Farmers and craftsmen in northern Honshu offer a bounty of quality produce that presents opportunities for Hong Kong SMEs.
13 May 2022
Tohoku, the northern region of Honshu Island, is a rich source of food, beverages and crafts. Producers in the region are eager to explore overseas markets, and bringing the products to Hong Kong consumers is creating opportunities for the city’s small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).More
A shortage of key resources resulting from the Russia-Ukraine war is pushing up costs in the world’s leading semiconductor producer.
11 May 2022
Although neither Russia nor Ukraine number among Taiwan’s leading trading partners, the European conflict has already dealt a blow to the territory’s economy. The conflict is likely to contribute to a rise in inflation, which is now expected to exceed 2% this year.More
Many people find the idea of writing a will daunting, but a Hong Kong start-up offers a digital solution that makes the whole process easier.
25 April 2022
Hong Kong online will-writing start-up NobleWills seeks to make estate planning easy and accessible for everyone. Established in December 2021 by co-founders Sarah Ip, a qualified lawyer, and Brian MacPherson, a software developer, the company launched simultaneously in Hong Kong and Singapore and is already looking to expand its range of products and services. Ms Ip discussed the firm’s progress so far.More
Hong Kong produces 120 tonnes of lignin a day from discarded wood – and chemicals derived from this waste can cut back on fossil fuel use.
20 April 2022
As any geologist can tell you, fossil fuels are the remains of long-gone plants and animals, many of them predating the denizens of Jurassic Park. This raises an obvious question – since we now discard huge amounts of plant and animal waste, could we not use such material to displace fossil fuels as sources of energy as well as products such as plastics and flavourants?More
The quarterly survey of business sentiment in the Greater Bay Areas shows hope that the recently launched RCEP will brighten prospects.
12 April 2022
The rollout of the giant Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), a new trade grouping that stretches from Japan on the fringes of the Arctic to New Zealand on the edge of the Antarctic, is driving optimism on long-term business prospects among enterprises in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (GBA).More
An app offering easily swapped gifts has already moved beyond its home base in Hong Kong.
11 April 2022
Global gifting app Prezitt lets users treat loved ones to anything from cupcakes and coffee to gift sets or beauty treatments in real time. A recipient who is not happy with what you have chosen for them can swap it for something else on the app, which currently has about 200 partner locations and 5,000 users, explains Prezitt Co-founder and CEO Alicia Tang.More
Traders in Hong Kong can buy and sell goods internationally under a set of uniform rules once a UN commercial law treaty becomes applicable to the city.
07 April 2022
Each economy has its own legal system and traditions as well as trade practices. Hence, cross-boundary contracts by traders, where not regulated by a set of uniform rules, inevitably raise problems of conflict of laws in the sense that in each case it would be necessary to establish which of the various domestic legal systems having connection with the contract will actually apply to it.More
An Israeli company’s smart driver monitoring system can alert drivers to drowsiness and other factors that might impede safety.
06 April 2022
Single-vehicle collisions on remote roads late at night; a highway crash caused by a driver texting while driving; a truck that veered off the road at the end of its driver’s 12-hour shift. A single thread runs through these sad and familiar scenarios – driver inattention.More