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Invest Hong Kong encourages Guangdong companies to "Go Global" via Hong Kong (with photo)

     Invest Hong Kong (InvestHK) today (December 6) hosted the "Hong Kong - Your Platform to Going Global" CEO seminars in Foshan and Zhongshan, encouraging local companies to expand overseas via Hong Kong by leveraging Hong Kong's business advantages to achieve the national imperative of "going global".

     The seminars explained Hong Kong's advantages in the services sector, in particular, the Consumer Products and Transport and Industrial fields, and how companies in both cities could use Hong Kong as a platform to expand their business to international markets. The event was jointly organised by InvestHK, The Bureau of Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation of Foshan Municipality, Zhong Shan Bureau of Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation and Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Guangdong of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. The Director-General of Investment Promotion, Mr Simon Galpin, delivered speeches at both seminars, and Deputy Director of Bureau of Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation of Foshan Municipality, Mr Wang Zheng, Vice Mayor of Zhongshan Municipal Government, Mr Feng Yurong, delivered remarks at the Foshan and Zhongshan seminars, respectively.

     Elaborating on Hong Kong's enduring business advantages, Mr Galpin said, "Guangdong and Hong Kong have long enjoyed close economic and trade relations, as reflected by the frequent flows of people, goods and capital between both places. Hong Kong ranks highly for its business-friendly environment, the absence of foreign exchange controls, free trade and free market economy, diversified talent pool, world-class infrastructure, sound and independent legal system, as well as its low tax regime. Against this backdrop, it serves as an ideal testing ground for Mainland companies to expand their overseas markets and 'go global'.

     "With Hong Kong as the bridge between the Mainland and international markets, Mainland companies can leverage on Hong Kong's diversified and professional service providers and international marketing experiences to expand their global business," Mr Galpin continued.

     Head of Consumer Products of InvestHK, Ms Yvonne Lin, and Head of Transport and Industrial, Mr Benjamin Wong, also gave presentations during the seminars, highlighting Hong Kong's business advantages and opportunities in their sectors, and the various types of free services and assistance that InvestHK can offer to Guangdong companies that intend to set up in Hong Kong and "go global".

     The Foshan CEO Luncheon and Zhongshan CEO dinner seminars were the second leg of InvestHK's Pearl River Delta five-city roadshow in Guangdong Province. The first leg encompassed events yesterday in Jiangmen and Zhaoqing. The InvestHK delegation will head to Zhuhai to present Hong Kong's business advantages to local entrepreneurs tomorrow (December 7). The Zhuhai event will be co-organised by InvestHK, Zhuhai Science, Technology, Industry, Trade and Information Technology Bureau and Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Guangdong of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. Mr Galpin and Deputy Secretary-General of Zhuhai Government, Mr Zhong Guosheng will give welcome remarks.

About Invest Hong Kong

     Invest Hong Kong is the department of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government established in July 2000 to take responsibility for Foreign Direct Investment and support overseas and Mainland businesses to set up or expand in Hong Kong.  It provides free advice and customised services to help businesses succeed in Hong Kong's vibrant economy.  As at June 2012, Invest Hong Kong has completed over 2,600 investment projects creating over 30,000 new jobs in the first year of operation or expansion and HK$67 billion of investment. For more information, please visit

     For event photos, please visit:

Ends/Thursday, December 6, 2012
Issued at HKT 16:33


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