|2019/01/31||Meeting with the President of Lao National Chamber of Commerce and Industry|
Oudet Souvannavong, President of Lao National Chamber of Commerce and Industry, visited the Chamber on 31 January where he and his delegation were greeted by Asia & Africa Committee Chairman Behzad Mirzaei and Vice Chairman Andrew Wells. Souvannavong updated members on the latest developments of the Laos, stating that the country expected a healthy growth of 6.8% for the coming year. He told members that foreign investment in the country mainly originated from China, Vietnam, Thailand and Korea, and encouraged members to explore opportunities in new technology, tourism and infrastructure. The two sides also discussed the role of Laos and Hong Kong in the Belt and Road Initiative.
|2019/01/24||Meeting with the New Consul General of the State of Qatar|
Consul General of the State of Qatar Mohammed Sultan Al-Kuwari paid a courtesy visit to the Chamber on 24 January, where his team was received by Asia & Africa Committee Chairman Behzad Mirzaei and Vice Chairman Andrew Wells, along with members. This was Consul General Al-Kuwari’s first visit to the Chamber since he arrived in Hong Kong in November. During the meeting, Consul General Al-Kuwari pointed out the rapid growth in the Qatari economy over the past few years and explained the country’s latest policies to attract foreign investment, including free trade zones and the removal of limitations on foreign ownership of businesses. Qatar is one of the Chamber’s major destinations for Certificates of Origin, with HKGCC issuing around 14,000 COs and certificates of business documents to Qatar in 2018.
|2019/01/21||Strengthening Ties with Hokkaido, Japan |
Hiroshi Kuramoto, Director General of the Department of Economic Affairs of the Hokkaido Prefectural Government led a delegation to the Chamber. The delegation was welcomed by Vice-Chairman of the Asia & Africa Committee Nigel Collett, and PR & Programs Director Malcolm Ainsworth. Mr Kuramoto gave an update of the latest development in Hokkaido. Both sides also discussed the possibility to arrange a delegation to Hokkaido to explore the investment opportunities, especially in food manufacturing and hospitality.