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HKTDC 2012/13 Annual Report Tabled in Legco
Promoting Hong Kong Services a Growing Role for Council

10 July 2013 Despite a challenging global economy, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) made progress by promoting Hong Kong as Asia’s central business district,” according to the Council’s 2012/13 annual report. The report was tabled today in the Legislative Council.  

Economic Transformation
Services are central to business today, said HKTDC Chairman Jack So. In the annual report, Mr So noted the Council’s increasing focus on the services sector. He said it reflected Hong Kong’s economic transformation over the years, “from manufacturing centre to re-export centre to services industry centre.”

Mr So added that the Council devotes an equal share of its resources “to promoting a wide spectrum of services sectors. Just as we promote Hong Kong’s products, we now also help the service sectors find new markets and match them with potential clients, especially those from the mainland, where the services economy is still expanding.”

Major Services Events
HKTDC Executive Director Fred Lam looked back on the 2012/13 fiscal year in the report. Among the highlights, said Mr Lam, was “Think Global, Think Hong Kong.” The Council’s biggest promotion of the past year, it took place over a week in Tokyo and Osaka, Japan. The May 2012 event attracted more than 3,700 participants to business forums and seminars in the two cities.

Financial Forum
Mr Lam also cited the January 2013 Asian Financial Forum, which attracted nearly 2,400 participants from around the world. “They came to hear about the latest opportunities in Asia from more than 90 internationally respected leaders in government, finance and business,” said Mr Lam. The Forum is organised annually by the HKTDC and the Hong Kong SAR Government.

The report also noted the strong attendance growth of two second-year services events organised by the Council – the November 2012 Asian Logistics and Maritime Conference and the December 2012 Business of IP Asia Forum.

Mainland Initiatives
Mr So also outlined the HKTDC’s plans for the coming year in the report. He said the Council would be led by “two new initiatives: helping foreign companies enter the mainland market through Hong Kong and assisting mainland companies to do international expansion through Hong Kong. In both directions,” he said, “there is a value-add to Hong Kong’s services sector, particularly banking and finance, and the professional services.”

Online Report
An online, interactive version of the HKTDC’s 2012/13 annual report has also been produced. It offers videos, multimedia graphics and other interactive features. The report is available at: www.hktdc.com/annualreport2013/


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About the HKTDC
A statutory body established in 1966, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) is the international marketing arm for Hong Kong-based traders, manufacturers and service providers . With more than 40 global offices, including 11 on the Chinese mainland, the HKTDC promotes Hong Kong as a platform for doing business with China and throughout Asia. The HKTDC also organises trade fairs and business missions to connect companies with opportunities in Hong Kong and on the mainland, while providing information via trade publications, research reports and online. For more information, please visit: www.hktdc.com. 

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