web analytics
August 31, 2014 / 5 Elul, 5774
At a Glance
News & Views
Sponsored Post
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat (L) visits the JewishPress.com booth at The Event. And the Winners of the JewishPress.com Raffle Are…

Congratulations to all the winners of the JewishPress.com raffle at The Event



Hong Kong Business Leaders Impressed with Israeli Innovation

Hong Kong delegation in Jerusalem on May 19, meeting with Israeli startup innovators.

Hong Kong delegation in Jerusalem on May 19, meeting with Israeli startup innovators.
Photo Credit: Inbal Rose

For a group of 34 Hong Kong businessmen, investors and entrepreneurs, a visit to Israel last week (May 18-22) proved to be an eye-opening experience. The group was on a mission led by Invest Hong Kong (InvestHK), a department of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government that seeks foreign direct investment and expansion in Hong Kong.

“In Hong Kong, many know Israel for its holy sites, and not always for its technology,” said Teresa Poon, manager of innovation and technology at InvestHK.

“The idea is to showcase Hong Kong to Israeli companies. Hong Kong is a launching pad for businesses and start-ups with its well-established financial system and close connections with Mainland China,” said Charles Ng, the Associate Director of Investment Promotion for InvestHK. “We’ll roll out the red carpet and welcome new investors.”

“Young Israelis are very passionate and we want our young generation in Hong Kong to learn from this passion.”

“It’s the first time that Invest Hong Kong has brought such a large business delegation to Israel,” added Simon Galpin, the Director-General of investment promotion at InvestHK in an interview with Tazpit News Agency.

“We have been gradually building up in Israel, and we believe that there is a lot more room for Israeli companies in Hong Kong, especially in high-tech and start-up. We are looking for collaborative opportunities as well,” Galpin stated.

“The Israeli tech companies are very impressive,” Poon told Tazpit. “We would love to have something like Teva in Hong Kong for example.” Israel is Hong Kong’s second largest trading partner in the Middle East and Hong Kong is Israel’s fifth largest trading partner in Asia.

Over 80 Israeli companies do business in Hong Kong including Nice Systems, Rad Vision, Orbotech, Zim Integrated Shipping, along with other telecom, finance, diamond, and cosmetic companies. Leading import items from Israel include diamonds, pearls, semi-precious stones, precious gems optical products and telecommunications equipment. Israeli companies also supply Hong Kong with a variety of semiconductors, electronic valves and tubes, parts and accessories for office machines and computers.

This was Poon’s second visit to Israel, following a visit with her church group last year. But for most of the members in the Hong Kong delegation, it was their first trip to the Jewish state.

Daniel Lee, a professor at the University of Hong Kong University and the head of the biotechnology department in Hong Kong Science Park was greatly impressed by his first trip to Israel including his visit to the Haifa Technion.

“The best hidden treasures are here,” Lee told Tazpit. “Israelis have amazing innovative minds. You have 12 Nobel laureates!”

“The mentality in Israel is different than in China – Israelis are more rebellious. There is creativity here. Another thing that stood out to me was the way Israelis cherish this small piece of land. They show great appreciation for it,” pointed out Lee.

About the Author: Anav Silverman is a regular contributor to Tazpit News Agency.


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

4 Responses to “Hong Kong Business Leaders Impressed with Israeli Innovation”

  1. Judith Dowla says:

    Hong Kong, as to be expected they would be impressed with Jewish investors and entrepreneurs. Just wait till they see the latest Cyber Technology. Talk about being impressed and wanting to implement it, just wait and see.

  2. Shi Yuehan says:

    Hong Kong and Israel…..a marriage made in heaven.

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Current Top Story
US Marines walk a city street in Fallujah, heavily damaged by the fighting. (2004)
Netanyahu Says Making Gaza ‘Israel’s Fallujah’ Was Too High a Price
Latest News Stories
US Marines walk a city street in Fallujah, heavily damaged by the fighting. (2004)

Israel is better off with a weak Hamas rather than a dead Hamas, for the time being, says Netanyahu.

Two mortars landed close to the Israel-Syrian border/cease-fire lines in the Eastern Golan Heights

Growing anti-Semitism is Israel;s fault according to a chaplain at Yale.

If Israel would just not exists, and if Jews would stop being Jewish, there would be no anti-Semitism in the world.

Jewish comedienne Joan Rivers .

Doctors are hopeful but worried. Her daughter Melissa is an “emotional wreck.”

We wish him a speedy recovery and a lifetime of laryngitis.

The FIlipino UN troops were successfully extracted by Irish UN troops from the Syrian rebel siege.

Joan Rivers, 81, is in an induced coma following throat surgery on Thursday. Rivers suffered a heart attack during surgery.

With new neighbors along our Syrian border, we thought we’d check out what they’re saying and what’s going on…

We wish a speedy recovery to Joan Rivers, the straight-shooting Jewish comedienne whose exact analysis of the war was, “Hamas started it.”

An IDF soldier who was critically injured last week by a rocket that hit Ashdod died from his wounds today. He is Israel’s 71st casualty in the war. Sergeant Natanel Maman, 21, from Gan Yavne, an Ordnance Corps soldier, was critically injured by a rocket that hit Ashdod last Friday. He was promoted posthumously from […]

More than 200,000 Muslims live in Michigan. Fifty of them showed up for a protest against ISIS.

Sofer, who may have died from dehydration after falling in a ravine while hiking, is being buried in Beit Shemesh.

The Boycott Israel movement, so far, is more bark than bite.

The bad news is that ISIS and Al Qaeda are on the Syrian Golan. The good news is that every terrorist in Syria is killing each other.

Netanyahu gets support from Congressmen on House Armed Services Committee

Some Chareidi entertainers thrilled the crowd on Jerusalem’s Ben Yehuda Street with some Jewish entertainment.    

More Articles from Anav Silverman, Tazpit News Agency
Engineering Corp soldier looking down a Palestinian-dug tunnel.

Hamas recently indicated to international press that it would continue building up its underground network while restocking arsenal, rockets and other weaponry

Shahar Shalev

“We are in vital need of men aged 18-60 who are willing to donate platelets.”

Israel continues to provide humanitarian assistance to Palestinians in the Gaza Strip no matter if Hamas is in a state of war or truce against the Jewish state.

A contingent of New York government officials and businessmen are spending three days in Israel on a unity visit this week.

The presence of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has begun to grow in the Gaza Strip, with both the PA and Israel convinced that followers of ISIS in Gaza have been responsible for some of the rocket attacks on Israel.

BGU Researchers Discover New Computerized Method to Profile Personalities of Political Leaders

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/hong-kong-business-leaders-impressed-with-israeli-innovation/2014/05/27/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: