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The China Opportunity

First Hawai‘i U.S.-Hong Kong Business Forum to be held.

April 29, 2010
Maui Weekly

On Friday, May 14, Asian and U.S. experts and delegates will gather in Honolulu for the first Hawai‘i U.S.-Hong Kong Business Forum. The theme is “The China Opportunity – Hong Kong: Asia’s World City That Makes It Happen.”

The forum will provide Hawai‘i’s businesses the latest market intelligence on business opportunities in Mainland China with Hong Kong as the launch pad for accelerating the process of entry and growth.

The Hong Kong Business Association of Hawai‘i (HKBAH) will partner with the Office of Economic Development of the City and County of Honolulu to make the event possible. HKBAH’s co-presenter is the National U.S. Hong Kong Business Association (NUSHKBA).

Overseas expert speakers include Donald Tong, JP Hong Kong commissioner for Economic and Trade Affairs, U.S.A.; Simon Galpin, director-general, Invest Hong Kong; and Louis Ho, regional director, Americas, Hong Kong Trade Development Council.

“Their knowledge and experience in executing policies that open doors to doing business in China make them highly credible and valuable as resources,” said Barinna Poon, president of the National U.S. Hong Kong Business Association.

U.S. and Hawai‘i business leaders who are successfully running businesses in China and Asia will share their experiences.

The sessions will cover a range of issues from the macro-economic environment and growth sectors in China to using the Hong Kong legal system to initiate and manage business transactions in China. Highlights of the forum include thematic workshops on the resources available to Hawai‘i businesses that will connect them with business partners and obtaining funding.

A session on the Hong Kong Food Expo as a way to get into the Asian food market will be a featured event.

Other overseas speakers for the forum are Daniel R. Fung, SBS SC QC JP Senior Counsel, Hong Kong Bar; Calvin Mak, founder and CEO, C.T.E.W. Group and Rhombus International Hotels Group; Simon Ka-wo Wong, JP Chairman, Kampery Group, Hong Kong SAR.

“Forum delegates will gain practical knowledge and make important connections with the speakers and with each other. This will enable them to have a strategy for their business that includes the China market. In these difficult times, it takes courage that comes from new knowledge and connections to take the leap,” said Poon.

Honolulu will also be the location of the 2011 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders Meeting.

The Hawai‘i US-Hong Kong Business Forum will be an event that can also present Hawai‘i as a place where business can be conducted and one can still experience the true meaning of aloha.

More information about registration and sessions is available at and by calling Poon at (808) 383-5008 or emailing her at

Founded in 1996, HKBAH is a nonprofit, politically neutral business organization. It is dedicated to promoting good relations between Hawai‘i and Hong Kong and engaging in worthy programs that support the community.

HKBAH is one of the founding members of The National U.S. Hong Kong Business Association (NUSHKBA), with over 2,600 individual members from 10 Hong Kong associations located in the States of California, Georgia, Hawai‘i, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas and Washington. It is also a founding member of the Federation of Hong Kong Business Associations Worldwide. The Federation is a network of 33 Hong Kong Business Associations in 24 countries and regions with over 11,000 members.




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