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Invest Hong Kong assists record number of overseas and Mainland companies to set up or expand in Hong Kong (with photos/video)

     Invest Hong Kong (InvestHK) today (January 28) announced that the Department assisted 337 overseas and Mainland companies to set up or expand in Hong Kong in 2013. This number represents an all-time high and an almost 7 per cent year-on-year increase.

     The Director-General of Investment Promotion, Mr Simon Galpin was delighted to see the increase in completed projects.

     "2013 was another record year for InvestHK in terms of completed projects. The positive results showed that Hong Kong continues to attract overseas and Mainland investors because of its enduring advantages and new business opportunities," Mr Galpin said.

     "In the year ahead, however, we will remain cognisant of global economic trends and continue to identify the sectors and markets which will reap the best benefits for Hong Kong. Our outreach to priority markets including Mainland, ASEAN nations and France, will include both multinationals and startup businesses that aspire to set up in our city," Mr Galpin added.

2013 Annual Results: Highlights

     The 337 completed projects derived from a record 41 economies. Mainland China continued to be the largest single source of investment into Hong Kong with a total of 71 projects, many of them leveraging Hong Kong's advantages to go global. It was followed by the US with 48 completed projects, Japan (37), the UK (36), and France (16). For the first time, InvestHK assisted a company from Bahrain to set up in Hong Kong. The client, ASB Biodiesel, established a biodiesel plant in Tseung Kwan O.

     In terms of sectors, companies in asset management, particularly fund management houses, biomedical companies and financial technology companies were keen to set up and expand in Hong Kong.

     In Asia, Mainland China and Japan both reported significant year-on-year growth, with the respective number of completed projects up by 14.5 per cent (62 projects in 2012) and 37 per cent (27 projects in 2012). In addition, Japan regained third place for the first time in eight years. In Europe, the gains were largely seen in France and the UK, with the number of completed projects rising by 14.3 per cent and 24.1 per cent, respectively, compared to a year previously.

Looking Forward

     Mr Galpin said that Hong Kong continued to see an increasing number of entrepreneurs from overseas economies were leveraging its advantages to expand their businesses globally. In terms of numbers, since 2010 there has been a five-fold increase in the number of incubators and co-work spaces in Hong Kong, while the number of investment visa applications and startup companies assisted by the department both grew by about 60 per cent.

     "Our city is not only popular for multinationals with global functions but is also increasingly a magnet for entrepreneurs who are attracted by the business convenience and opportunities it has to offer," Mr Galpin said. He noted that in response to this trend, the Department will soon launch the StartmeupHK Venture Programme 2014.

About InvestHK

     InvestHK is the department of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region 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 of December 2013, Invest Hong Kong has completed over 3 090 investment projects creating more than 34 900 new jobs in the first year of operation or expansion and over HK$82 billion of investment. For more information, please visit

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Ends/Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Issued at HKT 16:40


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