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Dear Friends,

It has been a very busy year once again in terms of events and networking. We have organized various interesting happenings from Chinese New Year event celebrating the Year of the Monkey to very practical issues on doing business in Hong Kong.
We cooperated also this year in an export initiative - this time in food & beverage project with the Food from Finland/Finpro. More on this project in the next Newsletter.

The Finland-Hong Kong Trade Association continues to operate as a network to Hong Kong and Southern China business. We implemed this in close cooperation with the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) and the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in London. The trade association is also a member of the Federation of Hong Kong Business Associations Worldwide. 

Please follow our web site to find fresh information about the events and other matters related to Hong Kong. New members with their new ideas are always welcome!
Upcoming events

16.-17.1.2017 The Asian Financial Forum (AFF) brings together some of the most influential members of the global financial and business community to discuss developments and trends in the dynamic markets of Asia. In 2016, over 90 internationally respected leaders in government, financial and business sectors gathered for ground breaking discussions about opportunities and challenges facing Asia. The ninth AFF attracted more than 2,800 participants from 38 countries and regions, about 85% of them were CEOs and senior decision makers.

During the AFF Deal Flow Matchmaking Session, one-on-one meetings were arranged between sources of funds and sources of deals. Over the years, 3,200+ meetings were arranged for more than 1,400 companies involving investment project owners, private equity firms, investors, high net-worth individuals and senior professionals from intermediaries and professional services providers. 
17.1.2017 Chinese New Year Reception -
The Year of the Rooster

The event is organized in cooperation with Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, London, and Hong Kong Trade Development Council.
Keynote speaker of the event is Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, Mr Gregory So.
Opportunities for Finnish food and beverage business in Hong Kong

With a wealthy population of 7 million and a GDP of USD 235 billion, Hong Kong is a large, high-value and expanding market for Finnish pure high-end food and beverage products. Hong Kong’s very limited natural resources ensure very high reliance on imports (95%), with most food and raw materials coming mainly from China, Thailand, the US, Japan and Australia. Why not from Finland? “Building trust and confidence in the food system”, one of Finnish food industries’ strengths, was the leading theme at Hong Kong Food Industry Forum last year.

Finnish alcoholic beverage companies already participated the Hong Kong Vinexpo in June coordinated by Food from Finland and Finland-Hong Kong Trade Association’s Johanna Heikkinen. Especially Hong Kong’s wine imports has grown extensively by 24,2 % in the first seven months of this year. China mainlanders’ wine imports from Hong Kong jumped 50.5 % during the same period. Another very promising sector is the HoReCa industry. Hong Kong has thousands of restaurants and in 2015 53 million tourists in addition to very food oriented Hong Kong inhabitants.
Food from Finland welcomes the Finland Hong Kong Association’s members to join at the official Nordic-pavilion together with Sweden and Denmark at HOFEX fair 8.-11.5.2017 at Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.
HOFEX2017 – the food and hospitality tradeshow is providing a platform for 2,400 international exhibitors to connect with 40,000 regional buyers. HOFEX 2017 continues to blend the best of Food and Beverages, Equipment, Supplies, Services and Hospitality Technologies.

Hong Kong is a well-established trade port, and this is your opportunity to target the significant Hong Kong Tourism industry. Hong Kong is very much an English speaking city, and is also the gateway into trade with China. Exhibiting allows you to meet with potential buyers, build trade relationships and gain market feedback for your products.
As a food import dependent market, significant trade opportunities exist for: Seafood, Edible Oils, Meat, Healthy and functional snacks, Dairy, Wine, Fresh Fruit and Vegetable, Healthy beverages.

Food from Finland has booked together with Sweden and Denmark 240m2, and this space will be split equally between Finland, Sweden and Denmark. Each country will still have their own identity; however, we will promote the pavilion as the Nordic Pavilion.
Ask more information and book your place Nordic –pavilion by Friday 21st of December! First place reservations are already made, so the rest are shared in order of registration and Food from Finland’s program member companies are on priority. More information:
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Finland-Hong Kong Trade Association
c/o Finland Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 1000, 00101 Helsinki, Finland
Tel. +358 9 4242 6228 E.

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