Update from Hong Kong

We received the following letter from Kasper Ng, Deputy Director-General Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, London:

You might already have learned about the recent disruption to the services of the Hong Kong International Airport, and we are aware that many of our friends around the world are concerned about the situation in Hong Kong, wondering if we remain one of the safest place to visit. 

We would like to re-assure you that the government is taking actions to resolutely restore airport operation, and we together with the business sector as well as the community at large are providing necessary assistance to affected visitors. 

To ensure smooth operation of the airport, the Airport Authority Hong Kong has obtained an interim injunction to restrain persons from unlawfully and willfully obstructing or interfering with the proper use of the airport, whilst lawful demonstrations and protests might be staged in the area designated by the Authority.  We also understand that travel agents, hotels and business organisations are providing advice and making arrangements to minimise any possible disruptions to visitors.  For instance, the Federation of Hong Kong Hotel Owners is organising some of its members’ hotels to provide free rooms for a day or two to hotel guests who are stranded in city urban hotels due to flight cancellation. 

Hong Kong remains a welcoming city as we navigate through the challenging time and we all stand ready to welcome and assist our friends from all over the world to Hong Kong any time.   

To obtain further information about the latest situation in Hong Kong, you may also visit the following website - 
https://www.brandhk.gov.hk/html/en/WhatSOn/HKUpdate2019.html 

Your long-term friendship with Hong Kong is deeply appreciated and we look forward to your continued support to us.  You are welcome to contact us for further information and assistance. 

Best, 
Kasper

The Captain's Table

Captains tableTo further promote Hong Kong as an international maritime centre and startup hub, Invest Hong Kong are sponsoring a global startup competition, “The Captain’s Table”, launched by the Young Professionals in Shipping Network (YPSNHK). www.ypsnhk.com

YPSN is currently inviting applicants or startups to submit innovative ideas in five main areas: Platform and Software as a service, Deeptech, Fintech & Insuretech, Education and Environment and Sustainability. The entries will be shortlisted with the five best ideas being presented at a live final where they will compete to win a seat at The Captain’s Table. The live final will be held in Hong Kong at the Asia Society during Hong Kong Maritime Week on Tuesday 19 November 2019.

The purpose of this competition is to provide an alternative platform for young innovators to connect with the industry and showcase their ideas and, also a chance, for investors to discover the 'next big idea(s)'. Startups will have the chance to pitch their idea on an international stage, with direct access to investors, mentors, and industry leaders, as well as cash prizes of USD25,000. Entries close 31 July 2019.
APPLY NOW
http://www.ypsnhk.com/captain.html
www.linkedin.com/company/ypsn-hk-limited

We'd be grateful if you could disseminate this competition to your network especially those businesses / startups you know of involved in the five main areas. For further questions please contact Ms Tabitha Logan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Richard Chiu
Nordic Consultant
Invest Hong Kong
Tel: +47 909 81 404
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Website: http://www.investhk.gov.hk

Kinesisk nyttårsfeiring med ministerbesøk fra Hong Kong

God stemning på Hotel Bristol onsdag den 13.mars da vi feiret det kinesiske nyttåret med ministerbesøk fra Hong Kong.

Besøket av Hong Kong’s Secretary for Transport and Housing; Mr. Frank Chan kastet glans over årets markering av det kinesiske nyttåret, Grisens År her i Oslo.

Foran en forsamling på 120 gjester, deriblant en maritim delegasjon på 20 personer fra Hong Kong, holdt han en engasjert tale hvor han fremhevet fordelene ved å være etablert i Hong Kong og inviterte norske bedrifter til å utvide samarbeidet med Hong Kong, verdens 4 største skipsfartsnasjon.
Han fremholdt videre at han ville intensivere samarbeidet med Norge og norske bedrifter.
Sammen med sin delegasjon gjennomførte de møter med bl.a. Rederiforbundet, DNGL og med flere maritime bedrifter under besøket i Bergen, Norges maritime hovedstad.
Etter seminaret inviterte Hong Kongs myndigheter til en mottagelse for gjestene.

Last ned programmetpressemelding om besøket i Oslopressemelding om besøket i Bergen, Secretary Frank Chan's tale.

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Hong Kongs Regjering presenterer nytt næringslivsvennlig budsjett i usikre tider

The Financial Secretary, Mr Paul Chan, in his 2019-20 Budget on February 27 announced initiatives designed to support enterprises, safeguard jobs, stabilise the economy and strengthen livelihoods. He said the measures would relieve the people's burden and help counter the challenges facing Hong Kong's economy.

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