Asia & Africa CommitteeIncoming Visitors


Meeting with Ms Elizabeth Ward, Australian Consul General in Hong Kong

Chamber CEO George Leung welcomed Consul General Elizabeth Ward and Celia Ngou, Media Manager, from the Australian Consulate General to the Chamber on 24 May.

Both sides exchanged views on the economic outlook of Hong Kong and Australia, and discussed Hong Kong’s role in the Greater Bay Area and how both economies could benefit from this cooperation.

Consul General Ward said she looked forward to working with the Chamber to foster business ties once Covid-19 restrictions are eased.


Meeting with Belt and Road Office

Denis Yip, Commissioner for Belt and Road, paid a courtesy call on Chamber CEO George Leung and Belt & Road Working Group Co-Convenors Edmond Yue and Nicholas Ho on 18 March to discuss ways to help more businesses in Hong Kong and overseas get on the BRI train. He was accompanied by Deputy Commissioner Kesson Lee and his team from the Belt and Road Office.

Yip said his office had been organizing webinars to promote trade and investment between Hong Kong and Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia. He added that the Belt and Road Summit 2021, planned to take place in September, will feature a new emphasis on the Greater Bay Area (GBA), RCEP, ASEAN and their connection to the BRI. He explained that the his office’s work had been geared towards promoting Hong Kong as a top-class service provider to BRI countries, and leveraging Hong Kong’s advantages in sectors such as I&T, finance, startups, medical, construction and engineering. 

Leung said the Chamber and its BRI Working Group keeps members abreast of the latest developments of the BRI, and, through its connections with overseas chambers, connects members with potential partners in emerging markets in ASEAN and beyond.


Expanding Ties with Japan

Tomohiro Takashima, Director General of JETRO Hong Kong, paid a courtesy visit on the Chamber’s CEO George Leung on 10 March to present the findings of JETRO’s recent survey on Japanese companies’ confidence in Hong Kong’s business environment, and to discuss ways to collaborate and promote Japan-Hong Kong business. He was accompanied by Deputy Director General Yutaka Hashimoto and Officer Yusuke Kobayashi.

Takashima noted Hong Kong has been Japan’s largest export market for food products for many years. The export value of Japan’s farm and food products reached US$1.9 billion in 2020. Interestingly, Hong Kong has also become Japan’s largest importer of sake as local consumption rose by 16% in 2020, surpassing both China and the United States.

The two sides also discussed ways to win back the confidence of Japanese businesses and improve their perception of Hong Kong as a business destination. The Greater Bay Area, with a population of 730 million, presents a huge market and will bring about vast opportunities for foreign businesses looking to invest, with Hong Kong at the centre of all the action as an international business hub and world-class services provider.

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