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A passage to Asia through Hong Kong

Posted in: Press Releases

November 20, 2013


The former top official of the Government of Canada, Mr Stockwell Day, yesterday (Tuesday) highlighted the unique role that Hong Kong, China could play in the continuous development of the trade relations between Canada and China while speaking in the breakfast business networking event in the Parliament Hill, Ottawa.

In addressing some 150 Canadian politicians and business leaders at the event, Mr Day said that the relations between Canada and China had become stronger and stronger in recent years with substantial growth in business and trade between the two countries. Hong Kong, with its economic freedom, will continue to play a key role in the continuous opening up of the Chinese market.

“The transformation of Hong Kong from a fishing village to an international financial centre was amazing. The unique position of Hong Kong in Asia is comparable to London in Europe,” Mr. Day said.

Mr. Day also pointed out that the overall economic development of Asia had been very impressive, with a fast growing middle class. “I am not concerned about the rising power of Asia, but concerned that Canadians may be at risk of missing the boat as China's significant growth surges ahead,” Mr Day said.

Mr Day stressed the importance for Canadians to develop a more vibrant relationship with Asia-Pacific region. “Asia in particular China is on the move. The opportunities are there, the opportunities are great,” Mr Day added.

Mr Day currently is the Senior Strategic Advisor at McMillan's Vancouver office. He previously held a number of top positions in the federal government, including the Minister of International Trade, the Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway, and the President of the Treasury Board.

The breakfast meeting was organized by the Executive Committee of Canada-Hong Kong Parliamentary Friendship Group, and the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Toronto (HKETO), and supported by the Hong Kong-Canada Business Association (Ottawa Section).

Speaking at the meeting, the Director of HKETO, Miss Gloria Lo, also remarked that Hong Kong is an excellent first point of entry to the huge Asian markets for Canadians. “Over the years, Hong Kong has maintained a stable and good bilateral trade relation with Canada,” Miss Lo said. “The comprehensive double taxation avoidance agreement signed between Hong Kong and Canada last year has been rectified and brought into effect. This is a major achievement to facilitate business and trade between the two places.”

Miss Lo said that Hong Kong, with various advantages under “two systems”, is recognized as the freest economy in the world by the Fraser Institute in Canada, the second easiest place to do business by the World Bank, the third global financial centre in the Global Financial Centre Index, and among the most competitive places in the world according to the World Economic Forum and the International Institute for Management Development. At the same time, Hong Kong enjoys lots of benefits a under “one country”.

“With the full support of the Central Government of China, Hong Kong has developed as the premier Renminbi offshore business centre,” Miss Lo said. “We enjoy easier access to the Mainland markets for various service sectors and industries with the bilateral free trade agreement CEPA.”

Miss Lo further said that Hong Kong will also benefit from more efficient transport connections and hence shorter turnaround time with the completion of major cross border infrastructure projects, including the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail in 2015 and the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge in 2016. “We see more and more business potential before us with these developments,” Miss Lo added.

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A parliamentary breakfast meeting was organized by the Executive Committee of Canada-Hong Kong Parliamentary Friendship Group, and the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Toronto (HKETO), and supported by the Hong Kong-Canada Business Association (Ottawa Section). From left: Stockwell Day, the Senior Strategic Advisor at McMillan's Vancouver office; Earl Dreeshen, Member of Parliament; Miss Gloria Lo, Director of HKETO; Andrew Saxton, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance; and Peter Kwok, Deputy Director of HKETO.

The former top official of the Government of Canada, Stockwell Day, delivers speech about the advantages of Hong Kong at a parliamentary breakfast networking seminar in Ottawa with 150 Canadian politicians and business leaders.

The Director of Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Toronto, Miss Gloria Lo, stresses that Hong Kong is an ideal first point of entry to the huge Asian markets.

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