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Canadian Clean Technologies Mission to Hong Kong & Shenzhen

June 5 - 6, 2017

Request for Expressions of Interest

Global Affairs Canada through the Consulate General of Canada in Hong Kong and Macao, the Consulate General of Canada in Guangzhou and the National Research Council of Canada’s Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP), in partnership with Natural Resources Canada’s Innovation and Energy Technology Sector (IETS) group, are pleased to receive your “Expression of Interest” to participate in the upcoming Canadian Clean Technologies Mission to Hong Kong & Shenzhen, which will take place from June 5 - 6, 2017 in Hong Kong SAR and Shenzhen, China.

Objective

Working with our local partner, the Hong Kong Productivity Council, this mission will focus on building relationships, increasing Canadian companies’ knowledge and understanding of the opportunities in the Hong Kong and Shenzhen markets, and placing Canadian companies in a better position to propose new technologies to HK-based factory owners in the Pearl River Delta. It will help to raise Canada’s profile as a source for innovative technologies and an important player in clean technologies globally.

Who can apply?

A Canadian entity engaged in clean technologies. Applicants will be selected based on their technology’s potential and right fit for this specific mission, which will focus on technologies related to energy efficiency and reduction for industrial application and VOC reduction.

Why clean technologies in Hong Kong?

The following provides market highlights in support of the initiative to build Canadian partnerships in Hong Kong:

  1. To help mitigate the negative effects of Climate Change, the Hong Kong SAR Government has committed to an aggressive carbon emission reduction target of 50 percent to 60 percent by 2020. In the past decade, the Government has been pressing ahead with a number of initiatives, including: the launch of the Energy Saving Plan for Hong Kong’s Built Environment 2015-2015 and the Climate Action Plan 2013+.  
  2. The Cleaner Production Partnership Program (CPPP) was first launched in 2003 for 5 years by the HK Environmental Protection Department in collaboration with the Economic and Information Commission of Guangdong to encourage and facilitate Hong Kong-owned factories in Guangdong and Hong Kong to adopt cleaner production technologies and practices, thereby contributing to improving the environment. In the light of the environmental benefits brought by the program, the EPD has extended the CPPP until 31 March 2020 with a funding of HK$150 million (C$26 million). HKPC continues to be the implementation agent for the CPPP and acts as the Secretariat for operation of the program. In the new phase of CPPP, greater focus will be placed on encouraging the use of VOC and nitrogen oxides (NOx) reduction technologies/processes in order to reduce local air pollution. 
  3. For this specific mission, the local partner is the Hong Kong Productivity Council (HKPC), which is a multi-disciplinary organization established in 1967 to help Hong Kong businesses through the introduction of more efficient and modernized business practices and technologies. HKPC and its subsidiaries provide a diverse range of consultancy and technological development services in manufacturing, IT, clean technology and management systems. HKPC provides services to more than 3,000 companies from different industrial and commercial sectors. They also operate three wholly-owned subsidiaries in Dongguan and Shenzhen to serve Hong Kong-owned manufacturers in the Pearl River Delta leveraging the CPPP.
  4. Natural Resources Canada signed a MOU with HKPC in 2016 to promote energy efficiency and reduction of industrial greenhouse gases (GHG) and other emissions and to advance collaboration to introduce more Canadian energy efficient technologies to the Hong Kong-owned factories based in South China. 
  5. Hong Kong and Canada’s long standing and strong bilateral relationship. There are ~300,000 Canadians, as well as nearly 175,000 alumni of Canadian institutions and 1,200 Canadian registered as Chartered Professional Accountants in Hong Kong. These communities help to foster commercial ties between the two jurisdictions; they also help to create opportunities for Canadian SMEs in Hong Kong.
  6. Hong Kong is a launching pad for the Asian market and a gateway to China. Building a China strategy that includes Hong Kong is strategic, cost effective, and allows a company to “de-risk”. Hong Kong has deep pools of capital which are moving away from the saturated real estate market and honing in on the technology sector.
  7. Hong Kong is an oasis of familiarity in Asia for Canadians with a transparent and strong rule of law, an English speaking and highly educated and skilled business community, world class infrastructure and logistics industry, free port, and low corporate tax rate.
  8. Hong Kong is home to two large technology parks: Cyberport and Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks (HKSTP). These tech hubs offer venture services to a growing community of young entrepreneurs and tech companies from Biotech to digital media, with strengths in Cleantech, IoT, Smart City, Robotics and FinTech.

Itinerary and Timing

A customised program will be developed for delegates, and the itinerary will be finalized based on the specific technologies of the delegation. The program will include the following main activities:

  1. Market briefing session by webinar, on May 25th, 2017.
  2. Participation in a Canadian Capabilities Seminar, networking luncheon, personalized one-on-one business meetings, on June 5th, 2017.
  3. Participation in a high profile networking reception with key industry players, institutions, investors, and potential local partners, on June 5th, 2017.
  4. Participation in a networking luncheon and site visits in Shenzhen, on June 6th, 2017.

How to Apply

Please complete the attached application form and submit by email to your completed application form to our Trade Commissioners in Hong Kong: Fatima Lai (Fatima.lai@international.gc.ca) and Cynthia Carlone (Cynthia.carlone@international.gc.ca) no later than 23:59 EST on April 21st, 2017.

Please note that incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

Financial Support for Travel to the Mission

Once a confirmation of participation is received, shortlisted participants can apply for financial support to join the delegation through the Going Global Innovation (GGI) program. Please mention “Canadian Clean Technologies Mission to Hong Kong and Shenzhen” in your application form.

GGI may be able to provide funding support toward travel costs related to the mission such as airfare, local transportation, accommodation, meals and incidentals and conference registration fees.

For more information on the Canadian Clean Technologies Mission to Hong Kong and Shenzhen, please contact:

 

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