Europe CommitteeIncoming Visitors


Meeting with Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry

Chamber Chairman Dr Aron Harilela met with Dr Martin Wansleben, CEO of DIHK and representatives from German Chamber of Commerce on 14 October to discuss current issues in Hong Kong and future developments of the Greater Bay Area. Both sides remained confident about Hong Kong’s strengths as a business and financial hub for the region. Harilela stressed that Hong Kong’s advantages, including its common law system, fully convertible currency, free trade and investment policy, geographical position as well as being a super connector for businesses looking to enter Mainland China made it unique.


Meeting with European Office to Hong Kong and Macao

Carmen Cano de Lasala, Head of Office, and Eva Valle Lagares, Head of Trade Section, of the European Union Office to Hong Kong and Macao met with Chamber Chairman Aron Harilela on 24 September. Cano de Lasala, raised her concern that the ongoing protests in Hong Kong may shake the confidence of foreign businesses. The Chairman said that he remained optimistic that confidence will quickly return once the current unrest is over, but he agreed that mediation and political solutions are essential to resolve the situation. He also pointed out that changes are needed in order to achieve sustainable business in Hong Kong.


Meeting with Business Delegation from Vienna

A business delegation from Vienna visited the Chamber on 11 September and was received by Europe Committee Vice Chairmen Wilhelm Brauner, Davide de Rosa, and Rosanna Choi together with Chamber members. Delegates briefed members on the latest developments in Vienna and projects that their companies were engaged in. They discussed collaboration opportunities in various industries, particularly the transportation sector. Members also enjoyed the famous Viennese Sachertorte, Viennese coffee and good wine.

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