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Indonesia-Hong Kong Business Trends, Co-operation and Relaunch Post Covid-19

A panel of excellent speakers came together on 22 June for our high-level webinar on Indonesia-Hong Kong business trends, co-operation and relaunch after the pandemic.

Sultan B. Najamudin, Deputy Speaker of the House of Regional Representatives of Indonesia, Edward Yau, Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development of Hong Kong, and Ricky Suhendar, Consul General of Indonesia, delivered remarks and talked about the close ties between the two regions, exemplified by Hong Kong's position as Indonesia's second largest source of foreign direct investment since 2021.

Aries Indanarto from Indonesia's Ministry of Investment, in his keynote speech, said RCEP will play an instrumental role in bringing the region closer and enhancing regional connectivity. He encouraged members to look into opportunities in renewable energy, labour-intesive manufacturing, digital economy and marine economy.

In the following panel discussion, speakers from Hong Kong and Indonesia discussed the latest trends in trade, infrastructure, e-commerce, logistics, as well as the differences in business culture between the regions. In particular, Eric Fok, Chairman of the Chamber's China Committee, explained Hong Kong's unique role as a platform connecting ASEAN countries including Indonesia with the rapidly developing Greater Bay Area. Brian Chan, Vice President of INACHAM, said culture and religion played a big role in Indonesia's business, and advised investors from Hong Kong to build up a local team in the country to better navigate the cultural differences.

Thanks also goes to the Indonesian Diaspora Network-China, Idepreneurs Indonesia, and the Chinese Indonesian Association (INTI) for co-organizing this webinar with us.


Asia & Africa Committee Meeting

It was good to be able to have members attend in person our Asia & Africa Committee meeting on 8 June with Amr Elhenawy, Consul General of Egypt in Hong Kong, who updated members on Egypt’s latest business developments. 

Elhenawy said Egypt’s historical ties with Europe and its strong connections with and cultural understanding of Africa and the Arab and Muslim world makes the country an ideal launchpad for businesses to position their business center there to enjoy access to both markets. He added that Egypt also enjoys preferential tariffs for trade with Europe and the U.S., and zero tariffs with other African countries through the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA), GAFTA and COMESA.

Following the presentation, the committee conducted its election. Members reelected Jonathan Lamport to stay on as Chairman, and Andrew Wells and Edmond Yue as Vice Chairmen, while Dewan Saiful Alam was newly elected as Vice Chairman.


A Deep Look into Tasmania Innovation and Technology

We had an informative webinar today on the investment opportunities in Tasmania, the most southerly state in Australia. Shannon Powell, Australia’s Senior Trade & Investment Commissioner for Hong Kong and Macao, gave members an overview of the country’s economy and priority sectors. In particular, she said the digital technology sector was one of Australia’s most promising sectors, projected to grow to over A$200 billion (HK$1.1 trillion) by 2030. She also encouraged members to look into the country’s plant-based meat and dairy sector.

Moving on to Tasmania specifically, John Perry, Coordinator-General at the Tasmanian Government, said 100% of the island’s energy came from renewable sources, with over three-quarters coming from hydropower plants. The state was therefore an ideal destination for companies looking to make their manufacturing greener and to meet carbon targets. He added that Tasmania was blessed with abundant natural resources, modern infrastructure, and a business-friendly environment, and that there were investment opportunities in setting up solar energy plants.

Also speaking at the webinar, Anna Barlow, Food Innovation Partner at Startupbootcamp Australia, introduced Startupbootcamp, one of the world’s largest accelerator programmes, serving over 1000 startups. This year, the programme is focusing on the circular economy, food, aqua and agritech, and fermentation technology. Philippa Butler, Global Talent Officer at Australia’s Department of Home Affairs, talked about Australia’s Global Talent Visa Program, which allows talented individuals to live, work and study in the country.

Thanks go to the Austrade and Tasmanian Government for co-organizing the webinar with our Asia & Africa Committee.

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