19 March 2012
Seventh Eco Expo Asia Will Open in October
Business Promise for Eco Companies in Asia’s Booming Green Market
At today’s networking luncheon, Edward Yau, Hong Kong SAR Government Secretary for the Environment, emphasised the importance of Eco Expo Asia as a premium platform for promoting the development of the environmental industries and the introduction of green technologies and services, and underlined the government’s commitment in developing Hong Kong’s environmental industries.
Mr Yau said, “The growing aspirations for a quality living environment have added impetus to the development of various kinds of environmental industries, and generated tremendous business opportunities. The annual Eco Expo Asia has drawn together officials and business leaders in the green movement, and provided an excellent platform for exchanges. It has made significant contribution to the promotion of low-carbon and green living.”
This year’s Eco Expo Asia will again welcome big pavilions with exhibitors from the United Kingdom and the United States, together with a new Austria pavilion. Also speaking at the luncheon, Philomena Chen, Head of Asia Pacific Development, UK Trade & Investment North West, said: "Hong Kong offers a unique field for business, with an accountable government, a well-established rule of law, robust protection of IPR, a well-regulated banking system, and a free flow of people, ideas and information. Thanks to similar legal and international business-support services, an excellent communication infrastructure and the widespread use of English, UK firms involved in the environmental, infrastructural, professional and financial sectors will find doing business in Hong Kong familiar and straightforward, with plentiful and varied opportunities.
The environmental protection market is one of the pillar industries in China’s 12th Five-Year Programme. With the subsequent launch of energy efficiency and carbon reduction measures, demand for eco technologies in the mainland is on the rise. The Hong Kong SAR Government will implement Building Energy Efficiency legislation and the electric vehicle funding scheme to promote low-carbon living. Eco Expo Asia 2012 will introduces five product zones, namely ‘Energy Efficiency and Energy’, ‘Green Building’, ‘Waste Management and Recycling’, ‘Eco-friendly Product’ and ‘Green Transportation’.
“This fair brings business together – from Hong Kong, the Chinese mainland and around the world,” said Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) Deputy Executive Director Benjamin Chau. “Last year, 269 exhibitors from 16 countries and regions took part in the fair. Overseas exhibitors were up eight per cent. More than 8,400 trade visitors also participated, a five per cent increase over the previous year. They included some 220 government officials from the mainland.”
The seventh Eco Expo Asia is organised by the HKTDC and Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd, and co-organised by the Environment Bureau of the Hong Kong SAR Government. It is a major international trading platform for companies in the eco-products and services industries. The four-day event will present latest eco products and technologies, as well as a series of seminars on leading market trends. The concurrent Eco Asia Conference will highlight future developments in the environmental protection industries, featuring high-profile speakers in the field.
Eco Expo Asia Website: http://www.ecoexpoaisa.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