HKETO Newsroom

May 10, 2018

HKETO sponsors “Hong Kong and the Gold Mountain Dream” seminar

The Richard Charles Lee Canada-Hong Kong Library of the University of Toronto organised a seminar on May 10 to discuss Hong Kong migrants from a historical perspective. The Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (Toronto) (HKETO) is a sponsor of the seminar.

At this seminar entitled “Hong Kong and the Gold Mountain Dream”, the keynote speaker, Professor Elizabeth Sinn from the University of Hong Kong, spoke on how Hong Kong rose to become an international port and migration hub during the latter part of the 19th century, when Chinese migrants went through Hong Kong to different parts of the world and on their way home.

Also speaking at the seminar, Deputy Director of HKETO, Miss Florence Tsang, noted that over the years, Hong Kong has become a focal point of global talents. “Because of the enduring advantages of doing business in Hong Kong, more than 7 500 overseas and Mainland Chinese enterprises have set up headquarters and offices in Hong Kong. Abundant work opportunities have also been brought about by closer economic integration with Mainland China, attracting talents from all over the world to pursue careers in the city,” she said.

To sustain the momentum of economic development, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government has put into substantial efforts to attract talents to live and work in Hong Kong through the implementation of various admission schemes. “For example, the HKSAR Government introduced a pilot scheme in 2015 to facilitate the second generation of Chinese Hong Kong permanent residents to return to work in Hong Kong. And in order to develop Hong Kong into an international innovation and technology hub, the HKSAR Government will also launch a new Pilot Technology Talent Admission Scheme next month to fast-track the processing of applications for the admission of overseas and Mainland Chinese research and development talent,” Miss Tsang said.

Other distinguished speakers at the seminar included the Honourable Dr Vivienne Poy, Chancellor Emerita of the University of Toronto and retired Senator of Canada, Professor Joan Judge, faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies of York University, Professor Abidin Kusno, Director of the York Centre for Asian Research, and Mr Larry Alford, Chief Librarian of the University of Toronto Libraries. They shared with participants their insights of the history and life of migrants transiting through Hong Kong.

The Richard Charles Lee Canada-Hong Kong Library has been organising seminars with different Hong Kong-related themes. The seminars were well received and enabled the Canadian public to better understand the different aspects of Hong Kong, thus fostering closer relations between Hong Kong and Canada.

May 10, 2018

香港經貿處贊助「香港與金山夢」講座

多倫多大學利銘澤典宬於5月10日舉辦講座,以歷史角度探討香港移民。香港駐多倫多經濟貿易辦事處(香港經貿處)贊助有關講座。

講座以「香港與金山夢」為題,由香港大學的冼玉儀教授主講,她講述香港如何在十九世紀末因中國移民途經香港前往世界不同角落和返回原居地,而發展為國際港口及移民樞紐。

香港經貿處副處長曾菂怡在講座上致辭,表示香港多年來已成為全球人才的集中地。她說:「由於香港擁有各項營商優勢,超過7 500家海外及中國內地企業已在香港設立總部及公司,人才滙聚。此外,香港與中國內地經濟合作日趨頻繁,亦創造了很多就業機會,吸引了世界各地的人才來香港發展事業。」

香港特別行政區政府(香港特區政府)為促進經濟持續發展,推行多項入境計劃,以吸引人才到香港生活及工作。曾菂怡舉例說:「香港特區政府在二O一五年推出試驗計劃,便利香港永久居民的第二代回港工作。另外,為發展香港成為國際創科樞紐,香港特區政府將於下月以先導形式推行『科技人才入境計劃』,加快處理輸入海外和中國內地科研人才的申請。 」

講座的其他嘉賓包括多倫多大學名譽校長及加拿大榮休參議員利德蕙博士、約克大學博文及專業研究學系Joan Judge教授、約克大學亞洲研究中心總監Abidin Kusno教授及多倫多大學圖書館總館長Larry Alford。他們向與會者分享早期移民途經香港移居海外的歷史和生活。

多倫多大學利銘澤典宬過去曾舉辦多個以香港為題的講座,深受歡迎,讓加拿大公眾對香港各方面加深了解,從而促進港加兩地的緊密聯繫。