in August and will be brought to Shenzhen, Beijing and London next year.

Miss Chan returned to Toronto in the morning of October 6.

October 5, 2018

香港經貿處處長到訪溫哥華

香港駐多倫多經濟貿易辦事處(香港經貿處)處長陳納思於十月四日及五日到訪溫哥華,推廣香港的經貿及就業機會。

陳納思於十月四日抵埗後出席了一個午餐會,與卑詩省創意辦公室及有意在2019香港國際影視展的加拿大館參展的機構及人士會面。接著,陳納思為新時代電視節目「大城小聚」作獨家訪問,介紹香港特別行政區政府推出各項為吸引優才、專業人士及企業家到香港發展的入境計劃,和簡述香港的最新發展。其後,陳納思與ICONNBC商會顧問Florence Gordon及商會的高層成員會面,以了解他們的工作,並推廣香港的商機。

陳納思於晚上出席由創業協進會舉辦的西岸晚宴,向出席嘉賓推廣香港是加拿大企業進軍中國內地及其他亞洲市場的理想門戶。陳納思特別提到香港與中國內地簽署了更緊密經貿關係安排,為輸入中國內地的香港原產地商品提供免關稅待遇,而在香港營商的企業,不論資金來自哪個國家,均可在不同行業享受最優惠待遇進入內地市場。

此外,陳納思向與會嘉賓介紹粵港澳大灣區(大灣區)的最新發展。她表示,將於今年落成啟用的兩項新大型基建項目,將大大提升香港與中國內地的連繫,特別是與大灣區內其他城市之間的連繫。首個項目是剛於九月二十三日通車的廣深港高速鐵路香港段,這項目將香港與長達25 000公里的國家高鐵網絡連接起來。通車初期有列車由香港直達中國內地44個城市。陳納思表示:「第二個項目是港珠澳大橋,這項目將來往珠海至香港機場的時間,由現時的四小時大幅縮減至45分鐘。」陳納思鼓勵與會者到訪香港親身了解有關的發展和商機。

翌日,陳納思與港加商會(溫哥華分會)的董事會成員會面,向他們簡介香港的最新經濟發展情況。陳納思在下午拜會了卑詩省創新局駐點創業家及商務發展主管Neil Huff,了解卑詩省推動創新科技發展的工作。隨後,陳納思與卑詩省青年商會會長Randy Sun會面,了解該會培育年輕企業家的工作,以及探討未來合作機會。

陳納思於晚上出席由香港中文大學(中大)校友會聯會製作、中大卑詩省校友會支持,在本拿比市演出的舞台劇《摯愛》。陳納思在演出前見證了捐贈支票的儀式。該舞台劇由中大校友及師生一同製作,八月在香港首演,並將於明年在深圳、北京和倫敦巡迴演出。

陳納思於十月六日早上返回多倫多。