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Date
2021/08/20

Meeting with Nick Heath, Director General Hong Kong & Macao, Department for International Trade at British Consulate-General

Nick Heath, recently appointed Director-General of Trade and Investment, and Corin Wilson, Director of Trade and Investment Hong Kong and Macao, at the Department for International Trade of the British Consulate-General Hong Kong, visited the Chamber on 20 August. Chamber CEO George Leung, Europe Committee Chairman Davide De Rosa, and Director for PR & Programs Malcolm Ainsworth welcomed the guests and discussed a broad range of topics with them, including the progress of vaccinations, sustainability issues, and the opportunities in the Greater Bay Area. 

Heath said that there is growing interest in sustainability and environmental concerns, adding that the British experience in green policies and initiatives, such as carbon strategy, could be helpful for Hong Kong. He also said that his department was active in promoting sectors such as e-commerce, finance and medtech in the region, which have been given a boost by the pandemic.

The two sides also discussed opportunities to increase cooperation between Hong Kong and British businesses, in particular in green and new technology areas.

2021/03/10

Chamber Welcomes EU Office’s New Head of Trade Section

Walter van Hattum, recently appointed Head of Trade of the European Union Office to Hong Kong and Macao, visited the Chamber on 10 March with colleagues Sami Al Daghistani, and Weng Lam Chu, where they were welcomed by Chamber CEO George Leung, General Committee Member and Europe Committee Chairman Jennifer Chan, and PR & Programs Director Malcolm Ainsworth.

Van Hattum introduced the latest trade developments concerning the European Union (E.U.) and its trading partners, and discussed the bloc’s economic and e-commerce policies. The E.U. is currently reviewing its trade policy, van Hattum said, in order to address issues arising from the Coronavirus pandemic, but expects it will still be the most open trade bloc in the world.

The two sides also discussed possible impacts on Hong Kong businesses brought by the Comprehensive Agreement on Investment reached in principle by Mainland China and the E.U. last December after seven years of negotiations.

2021/01/13

Meeting with Consul General of Ireland

David Costello, Consul General of Ireland, met with the Chamber’s CEO George Leung, and Europe Committee Chairman Jennifer Chan on 13 January to introduce an exciting project he is working on to highlight the strong historical ties between Ireland and Hong Kong. Interestingly, the Chamber’s first Chairman Alexander Perceval, and first LegCo Representative Thomas Jackson, were both born in Ireland. During the meeting they also discussed the development of Hong Kong and Ireland’s business and financial services and possible synergies.

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