- Özgür Töre
As Hong Kong reopens its doors to Mainland China and the world at large, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) is preparing for a full season of global Trade Fairs, Conferences and Overseas Promotions to create opportunities for the Hong Kong, Mainland and international business communities.
The HKTDC welcomes the relaxation of quarantine measures announced by the Hong Kong SAR Government on Thursday (Jan 19), and will work together with the Government to attract Mainland Chinese and overseas business people to return to Hong Kong and accelerate Hong Kong's commercial and trade development.
Having just concluded the Asian Financial Forum (Jan 11-12) and several trade fairs (toys & games, babies, stationery, and wine & spirits) with business people from some 100 countries, the HKTDC announced its strategy for 2023-2024, supporting the Hong Kong SAR Government's policies to strengthen the city's economy and its status as a global business hub.
HKTDC's 2023-2024 major work will include:
1) Help Hong Kong attract investment and talent by creating opportunities that bring international and Mainland companies to do business via Hong Kong:
* HKTDC will mark the 10th anniversary of the Belt and Road Initiative, enriching the content of the Belt and Road Summit;
* HKTDC will promote Hong Kong's role in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (GBA) to both the Mainland and overseas markets;
* HKTDC will organise overseas missions led by Hong Kong SAR Govt. officials to attract more overseas companies to do business via Hong Kong
* HKTDC will enhance deal-making work through major conferences the Asian Financial Forum and Belt and Road Summit and other industry events.
2) Telling Hong Kong stories to overseas business communities utilizing HKTDC's network of 50 offices worldwide and 47 Hong Kong Business Associations:
* The long-awaited overseas mega promotion, Think Business, Think Hong Kong, will be held in Thailand in Jul, while other seminars will be held around the world;
* The HKTDC will organise Hong Kong pavilions at major expos and fairs, such as China International Fair for Trade in Services in Beijing, CIIE in Shanghai, China International Consumer Products Expo in Haikou (Hainan Expo), Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nuremberg International Toy Fair and MIDO Eyewear Show in Milan.
3) Reinforce pillar industries and develop emerging industries by promoting opportunities in tech and innovation, medical and healthcare, and integrating these into our pillar industry events:
* In addition to HKTDC's Exhibition+ model and Click2Match digital service, the HKTDC will consolidate the tech-oriented fairs in April and launch the new Business of Innovation and Technology Week with the new InnoEx, replacing the International ICT Expo;
* An expanded version of International Healthcare Week, integrating the Asia Summit on Global Health and HK International Medical and Healthcare Fair, will be held in May to reinforce Hong Kong's position as a premier medical and healthcare innovation and investment platform;
* With Eco Expo as the anchor event, we will expand the promotion of sustainability across other HKTDC platforms by highlighting the theme at major conferences and trade fairs, and launching an ESG track under the Transformation Sandbox (T-Box) SME support programme and other platforms;
* In addition, the ESG track will be featured at major industry events, including Asian Financial Forum, Asian Logistics, Maritime and Aviation Conference and more.
4) Support enterprises, especially SMEs and start-ups, with year-round support programmes:
* The HKTDC will continue with its Support Scheme for Pursuing Development in the Mainland to help Hong Kong companies operating in the mainland, with T-Box for Hong Kong SMEs, GoGBA platform for Hong Kong and international companies tapping the GBA market, Start-up Express for start-ups as well as with Design Gallery (DG) to promote local brands and designs;
* The younger generation can expand their horizons by joining HKTDC Trade Ambassador Programme (TAP) to learn about HK’s different industries and opportunities, especially in the GBA.
The HKTDC remains committed to connecting businesses with opportunities via Hong Kong, promoting the city's advantages to the global business community and strengthening its role as a world-class business hub, and as a two-way investment and trade platform for GBA, ASEAN and RCEP.