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HKTDC’s Biggest Hong Kong Promotion in Japan Opens
“Think Global, Think Hong Kong” Marketing Hong Kong

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Hong Kong SAR Government Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Gregory So, speaking at this morning’s “Think Global, Think Hong Kong” symposium in Tokyo, said that Hong Kong’s “unique strengths can assist Japanese firms in spreading their wings to reach markets on the Chinese mainland, across Asia and all over the world”

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Mitsuyoshi Yanagisawa, Japan’s Senior Vice Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, told today’s Tokyo symposium participants that “Japanese SMEs would hope Hong Kong will continue to be their partner for globalisation and serve as their gateway to international markets”

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HKTDC Executive Director Fred Lam, who opened the Tokyo symposium this morning, emphasised the Hong Kong-Japan economic partnership: “Whatever your product, service or business idea, partner with Hong Kong. Together, we can create opportunity that rewards us all”

15 May 2012 – A major symposium was held today in Tokyo, part of “Think Global, Think Hong Kong” (TGTHK), the largest promotional campaign ever launched in Japan by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC). TGTHK continues through 19 May.

A delegation of more than 130 Hong Kong government officials and business leaders from 15 sectors are taking part in the week-long programme. The events are expected to attract more than 2,000 Japanese corporate leaders, government representatives, heads of small and medium-sized enterprises, services providers, academics and opinion leaders with a special interest in Asia. 

Hong Kong-Japan Partnership
Hong Kong’s role as Asia’s services platform, financial centre and gateway to China business opportunities highlight the Tokyo symposium, as well as a second symposium, in Osaka, 17 May.

“Through the symposiums, we aim to foster even stronger ties between Hong Kong and Japan, highlighting how our city’s unique strengths can assist Japanese firms in spreading their wings to reach markets on the Chinese mainland, across Asia and all over the world,” said Hong Kong SAR Government Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Gregory So, speaking at this morning’s symposium in Tokyo.

HKTDC Executive Director Fred Lam, who opened the symposium, emphasised the promise of partnership that the two economies offer each other. “Whatever your product, service or business idea, partner with Hong Kong. Together, we can create opportunity that rewards us all.”

Also speaking at the opening, Mitsuyoshi Yanagisawa, Japan’s Senior Vice Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, said that “Japanese SMEs would hope Hong Kong will continue to be their partner for globalisation and serve as their gateway to international markets.”

A series of thematic sessions will also take place in Tokyo and Osaka, offering participants marketing intelligence and practical information on how Japanese companies can work with Hong Kong to do business in Asia, especially the Chinese mainland. Topics include selling consumer brands, creating and distributing digital content, partnership opportunities in environmental and manufacturing technology, setting up business in the mainland’s Pearl River Delta, professional legal advice for doing business on the mainland, and opportunities from Hong Kong’s expanding renminbi business.

Prominent Speakers
More than 80 high-profile speakers from Hong Kong and Japan are taking part in Think Global, Think Hong Kong. They include: Tadashi Okamura, Chairman of the Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and Industry Advisor to the Board, Toshiba Corporation; Shigetaka Sato, Chairman of the Osaka Chamber of Commerce, and Chairman of the Board; Keihan Electric Railway Co Ltd; Philip Chen, Managing Director, Hang Lung Properties; James E Thompson, Chairman and Chief Executive of Crown Worldwide Holdings; Fang Fang, JP Morgan’s Managing Director, Vice Chairman, Asia, and Chief Executive Officer, China, Investment Banking; Takehiko Nakao, Japan’s Vice Minister  of  Finance for International Affairs, Ministry of Finance; Norman TL Chan, Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority; Dr Jonathan Choi, Chairman of the Hong Kong-Japan Business Cooperation Committee; Song Zheng Huan, Chairman of the mainland’s Goodbaby Group; and Anita Fung, Chief Executive Officer, Hong Kong, The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Ltd.

Business Consultation
Professional services providers from Hong Kong’s corporate, accounting and legal sectors will be offering free business consultation to participants throughout the events. Two HKTDC missions covering health food and technology, and two missions organised by the Hong Kong Cyberport Management Company Ltd and the Law Society of Hong Kong, are attending the symposiums in Tokyo and Osaka, presenting additional networking opportunities for Japanese companies.

Hong Kong Dinner in Tokyo
The HKTDC’s Fred Lam will host a Hong Kong Dinner in Tokyo tonight, with more than 650 business and political leaders from Hong Kong and Japan attending the gala evening.

Japanese Supporting Organisations
Think Global, Think Hong Kong is organised in association with the Japan External Trade Organisation and Small and Medium Enterprises and Regional Innovation, Japan. In addition, the promotion welcomes the support of more than 100 Japanese organisations, including the Tokyo Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Osaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Japan Association of Corporate Executives, Japan New Business Conferences, Osaka Prefectural Government, Kawasaki City, Kobe City, Kyoto City, the Kansai Economic Federation, the Kansai Association of Corporate Executives, and the Japan-China Economic Relations and Trade Centre.

Fourteen Hong Kong partners are lending their support to TGTHK: the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (Tokyo), the Innovation and Technology Commission, InvestHK, the Information Services Department, the Hong Kong Cyberport Management Company Ltd, Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Ltd, the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, the Hong Kong Japanese Chamber of Commerce & Industry, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, the Hong Kong Science & Technology Parks Corporation, the Hong Kong Tourism Board, the Japan Society of Hong Kong, and the Law Society of Hong Kong.

Think Global, Think Hong Kong Website: www.thinkglobalthinkhk.com 

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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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