Malta-Hong Kong trade potential
By David Lindsay
Speaking to The Malta Financial and Business Times during a whistle
stop visit to Malta last week, Hong Kong Trade Development Council Regional
Director for Western Europe Raymond Yip was adamant that trade between
Malta and Hong Kong holds great potential for growth and that further
synergies can be developed between the two islands.
Although bilateral trade between the trading hubs two hubs stood at
close to USD100 million last year a mere fraction compared with
Hong Kongs total global trade of around USD400 billion
this trade increased by some 30 per cent last year.
Mr Yip explains, "We want to do more business with Malta. To this
end I think that the business communities in Hong Kong and Malta should
work together more to further explore this potential by taking advantage
of the benefits offered by the two trading hubs."
The real estate mantra of location, location, location aptly applies
to both, with Malta serving as an entry point to the European and North
African markets and with Hong Kong being a stepping stone to the mammoth
Chinese and Asian economies.
"In this respect we are not leaving any stones unturned,"
Mr Yip comments. "I think that with Malta joining the EU next year,
we are viewing Malta as another entry point, or stepping stone, into
the EU markets.
"However, Malta is also very close to North Africa and the Maltese
language is very similar to Arabic. Libya is a good case in point and
now that UN sanctions are being lifted, we see a large scope for activity.
"We know that Malta is the gateway to that part of the world and,
like Hong Kong, Malta is an integrator and facilitator of international
trade. So its up to us to explore synergies between these two
hubs and taking full advantage of them."
A full interview will appear in this months edition of the Economic
Update, released with The Malta Financial and