The Chinese General Chamber of Commerce, Hong Kong (CGCC) co-organized a Forum and luncheon with the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Singapore (HKETO Singapore) in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam on 16 August 2016. Over 300 participants, including CGCC committee members, together with government officials and business leaders from ASEAN, Mainland and Hong Kong attended the Forum. The Hong Kong Vietnam Chamber of Commerce, Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Hong Kong Trade Development Council, and the Hong Kong Business Association Vietnam were the supporting organizations.
Mrs. Lam shared with the audience the competitiveness and enduring strengths of Hong Kong. Upon the conclusion of the ASEAN-Hong Kong Free Trade Agreement (FTA) which was under negotiation, Hong Kong would enhance its “super-connector” role between the Mainland of China and the ASEAN economic communities. The FTA would strengthen the economic and trade ties between Hong Kong and ASEAN Member States including Vietnam by facilitating the flow of goods, services and investments. Freer trade and broader liberalization would also generate more business opportunities, and stimulate further economic integration and growth in the region.
Dr. Choi pointed out in his welcome speech that Vietnam has long been an important trade and investment partner for Hong Kong. As the East Asian economics were entering a new stage of regional cooperation and integration, he believed that there was a great deal of potential for Hong Kong and Vietnam to work closer together to make strategic, contributions in regional collaboration. Hong Kong was an ideal place to provide infrastructure financing as well as professional services for Vietnam and other ASEAN markets. On the other hand, the unique cutting edge of Vietnam’s low cost labour and investment incentives could further attract foreign investments across a wide range of sectors. Both Hong Kong and Vietnam could act as a bridging platform and facilitator for companies in seeking prospective investments and grasping potential opportunities in the region.
Mrs. Carrie Lam specially visited Sunwah's Vietnam headquarters during the Forum.