Past Events

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Real Estate Investment Opportunities in the Greater Bay Area

Greater Bay Area

Since the masterplan to transform the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (GBA) into a global economic powerhouse was rolled out two years ago, a much-anticipated blueprint for the region was finally released by the Chinese government in February. Over the past two years, there has been an explosion of investor interest in the area. At a lunchtime seminar on 16 July, Reed Hatcher, Head of Research, and Queeny So, Executive Director, Capital Markets, China from Cushman & Wakefield spoke on the most exciting markets and asset classes to watch for in the real estate investment scene. In their presentations, the speakers covered some noteworthy opportunities brought on by the vibrant Tier-1 cities in the GBA including Hong Kong, Shenzhen and Guangzhou. They also shared some of their insights on property investment trends in the GBA, as well as the reasons behind the rising investment interest for properties, particularly in Shenzhen and Guangzhou, arising from the government blueprint.

Following an invitation from Zhaoqing Municipal Government Mayor Fan Zhongjie, China Committee Chairman Petrina Tam led a delegation to visit the city on 11-12 July.

Mission to Zhaoqing: Healthcare and Green Business Opportunities

Greater Bay Area

Following an invitation from Zhaoqing Municipal Government Mayor Fan Zhongjie, China Committee Chairman Petrina Tam led a delegation to visit the city on 11-12 July. After a high-speed train trip, the visitors had the opportunity to explore the latest developments in Zhaoqing’s healthcare, environmental protection and leisure industries. During meetings with senior officials, delegates discussed the "Zhaoqing Hong Kong City" plan. The officials explained that Hong Kong-style hospitals, schools, health centres, hotels and shopping malls will be built in the city. The delegation also visited a number of tourism hotspots including Dinghu, the bamboo forest in Guangning County and Seven Star Crags.

Meeting with members from The Synthetic & Rayon Textiles Export Promotion Council (SRTEPC) of India

Meeting with The Synthetic & Rayon Textiles Export Promotion Council (SRTEPC) of India

Kripabar Baruah, Joint Director and Vijay Puri, Member of Committee of Administrator of The Synthetic & Rayon Textiles Export Promotion Council (SRTEPC) of India, visited the Chamber on 11 July accompanied by colleagues from Consul General. They were welcomed by Chamber Asia & Africa Committee Chairman Behzad Mirzaei and members Baruah updated members on India’s textiles & garments industry. India is the second largest producer of man-made fibers in the world, exporting more than US$ 6 Billion of such products to over 150 countries. Top markets included the U.S., Turkey, Bangladesh, Brazil and UAE. Baruah invited Chamber members to attend their upcoming trade fair “Source India”, to be held in Bombay in August 2019.

Andrew Sim from Baker McKenzie at a roundtable luncheon on 10 July.

Legal Landscape for F&B in China

The Mainland’s growing food and beverage sector presents many opportunities -- from delivery services to chain restaurants – but investors should enter this rapidly evolving market with their eyes open. Andrew Sim from Baker McKenzie shared his views on the legal and regulatory framework, advertising and labelling requirements, key IP trends and developments in Mainland China to help members avoid any compliance risk at a roundtable luncheon on 10 July.

Shirley Yuen and Sheikha Alanoud Bint Hamad Al-Thani,

HKGCC and QFC Sign MOU to Expand Cooperation

HKGCC and the Qatar Financial Centre (QFC), signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on 9 July to promote trade, investment and collaboration between Hong Kong and Qatar. Signed by Chamber CEO Shirley Yuen, and Managing Director, Business Development, QFC Authority, Sheikha Alanoud Bint Hamad Al-Thani, both parties expressed their hopes for broader collaboration and interaction between Hong Kong and Qatar. 

“The Gulf Region has long been a key market for Hong Kong companies, and it is also at the crossroads of the very important Belt & Road Initiative,” said Yuen. “We look forward to working with QFC through this MOU to help businesses expand their trade, investment and understanding of the rapidly diversifying Qatari economy to capture more opportunities in the country.” 

The QFC, located in Doha, is one of the world’s leading and fastest growing onshore business and financial centres.  Al-Thani said Hong Kong and Qatar have enjoyed strong bilateral relations for many years and this agreement is testament to these historical ties. 

“Through this MOU, we are also broadening the capacity of the QFC to create even more business prospects for organisations based in Qatar and Hong Kong, while paving the way for more avenues for mutually beneficial collaboration. I am confident that we will witness significant progress as a result, and look forward to the many opportunities that will result from our combined efforts,” she said. 

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