The Chile Hong Kong Chamber of Commerce is the newest international Chamber in Asia’s World City.
Photo: Mario Artaza (front; far right) hosting the launch event.
“Super” Mario Artaza, inaugural President, presided over the launch event of The Chile Hong Kong Chamber of Commerce. The diplomat turned banker (MD for Banco Security’s Hong Kong operations) has been a driving force in the establishment of the new Chamber. The broader Chilean business, Hong Kong business and Chilean and Hong Kong government all came out to affirm the growing business bonds between the Latin American nation and the SAR.
In addition to banking and financial services, Chilean interests include, of course, Chilean wine, fruit and seafood exports. In addition, prominent restaurant interiors architect, Chilean Hernan Zanghellini (of Zanghellini & Holt), was enthusiastically supportive, as was businessman Andrew Yuen Yiu Chuen (袁耀全) of On Kun Hong, (former HKGCC GenComm member and former Election Committee member).
Key note speaker was Charles Ng (吳國才), Associate Director-General of InvestHK, who spoke on Chilean-HK connections and the development of Hong Kong’s three major development centres – the ‘green’ Airport, the West Kowloon Cultural District and the new “Smart City” centre emerging in the old industrial area of East Kowloon.
The Chilean Consul General, José Miguel González Serrano, and ProChile representative, Cristián Prado, were also on hand to wish Hong Kong’s newest international Chamber the best of success in the future.
The following is cited from Mr Artaza’s speech at the event:
“It is naturally fitting for the only Latin American economy with a Free Trade Agreement in force with Hong Kong, having furthermore recently signed an Investment Agreement at the sidelines of the APEC Meetings in Lima, Peru, to have in place an active, forward looking Chamber of Commerce.
We have structured ourselves in a way whereupon diversity is key not only for the Chamber’s relevance, but also as a means to generate tangible outcomes which can be employed by Hong Kong as it pursues roles within the Belt and Road strategy, the internationalisation of the RMB and the implementation of measures geared to improve its trade, services and investment interaction with the mainland.
We recognize that Latin America has been identified by China’s business and government establishment as a geographic area where there are not only foods and commodities to be sourced, but for tourism, logistics, real estate, connectivity, educational services to flourish with players from this part of the world to become an important part of the equation. We are very encouraged by the response so far to the Chile Hong Kong Chamber of Commerce and will surely move forward with a sense of purpose as this is our home and as such, it needs from each and every one of us. Hong Kong is a city where entrepreneurship is fundamental. We just want to add value to this fact through our initiatives and insights.”
He has run The Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, founded The Lion Rock Institute and has over 25 years engagement in media, politics, policy and community engagement.