|2021/06/04||Chamber Bids Farewell to JETRO’s Hashimoto|
Chamber CEO George Leung, former Asia & Africa Committee Chairman Behzad Mirzaei, and Chamber PR & Events Director Malcolm Ainsworth, joined a dinner to bid farewell to Yutaka Hashimoto, Deputy Director General, JETRO Hong Kong, who was taking up a new post in Tokyo. Mirzaei thanked Hashimoto for all of his work in boosting JETRO-HKGCC cooperation, including two very successful business missions to Kansai and Hokkaido. Leung presented Hashimoto with a HKGCC soccer kit, as a small souvenir and said he hopes the Chamber will have the opportunity to visit him on a mission to Japan once the pandemic restrictions are lifted. Tomohiro Takashima, Director General of JETRO Hong Kong, and Hashimoto’s replacement, Toshiaki Wakabayashi, also joined the dinner. All participants have been fully vaccinated.
|2021/06/01||Asia & Africa Committee Meeting|
The Asia and Africa Committee held its committee meeting on 1 June. Tareq Rafi Bhuiyan, Managing Director of NewVision Solutions Ltd and Secretary-General of the Japan-Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry, updated members on Bangladesh’s development. He said the country had seen remarkable GDP growth averaging 6% in the past seven years, and had surpassed India in GDP per capita.
Bangladesh is known for its garments industry, which is the second biggest in the world. Bhuiyan said that apart from garments, there were a number of other important sectors in the country, including agro-food processing, light engineering, consumer goods, automobile, financial services, ICT, pharmaceuticals and healthcare, and home appliances.
He explained that Bangladesh’s pharmaceuticals industry grew by 11% in the past five years, and although exports stood at US$136 million only, there was vast potential for growth. He added that the country imported US$1.3 billion worth of raw active pharmaceutical ingredients every year, of which 90% originated from China and India.
Speaking on Bangladesh’s e-commerce sector, Bhuiyan said the sector grew at an astonishing 75% per year and its online grocery marketplace had been experiencing double-digit growth in terms of the number of deliveries. Major players such as Uber, Foodpanda and Alibaba have taken a foothold in the country.
Following the presentation, the committee conducted its election. Members elected Jonathan Lamport to be the new Chairman, while Natalia Sukhanova, Andrew Wells and Edmond Yue were elected Vice Chairmen. The outgoing Chairman Nigel Collett congratulated the incoming Chairman and Vice Chairmen, and thanked members for their support during his tenure.
|2021/05/26||Meeting with Mr Amr Elhenawy, Consul General of Egypt|
Amr Elhenawy, Consul General of Egypt in Hong Kong, paid a courtesy call to the Chamber on 26 May to meet with Asia & Africa Committee Chairman Nigel Collett, to foster relations between Egypt and Hong Kong businesses.
Consul General Elhenawy gave an update on Egypt’s latest economic developments. He said that China and Egypt had been working closely together in the past decade, and many infrastructure investment deals between the two countries had been signed. Having recently arrived at his post in Hong Kong, he said his first goal was to help promote the city’s importance as a regional financial hub and gateway to the Greater Bay Area to the Egyptian business community, and also to spread the word in Hong Kong about the opportunities in Africa.