Carrie Lam tells Japanese business HK is Greater Bay connectorLocal | 9 Apr 2019 3:49 pm
Hong Kong is prepared to connect Japan with the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area because of close relations between Hong Kong and Japan, the Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, told business people in Tokyo today.
She was speaking at the Symposium on the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area in Tokyo.:
Japan is Hong Kong's fourth largest merchandise trading partner and Hong Kong is Japan's eighth largest. There are close to 1 400 Japanese companies in Hong Kong, she said.
In fact, this makes Japan No 1 in terms of the number of overseas companies, slightly above American companies in Hong Kong. And what is significant is that of these 1,400 Japanese companies, about 40 percent are using Hong Kong as their regional headquarters and regional offices, so they are rather sizeable companies.
"We have very strong people-to-people links between Japan and Hong Kong. There are over 450 flights every week between Hong Kong and Japan to 15 destinations in Japan. In terms of tourists last year, 2.2 million Hong Kong passenger trips came to Japan. That is a very strong indication of the close links and friendship between Hong Kong and Japan.''