Hong Kong can be Angola’s gateway to business with mainland China

20 November 2012

Hong Kong’s Finance secretary has said that Angolan companies should consider the opportunities of using Hong Kong as a gateway for business with mainland China, according to the website of the Angolan consulate –general in Hong Kong.

John Tsang, who was speaking at a ceremony to commemorate Angola’s national day at the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), noted that trade between Hong Kong and Angola, in the first eight months of the year, rose by over 250 percent (257.2 percent) against the same period of 2011.

The Finance Secretary also said that Hong Kong’s imports from Angola, between January and August of this year, had risen by over 1,700 percent (1,768 percent).

The Angolan consul-general in Hong Kong, Cupertino Gourgel, speaking at the ceremony, called on businesspeople that wanted to invest in Angola not to miss out on the opportunities the country offers.

Cupertino Gourgel also noted that Angola’s consular office was set up in Hong Kong, which is home to some of the most important Chinese and Chinese-Angola companies operating in Angola, and the fact that Angola was China’s largest trading partner in Africa.

The consul-general also invited people to visit Angola and to see the country’s potential for themselves, as well as its culture and heritage. Gourgel also presented a book entitled “Angola,” which is the first of a series intended to promote every aspect of the country.

The Angolan Consulate-General in Macau also marked 37 years of Angolan independence with a ceremony at which consul-general Pedro Feijó Sobrinho noted Macau’s role as an economic platform in relations between China and the Portuguese-speaking countries.

Feijó also said that Barral said that the role of the Forum for Economic and Trade Cooperation between China and Portuguese-speaking Countries had had an important role in opening up business and supporting economic growth in Angola. (macauhub)