The Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) began running its SmartHK programme in major cities in Mainland China (including Guangzhou, Jinan, Chengdu, Fuzhou and Hangzhou) in 2011. This year's SmartHK is the first large-scale HKTDC in the mainland since border reopening with Mainland China. It is of special significance to connect enterprises from the two places.
The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) is a giant trade area extending from the fringes of the Arctic (Hokkaido, Japan, main picture) to the Antarctic (New Zealand) and encompassing the giant economy of Mainland China as well as Korea and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Australia.
SmartHK is the Hong Kong Trade Development Council’s (HKTDC) annual promotion event held in leading cities in Mainland China (including Guangzhou, Jinan, Chengdu, Fuzhou and Hangzhou) since 2011. The conference-oriented forum offers interactive sessions and business matching services for enterprises.
Business confidence in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area rallied to a record high in the first quarter of this year after the Mainland China-Hong Kong borders fully reopened.
The Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) this week launched the Foshan GoGBA Business Support Centre for Hong Kong businesses, a facility co-organised by the HKTDC and Foshan Association of Enterprises with Foreign Investment.
As the Belt and Road Initiative reaches its 10th anniversary the international intermodal railway – the China-Laos Express connecting Chengdu, Chongqing and Vientiane, the capital of Laos – has gone into operation, greatly improving the flow of people and logistics between Mainland China and Association of Southeast Nations (ASEAN) members, and has also led more and more mainland companies to choose to expand their business to Southeast Asia.
Logistics was one of the hardest-hit industries during the COVID-19 pandemic, with the China Shanghai Containerized Freight Index increasing more than five-fold between June 2020 and January 2022 – then plunging back to its 2019 level by last month.
As the logistics world continues to adjust following a run of supply-chain disruptions during and following the COVID-19 pandemic, the annual Asian Logistics, Maritime and Aviation Conference (ALMAC) returns in a hybrid physical-online form, providing a platform where industry players can exchange views and get up to date on the latest trends.
Hong Kong’s hub and connector status – serving as a gateway between Mainland China and the rest of the world, and a pivot point for the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (GBA) and the new Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) – makes the city a natural focus point for the Belt and Road Initiative.
Concerns over environmental sustainability and health are driving more and more consumers to plant-based meat. The Asia-Pacific region accounts for 22% of plant-based meat sales by value and is expected to be the world’s largest market by 2025, according to a Kerry research report.
The COVID-19 pandemic has abruptly changed consumer habits across the globe, generating tremendous e-commerce opportunities. However, the ever-evolving pandemic situation has also caused significant disruption to supply chains. It is important that small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) understand how to manage these supply chain issues in order to ride the current trends.
Companies of all sizes can no longer ignore environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors in their businesses, but small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) often have difficulty assessing and reducing their carbon footprint. This is especially true for their supply chains and production processes.