Date
20 November 2017
Exhibitors remain undeterred by the ongoing protests and have been actively taking part in Hong Kong trade shows here and abroad. Photo: TDC
Exhibitors remain undeterred by the ongoing protests and have been actively taking part in Hong Kong trade shows here and abroad. Photo: TDC

Little trade impact seen from protests

Foreign businessmen and exhibitors have not lost their confidence in Hong Kong after a month of pro-democracy protests, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported Wednesday.

Recent events in Hong Kong and an ongoing exhibit in Paris have exceeded expectations, the report said, citing Margaret Fong, chief executive of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council.

About 1,700 registered for the Paris event aimed at promoting Hong Kong as a bridgehead to China and the rest of Asia.

Although the protest movement might have squeezed retail sales, it has had no significant impact on Hong Kong’s foreign trade.

All 4,100 registered exhibitors for the recent electronic fair showed up despite the protests, Fong said. 

More than 2,500 are taking part in the ongoing lighting exhibition which opened on Monday.

The council has adopted measures to ease protest-related safety concerns and efforts to get transport companies to increase their frequencies have paid off, Fong said.

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