Webinar: Manufacturing and Business Opportunity in Cambodia

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Cambodia is at the centre of Southeast Asia. Several Special Economic Zones (SEZ) have been established and her economy is blooming in recent years. It is a hot spot for Hong Kong manufacturing business. The Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) organizes the webinar “Business and Manufacturing Opportunities in Cambodia” and invites Mr Sin Siya, … Read more

BUD Fund grant $260m in 1st half of 2020

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The Hong Kong Productivity Council (HKPC) released the latest figures of “Dedicated Fund on Branding, Upgrading and Domestic Sales” (BUD Fund) in a press release. Due to the US-China conflict, the Chief Innovation Officer Dr Lawrence Cheung reflected that a lot of manufacturers moved their factories from mainland China to Southeast Asia (ASEAN members) and … Read more

Webinar: China-ASEAN FTA to Chinese market

The COVID-19 pandemic has tremendously impacted global supply chain and demand while Sino-US relation has declined to the lowest in decades. Thus many manufacturers moved their factories from mainland China to ASEAN region. On the other hand, China is proactively developing domestic market (“Circular economy”). The Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between China and the ASEAN … Read more

Google and Facebook Pacific light cable network to Taiwan and Philippines

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Due to the US national security and the worry of American user information theft by China, the US Department of Justice advised the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to abandon a plan of building trans-Pacific undersea cable to Hong Kong by Google and Facebook. The advice was on 17th June this year, and it also advised … Read more

BUD Fund increases by 12% in 1st half of 2020

Mr Mohamed D. Butt, the executive director of Hong Kong Productivity Council, mentioned in an event that the BUD Fund grant increased by 12% in the first half of 2020, compared to the same period in 2019. It showed that Hong Kong companies know more how to use government fund in markets outside Hong Kong. … Read more

BUD Fund ASEAN countries at a glance

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BUD Fund (Dedicated Fund for Branding, Upgrading and Domestic Sales) was launched in 2012. It is a fund to assist Hong Kong firms to expand in mainland China and boost their competitiveness. Hong Kong and ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Natiosn) signed the “Free Trade Agreement” and “Investment Agreement” on 12th Nov 2017. Therefore the … Read more

BUD Fund FTA economies at a glance

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BUD Fund extended to the ASEAN in 2018, divided into “Mainland Programme” and “ASEAN Programme”. It furthered to all economies which signed a free trade agreement (FTA) with Hong Kong, and ASEAN Programme upgraded as “FTA Programme“. After signing “Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement” (CEPA) with mainland China, Hong Kong signed a FTA with 7 economies … Read more

Thailand loosens travel ban to Hong Kong

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The Thai Government announced that the travel ban to 5 jurisdictions (includes Hong Kong) will be loosen on 1st July 2020. Hong Kong people with work permit will be exempted from a 14-day quarantine if they have COVID-19 tests both in Hong Kong and upon arrival. And they have to observe the restriction to not … Read more

WhatsApp Pay launched

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After more than 2 years testing in India, WhatsApp launched the digital payment service in Brazil. (India and Brazil have the first and second most WhatsApp users). Facebook (the parent company of WhatsApp) is pushing more e-Commerce to its platform. Users can send money free while businesses are charged around 4% to receive the money. … Read more

ASEAN: Potential Indonesia

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The Free Trade Agreement between Hong Kong and ASEAN (about Indonesia) will be in effect on 4th July, 2020. The SME, HKET news interviewed a consultancy specializing on ASEAN market to explore the potential. Hong Kong products such as watch, toy and jewelry will have reduced tariff, and Hong Kong service providers will have better … Read more