Asia & Africa CommitteeIncoming Visitors


Exploring Opportunities in Kuwait

We were delighted to have a constructive meeting with Consul General of the State of Kuwait Naser S. Alghanim on 31 January. HKGCC Deputy Chairman Agnes Chan, CEO George Leung, Asia & Africa Committee Chairman Jonathan Lamport and Vice Chairman Andrew Wells welcomed the CG and his team, who visited the Chamber to explore ways to strengthen Hong Kong-Kuwait ties.

CG Alghanim said Kuwait had a strong financial and banking sector, led by some of the largest banks in the region including the National Bank of Kuwait and Kuwait Finance House, a leader in Islamic banking. The country was also home to one of the top stock exchanges in the Middle East. He said Kuwait was diversifying its economy and regarded China as their key partner, demonstrated by the fact that the Kingdom has four diplomatic missions in the Mainland and Hong Kong.

CG Alghanim also connected the Chamber with the Kuwait Chamber of Commerce & Industry and both sides agreed to organize events to foster ties between China, Hong Kong and Kuwait.


Exploring Hong Kong-India Collaboration

Satwant Khanalia, Consul General of India, together with Consuls Priyanka Mehtani and Renjina Mary Varghese, paid a courtesy visit on Asia & Africa Committee Chairman Jonathan Lamport and Vice Chairmen Andrew Wells and Dewan Saiful Alam on 18 January.

CG Khanalia said that as Hong Kong reopened its borders, she was busy helping Indian delegations arrange their visits and expected numerous groups coming in April. Speaking of India’s sectors of growth, she there were many opportunities in gems & jewelry, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, handicrafts, and renewable energy.

In particular, the pharmaceuticals industry had been booming in the past decade, with exciting developments and new players emerging in areas such as vaccines, generic medicine, medical equipment and advanced biotechnology.

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