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Date
2021/09/20

Asia & Africa Committee Meeting

Ms Hazel Ip, Managing Director at All Trusted Medical, spoke at the Asia and Africa Committee Meeting on 20 September. She shared her experience about working in Africa as a young entrepreneur, where she set up a mobile clinic and helped her company, which supplies medical equipment such as IVD analyzers, become a trusted name in Kenya and South Sudan. 

Procuring medical equipment in Africa is never an easy task for hospitals, she says, as these are often not very accessible, and therefore costs a premium. Her company helps hospitals cut costs by introducing more budget-friendly alternatives to expensive brand-name equipment, and in turn contributes to making medical care more affordable. She adds that African countries have great demand of Hong Kong's professional expertise in areas such as shipping and logistics, and product marketing to help them reach international markets.

2021/08/13

JETRO visits the Chamber

Tomohiro Takashima, Director General of JETRO Hong Kong, accompanied by Deputy Director General Toshiaki Wakabayashi and Supervisor of Business Development Department Kelly Li, paid a courtesy visit to the Chamber on 13 August. They met with Chamber’s Asia and Africa Committee Chairman Jonathan Lamport and PR & Programs Director Malcolm Ainsworth.

The two sides discussed the impact of Covid-19 on trade between the two regions. Takashima said that the import of sake skyrocketed by 60% in 2020 mainly due to e-commerce, and he noticed that Japanese companies had started to place more importance on the Hong Kong domestic market with the likes of Donki and AEON opening new branches and bringing in new products. Takashima said according to their recent survey, the main challenge for Japanese companies doing business in Hong Kong was in acquiring new customers. Lamport suggested Japanese companies should look into bringing Japan’s advanced and mature elderly products and services to Hong Kong as Hong Kong’s elderly market had a lot of room to grow, and local spending power was high.

Both sides expressed hopes of opening borders as soon as possible so Hong Kong and Japan can resume normal business activities. 

2021/07/29

Fostering Ties with Australia

Shannon Powell, Senior Trade & Investment Commissioner and Deputy Consul General of Australia in Hong Kong, accompanied by Investment Manager Catherine Dai, paid a courtesy visit to the Chamber on 29 July. They met with Chamber CEO George Leung and PR & Programs Director Malcolm Ainsworth, and discussed ways to collaborate with the Chamber and foster bilateral relations.

Powell explained that Australia was Hong Kong’s seventh largest trade partner in services, and said that there were opportunities in digital technology, biotech, tourism, renewable energy, circular economy and advanced manufacturing. She added that green technology and biotech were the two areas likely to be most relevant to Hong Kong investors, and said that the Consulate was already working with some Hong Kong companies to help them enter the Australian market.

The two sides also discussed Hong Kong’s role as a regional and international logistics centre, as well as the impact of the pandemic on the logistics sector and trade fairs. They agreed to organize information sessions and meetings to help members learn more about the business opportunities in Australia, as well as the different laws, regulations and tax regimes across provinces.

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