As Asia continues to drive the global economy's recovery and growth, North American companies keen on exploring new business opportunities in the East can partner with Hong Kong, Asia's international trade and financial centre, in their search for success.
9:30–10:00 Opening Session
10:00–10:40 (1) Think Asia, Think Hong Kong
Given the continuing global economic shift to East and the rise of Asia's emerging markets, Hong Kong is perfectly placed to help overseas companies sell their goods and services in Asia, particularly the Chinese mainland. Prominent business leaders will share their experience and insights into realizing opportunities in the booming markets of Asia.
10:40–11:05 Q&A Session
11:05–11:25 Coffee Break
11:25–12:05 (2) Overseas Companies finding success in Asia through the Hong Kong Platform
Internationally renowned companies will reveal how they took advantage of Hong Kong services and the city's international business network to succeed.
12:05–12:30 Q&A Session
12:30-14:00 Networking Luncheon
Afternoon Thematic Sessions 14:00-17:30
14:00 Selling to China and throughout Asia
Featuring speakers from Hong Kong and Canada, this session will highlight successful experiences on how to tap into the Asian market through Hong Kong. Speakers will share their insights into how Canadian companies can better expand their business in Asia, especially the Chinese mainland, by utilising Hong Kong' s distribution, marketing and professional expertise. Several speakers will also speak on the advantages of doing business in Hong Kong.
14:00 Hong Kong: The Gateway for Chinese Outbound Investment
Encouraged by China's 12th Five Year Plan in 2011, Chinese mainland enterprises have increasingly sought overseas investment and partnership opportunities in a wide array of industries, ranging from natural resources and energy to intangible assets such as technologies, brands and distribution channels. Accumulated outward direct investment reached US$660 billion at the end of 2013, with close to 60% directed to, or channeled through, Hong Kong. This session will discuss the latest trends and characteristics of the outbound investment needs of Chinese mainland enterprises, and illustrate Hong Kong’s world-class services platform as the ideal conduit for facilitating and managing mainland enterprises’ overseas investments.
14:00 Hong Kong – A Base for Technology Companies to Grow Business in Asia
Hong Kong's R&D capability, efficient professional services, and business-friendly environment can help to facilitate Canadian technology companies to develop and commercialize their technology products for the China Chinese mainland and Asia markets.
14:00 RMB Internationalization: A New Era for Global Trade and Finance
Renminbi (RMB) internationalization has made significant progress and is becoming a key trend in global trade and finance. Already, trade and direct investment transactions with China are increasingly being settled in RMB. Options for RMB financing are also developing and institutions are making good use of the dim-sum bond market and other channels to fund their activities both onshore and offshore. Meanwhile, portfolio investment opportunities in RMB are also expanding with such schemes as the RQFII and the Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect. Hong Kong, as the global RMB financial hub, provides one-stop services to meet the growing RMB needs of corporates and investors from different parts of the world. In this session, a panel of experts from the financial sector will discuss the latest developments in the offshore RMB market and how businesses can make use of the expanding new opportunities.
Throughout the day Business Matching Activities
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Contacts: Julie Au or Jill Chien
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