Hong Kong Trade Development Council
|Headquarters||38/F, Office Tower, Convention Plaza, 1 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong|
|Agency executives||Jack So, Chairman
Fred Lam, Executive Director
The Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC; Chinese: 香港貿易發展局) is a statutory body established in 1966 as the international marketing arm for Hong Kong-based manufacturers, traders and service providers. The organisation has more than 40 offices around the world, including 11 on the Chinese mainland. The HKTDC promotes Hong Kong as a platform for doing business with China and Asia, with opportunities in Hong Kong and on the mainland, while providing information via trade publications, research reports and online.
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The HKTDC is governed by a 19-member Council of Hong Kong business leaders and senior government officials. It plans and supervises the organisation's global operations, services and promotional activities. The Council also oversees the operation of the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Jack So is the eighth HKTDC Chairman since the Council's establishment. He was appointed by the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region on 1 October 2007. The Executive Director of the HKTDC, Fred Lam, is responsible to the Council for the HKTDC's worldwide operations.
The HKTDC also organises more than 30 fairs each year. Ten of these fairs are the biggest of their kind in Asia, while three are the world's largest, namely, the HKTDC Hong Kong Gifts & Premium Fair, the HKTDC Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair and the HKTDC Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Autumn Edition).
The HKTDC is the publisher of 15 industry trade magazines with a worldwide circulation of more than two million copies a year. The HKTDC also produces a range of research reports each year, providing analysis of Hong Kong, the Chinese mainland and international markets.
The HKTDC serves in six bilateral committees. These business forums help promote economic ties between Hong Kong and the European Union, France, Japan, Korea, the United Kingdom and the United States. Ad-hoc meetings are also organised annually with various Chinese mainland provinces and municipalities and Taiwan.
HKTDC is headquartered in Hong Kong. As of 2012, it has around 40 offices which span 6 continents. In addition to its headquarters its operations comprise eleven offices across mainland China as well locations throughout the Asia Pacific, including Taipei, India, Japan and Australia.
Beyond Asia, offices include: North American locations such as New York and Toronto, plus Latin America, eleven European cities, and premises in the South Africa and the Middle East.
The offices have various functions. They act as "a window from HK to the outside world", as two-way links between the relevant country or region, shelter for HK residents in that region, and liaison between the SAR Government and governments of the relevant country. Their work has had significant effect in enhancing the international profile of HK.
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- Kwai Wing LUK (2011). International Trade Finance—A Practical Guide (Second Edition). City University of HK Press. pp. 151–3. ISBN 978-962-937-185-2.
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