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The Chamber organized a visit on 14 January to Colourliving, a lifestyle concept store which brings together specially selected furniture and fittings created by European interior designers.

Smart designs meets European elegance

The Chamber organized a visit on 14 January to Colourliving, a lifestyle concept store which brings together specially selected furniture and fittings created by European interior designers. During the guided tour in the 3-storey store, members were introduced to new smart-home products prevailing in Europe, including artificial skylights, anti-bacterial tile, and high-tech door locks and showers. Members were amazed by the innovative smart-living technologies.

2020/01/14
Shark Xia, Chief Economist for Asia, BBVA Research

LATAM Economies Expected to Improve in 2020

Shark Xia, Chief Economist for Asia, BBVA Research, forecasts key economies in Latin America (LATAM) will be on the upswing in 2020. Argentina and Chile, however, due to internal political and economic unrest, will continue to struggle. Speaking at the Americas Committee roundtable luncheon on 8 January, Xia also touched on the impact of the U.S.-China trade war, which he expects will continue to put downward pressure on the Mainland’s economy.

2020/01/08
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HKGCC Americas Committee Meeting in progress

Implications of HRDA

William Brown, Senior Consultant of the Chamber, discussed the potential impact of Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019 (HRDA) at the Americas Committee meeting on 8 January. He explained that the HRDA would significantly change the legal relationship between the U.S. and Hong Kong, contrary to some comments reported in the press. This is primarily because of a new obligation on the U.S. Secretary of State to certify to the U.S. Congress, on an annual basis, whether Hong Kong is “sufficiently autonomous” from Mainland China to justify its separate trade treatment from the latter. Wilson Chong, Senior Economist of the Chamber said that the act could hit Hong Kong’s attractiveness as a place to do business, given that it adds uncertainty to the business environment, which has been ranked as the world’s freest for the past 25 consecutive years in the World Economic Forum’s Annual Economic Freedom Index. He said that the immediate impact of HRDA on Hong Kong’s economy has so far been limited, but that the indirect impact on Hong Kong’s competitiveness in the long term is a concern. 

2020/01/08
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