Director of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (Toronto), Ms Emily Mo, joined the "HKJU Carnival 2021" hosted by Hong Kong Joint Universities Alumni (Ontario) (HKJU) held virtually on November 7 to share the fun with members of alumni from different Hong Kong universities.
Speaking at the carnival in a pre-recorded message, Ms Mo first updated participants on the latest COVID-19 situation in Hong Kong, and noted the city currently recorded case number in single digit and the cases were mostly imported.
On business side, despite the public health and social challenges, Hong Kong’s economic and financial system continued to demonstrate its strengths and resilience. Ms Mo moved on to cite various rankings of Hong Kong by renowned international institutions. “Hong Kong was named as the freest economy, ranked third as a global financial centre, the third largest recipient of foreign direct investment, and the third runway at the Hong Kong International Airport has also recently completed” Ms Mo said.
Ms Mo encouraged participants to learn more about Hong Kong’s unique business advantages in the newly published “Report on Hong Kong’s Business Environment” by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government.
In addition to trading and business, Hong Kong’s cultural performing venues have been reopened with precautions in place. “The HKSAR government is committed to reinforce the city’s status as an international arts and cultural hub, and the West Kowloon Cultural District (WKCD), which is one of the largest cultural projects in the world, has already opened its door” Ms Mo said.
Following the completion of the Xiqu Centre in the WKCD at end of 2019, Ms Mo is delighted to update participants that M+, the first global museum of contemporary visual culture in Asia, will be opened in the coming Friday (November 12). “M+ museum includes 17,000 square metres of exhibition space across thirty-three galleries, three cinemas, a mediatheque, a learning hub, and a roof garden that faces Victoria Harbour. Around 1,500 works drawn from the M+ Collections will be presented in the museum,” she continued.
Ms Mo encouraged participants to discover the glamourous cultural side of Hong Kong when they plan their next visit to the city.
Participants of the carnival enjoyed a short video, entitled "Take a Glimpse at Hong Kong Neighbourhoods", to see how heritage buildings and traditional culture fuse with modern trends in places such as Sham Shui Po and old town Central in Hong Kong. Besides, the event also featured talent shows performed by different alumni, an online question-and-answer game, and a lucky draw. HKETO is delighted to sponsor the event and prizes for the online game as well as the lucky draw.