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.
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。