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Date
2022/10/27

Telling Poland’s Success Stories

Aleksander Dańda, Consul General of Poland, and Blanka Gołębiowska, Consul (Trade Commissioner), called on the Chamber on 27 October to discuss ways to increase bilateral trade and exchanges. Dańda pointed out that China’s story of having the strongest GDP growth for decades is well known, yet very few people are aware that Poland ranks second in the world behind only Mainland China. Increasing awareness and understanding of Poland and telling its success stories in Hong Kong is a key goal going forward for the Consulate, as well as promoting the HKSAR to Polish businesses. 

Chamber CEO George Leung, Europe Committee Chairman Davide De Rosa, and Vice Chairmen Alfonso Ballesteros, and C K Lee shared their ideas on ways to expand business and cultural awareness among companies and the public in Hong Kong. 
 

2022/10/13

Exploring Hong Kong-Italy Collaboration

Carmelo Ficarra, Consul General of Italy in Hong Kong, and his colleagues Deputy Consul General Antonietta Cornacchia and Trade Commissioner Gioia Gatti visited the Chamber on 13 October, where they were welcomed by the Chamber’s CEO George Leung, Europe Committee Chairman Davide De Rosa, Europe Committee Vice Chairman Alfonso Ballesteros and PR & Programs Director Malcolm Ainsworth.

Ficarra, who assumed the role in September 2022, said he hopes to promote more businesses opportunities in Hong Kong and attract investors to Italy. As part of this, the Consulate would hire more staff, which also demonstrates their commitment to the city.

Gatti recommended that Hong Kong businesses attend tradeshows in Italy to generate more leads and learn more about trading the business environment. Both sides agreed to further explore ways to help members connect and develop business with Italy and Italian firms on the back of the successful business matching collaboration in March this year. https://businessmatching.cdp.it/en/welcome

2022/09/30

Connecting Hong Kong and Dutch businesses

Lucille Merks, Deputy Consul General of the Netherlands in Hong Kong SAR and Macao, Senior Commercial Officer Betty Liu and Economic Officer Polyee Tang, visited the Chamber on 30 September, where they were welcomed by Chamber CEO George Leung and PR & Programs Director Malcolm Ainsworth.

Merks, who took up the position in August 2022, said she hopes to cooperate with the Chamber to help Dutch companies connect with both Hong Kong and Mainland businesses to explore new opportunities. Green technologies, innovation, fin-tech as well as art and design were some of the industries in which the Netherlands excels.

She also proposed helping members to get ready for a new EU supply chain law. The draft European Supply Chain Act requires EU companies to audit their suppliers along the entire global supply chain, including all direct and indirect business relationships. Leung agreed it was important to inform businesses early so that they can understand and prepare for the law. The Chamber will be organizing talks on the law, which is part of the EU’s sustainable economy plans.

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