Pack your sombreros: HKGCC seminar preludes Greg So Mexico visit

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A seminar hosted by the Consulate General of Mexico highlighted the Fragrant Harbour’s emerging lucrative relationship with the Latin American nation.

Photo: Consul General of Mexico Amb. Alicia Buenrosto Massieu speaking at the seminar in Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce on Monday, August 17 (Consulate General of Mexico).

“Think Opportunities, Think Mexico – Explore your business potential in Mexico” was the enthusiastic title of last Monday’s seminar, hosted by the Consulate General of Mexico in Hong Kong, the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce (HKGCC), and CWCC Certified Public Accountants. It featured many high powered speakers representing the city’s diplomatic and business circles, including Consul General of Mexico Amb. Alicia Buenrosto Massieu, Assistant Director-General of the Trade and Industry Department Enoch Yuen (袁嘉諾), Director of Product Promotion of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council Stephen Liang (梁國浩), Trade Commissioner of ProMéxico Hong Kong Alejandro García, Counselor of the Mexico Secretariat of Economy Susana Muñoz, and HKGCC Chairman of the Americas Committee Thomas Wong (黃華燊).

The seminar preludes a trip to Mexico by a 24-person delegation led by Secretary of Commerce and Economic Development Gregory So (蘇錦樑) and Executive Director of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) Margaret Fong (方舜文). Representing 18 Hong Kong companies, the delegates “will be looking for opportunities in a range of sectors, including multi-product areas such as garments and garment accessories, footwear, lighting, fashion and jewellery,” according to Joe Kainz, HKTDC Corporate Communication Manager. The delegation will first make a stop in Santiago, Chile from August 23 to 25, then visit Mexico City from August 26 to 28. The trip is “part of the HKTDC’s mission to explore new markets for Hong Kong SMEs,” said Kainz.

The speakers of Monday’s seminar emphasized the growing relationship between Hong Kong and Mexico, citing a 30% growth in commerce in the past three years, Cathay Pacific cargo flights to Mexico set to increase to six per week, and bilateral agreements such as the Double Tax Avoidance Agreement.

When asked about the HKTDC’s role in Mexico, Kainz also referenced several Memoranda of Understanding with key partners in Mexico promoting “trade and cooperation between SMEs from the two jurisdictions” and opening doors for Mexican companies “not only to China, but the rest of Asia, thanks to Hong Kong’s privileged position.”