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Vietnam Prepares for Belt and Road 

Many Vietnamese companies are upbeat over the country's prospects as part of the Belt and Road Initiative, despite concerns over territorial disputes with China.

Vietnam is considered a key part of the maritime component of China's ambitious Belt and Road Initiative. In particular, there has been a focus on Northern Vietnam's Haiphong Port, with plans to complete a major facilities upgrade by the end of 2017.

Overall, Haiphong is a key nexus along two of the proposed trade corridors. One is along a route connecting Nam Ninh, Lang Son, Hanoi and Haiphong, while the second connects Kunming, Lao Cai, Hanoi and Haiphong. These proposals would see Vietnam playing an enhanced role in transporting goods produced in the Chinese mainland, while opening the local consumer market to external suppliers. Improved links are also expected to help develop Vietnam's own industrial base.

 

According to a World Bank study published in April, Hong Kong ranks fourth in the world on a global ranking of material well-being. The study measures all expenditures in the economy that directly benefit individuals – rather than using GDP per capita. By this measure, the five economies with the highest individual consumption, per capita, are: Bermuda, the United States, the Cayman Islands, Hong Kong and Luxembourg.  

Letizia Garcia Casalino, Director, International Accounts, Hong Kong Sotheby’s International Realty, said Hong Kong is considered a prime destination for any professional, whether a CEO, young professional or entrepreneur. “The vibe that Hong Kong offers is unique, and people who want to move here usually know it,” said Ms Casalino, who is Italian. “Hong Kong opens a lot of doors, and that is also why it’s a favourite destination for a lot of people with different objectives.” 

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Letizia Garcia Casalino, Director, International Accounts, Hong Kong Sotheby’s International Realty, said Hong Kong is considered a prime destination for any professional, whether a CEO, young professional or entrepreneur. “The vibe that Hong Kong offers is unique, and people who want to move here usually know it,” said Ms Casalino, who is Italian. “Hong Kong opens a lot of doors, and that is also why it’s a favourite destination for a lot of people with different objectives.” 

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According to a World Bank study published in April, Hong Kong ranks fourth in the world on a global ranking of material well-being. The study measures all expenditures in the economy that directly benefit individuals – rather than using GDP per capita. By this measure, the five economies with the highest individual consumption, per capita, are: Bermuda, the United States, the Cayman Islands, Hong Kong and Luxembourg.  

Letizia Garcia Casalino, Director, International Accounts, Hong Kong Sotheby’s International Realty, said Hong Kong is considered a prime destination for any professional, whether a CEO, young professional or entrepreneur. “The vibe that Hong Kong offers is unique, and people who want to move here usually know it,” said Ms Casalino, who is Italian. “Hong Kong opens a lot of doors, and that is also why it’s a favourite destination for a lot of people with different objectives.” 

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Peter Levesque is Chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong (AmCham), and Chief Commercial Officer of Modern Terminals Ltd. He has more than 25 years of international transportation and logistics experience and has been working in the Asia-Pacific region since 1996. In Six Questions, Mr Levesque explains why the Chinese mainland remains a promising market for foreign companies.  

Why is it no longer business as usual in China?
After 30 years of remarkable growth, China’s economy is maturing. This is creating new business opportunities and markets for international corporations, but it’s also driving many international business leaders to re-calculate their long- and short-term China strategy. 

Business leaders are evaluating opportunities around China’s growing middle class, as well as its aging population. Executives are also keeping a close eye on market reform opportunities that may result from the testing being done inside Shanghai’s pilot Free Trade Zone. In such a rapidly changing environment, it is critical that businesses executives dealing in China be able to identify and exploit new opportunities early to ensure their future competitiveness and to drive profitable growth.       

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According to a World Bank study published in April, Hong Kong ranks fourth in the world on a global ranking of material well-being. The study measures all expenditures in the economy that directly benefit individuals – rather than using GDP per capita. By this measure, the five economies with the highest individual consumption, per capita, are: Bermuda, the United States, the Cayman Islands, Hong Kong and Luxembourg.  

Letizia Garcia Casalino, Director, International Accounts, Hong Kong Sotheby’s International Realty, said Hong Kong is considered a prime destination for any professional, whether a CEO, young professional or entrepreneur. “The vibe that Hong Kong offers is unique, and people who want to move here usually know it,” said Ms Casalino, who is Italian. “Hong Kong opens a lot of doors, and that is also why it’s a favourite destination for a lot of people with different objectives.” 

- See more at: http://www.hktdc.com/info/web/mi/article.htm?LANGUAGE=en&ARTICLE%5fID=1X09Y7ZG&DATASOURCE=hkti#sthash.CdAZMRjR.dpuf

According to a World Bank study published in April, Hong Kong ranks fourth in the world on a global ranking of material well-being. The study measures all expenditures in the economy that directly benefit individuals – rather than using GDP per capita. By this measure, the five economies with the highest individual consumption, per capita, are: Bermuda, the United States, the Cayman Islands, Hong Kong and Luxembourg.  

Letizia Garcia Casalino, Director, International Accounts, Hong Kong Sotheby’s International Realty, said Hong Kong is considered a prime destination for any professional, whether a CEO, young professional or entrepreneur. “The vibe that Hong Kong offers is unique, and people who want to move here usually know it,” said Ms Casalino, who is Italian. “Hong Kong opens a lot of doors, and that is also why it’s a favourite destination for a lot of people with different objectives.” 

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The insurance industry has undergone major changes in the past decade. But recent developments in Asia, including the growth of high-net-worth consumers, make the region a market with strong potential. Results in Hong Kong bear this out.

Profitable Year

Hong Kong's insurance sector last year grew 13.9 per cent, year-on-year, as companies sold or re-issued premiums valued at US$37.5 billion. Revenue from established policies contributed US$31.9 billion to insurance company coffers, a 15.2 per cent increase on 2012, according to provisional statistics released by the Office of the Commissioner of Insurance.

Life and annuity revenue increased 18.4 per cent, to US$22.2 billion, for non-linked business, and by 9.5 per cent, to US$7.03 billion, for linked business. Contributions of retirement scheme business grew by 2.1 per cent to US$2.19 billion.  

For the 155 insurers authorised in Hong Kong at the end of 2013, the news is generally good.

Strong sales in Hong Kong have contributed to a record quarter for the AIA Group Ltd, a Hong Kong-headquartered, pan-Asia insurance group. For the quarter ending 28 February, AIA recorded 22 per cent growth in the value of new business, which was a “very positive start to the year,” said Mark Tucker, AIA’s Group Chief Executive and President.

 

 
  Mark Tucker, Chief Executive and President of AIA Group Ltd, talks about why Hong Kong is the perfect base for his company
“Excellent growth” in Hong Kong was a highlight of the quarter, while the Chinese mainland was the group’s strongest performing business overall. - See more at: http://www.hktdc.com/info/web/mi/article.htm?LANGUAGE=en&ARTICLE%5fID=1X09XMRF&DATASOURCE=hkti#sthash.90OWPzzJ.dpuf

The insurance industry has undergone major changes in the past decade. But recent developments in Asia, including the growth of high-net-worth consumers, make the region a market with strong potential. Results in Hong Kong bear this out.

Profitable Year

Hong Kong's insurance sector last year grew 13.9 per cent, year-on-year, as companies sold or re-issued premiums valued at US$37.5 billion. Revenue from established policies contributed US$31.9 billion to insurance company coffers, a 15.2 per cent increase on 2012, according to provisional statistics released by the Office of the Commissioner of Insurance.

Life and annuity revenue increased 18.4 per cent, to US$22.2 billion, for non-linked business, and by 9.5 per cent, to US$7.03 billion, for linked business. Contributions of retirement scheme business grew by 2.1 per cent to US$2.19 billion.  

For the 155 insurers authorised in Hong Kong at the end of 2013, the news is generally good.

Strong sales in Hong Kong have contributed to a record quarter for the AIA Group Ltd, a Hong Kong-headquartered, pan-Asia insurance group. For the quarter ending 28 February, AIA recorded 22 per cent growth in the value of new business, which was a “very positive start to the year,” said Mark Tucker, AIA’s Group Chief Executive and President.

 

 
  Mark Tucker, Chief Executive and President of AIA Group Ltd, talks about why Hong Kong is the perfect base for his company
“Excellent growth” in Hong Kong was a highlight of the quarter, while the Chinese mainland was the group’s strongest performing business overall. - See more at: http://www.hktdc.com/info/web/mi/article.htm?LANGUAGE=en&ARTICLE%5fID=1X09XMRF&DATASOURCE=hkti#sthash.90OWPzzJ.dpuf

Seven months since the Central Government launched the China (Shanghai) Pilot Free-Trade Zone, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council earlier this month organised a business mission to the area.

Among the 20 some-members who took part in the mission was Christopher Hammerbeck, Executive Director of the British Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong. The longtime head of the local British chamber says the Shanghai pilot scheme offers significant opportunities for Hong Kong

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Hong Kong has one of the world’s most sophisticated and successful telecommunications and Information and Communications Technology (ICT) markets. Its mobile penetration rate of about 232 per cent, as reported by the Hong Kong Office of the Communications Authority, also makes the city among the most connected markets globally.  

As the industry is wholly privately owned, with no foreign-investment restrictions, all services are open for competition. The level playing field, coupled with the advanced technology and quality services of Hong Kong's telecommunications/ICT sector, is an attractive proposition for multinational companies. 

American telecom firms AT&T and Verizon are among the major players that have set up regional operations in the city, while leading Chinese ICT manufacturer Huawei took its first steps into the overseas markets via Hong Kong.

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The Gatwick service will supplement Cathay flights to Hong Kong from Heathrow and Manchester Cathay Pacific Gatwick - Hong Kong Service from September
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The seminar and reception will examine the prospects for business in Hong Kong Seminar - Current Business Climate in Hong Kong
7 Jan 2016 (Press Release)
This early evening seminar will consider the business outlook in Hong Kong, with particular reference to commercial relations with the Chinese mainland. The event is relevant to companies active in Hong Kong, and those considering entering the market.
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