Kim Christiane Larsen and the Hong Kong Forum

Kim introducing the Hong Kong Forum

Dates of the Hong Kong Forum this year: 29th and 30th November 2011

Kim Larsen was particularly happy to have the opportunity to introduce the Forum to us in the ESBC meeting on August 23 because she has been closely connected with the Hong Kong Forum since she was a teenager.

Kim’s father, Bjorn Larsen, who was the Chairman of the Denmark-Hong Kong Trade Association and Vice-Chairman of the Federation Hong Kong Associations from across Europehad helped promote the Hong Kong Forum since the early days (the inaugural Forum was held in 1999 and was then officially established as an annual event in 2000).

The Hong Kong Forum is now in its 12th year. It is a flagship event of the Federation of Hong Kong Business Associations Worldwide. It is branded as a unique gathering of like-minded businesses across the world.

 Background About The Federation of Hong Kong Business Associations Worldwide

The Federation is a unique network of 33 Hong Kong Business Associations in 24 countries with over 11,000 individual associates.

These Hong Kong Business Associations were started by overseas traders, buyers and professionals, who have strong business links toHong Kongin their respective countries, for the purpose of networking and exchanging of business information and ideas. Each of these Associations has their own individual members who are top business people and SMEs in their home country. They areHong Kong’s closest allies and partners in the world market.

(The Hong Kong Canada Business Association established in 1984, is  one of the largest bilateral trade associations in Canada with over 1,300 members in eight major cities in Canada (Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Atlantic). HKCBA also has representatives in Hong Kong, Regina, Saskatchewan and London, Ontario.)

With the help of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), these Associations formed the Federation of Hong Kong Business Association Worldwide in November 2000. The Federation aims to achieve synergy among the global network of Hong Kong Business Associations. It provides an effective base for member associations to network and exchange information, thereby, generating business opportunities.

The Federation is a non-profit-making organisation limited by guarantee.

Background to the Hong Kong Forum (First Forum in 1999):

 In October, 1999 TDC convened a forum in Hong Kong for the heads of seven associations from the Pacific Rim. Participants said the meeting promoted a cross-fertilisation of ideas, a sense of mission and a feeling of solidarity among members of Hong Kong’s extended family. They recommended building on this momentum by making the forum an annual event and expanding it to include representatives of all Hong Kongassociations. The meeting also proposed establishing a global federation of Hong Kongassociations, for example so that members could participate in events organised by other associations in the global network and exchange ideas via a federation website. In 2000, the Hong Kong Forum was formally established as an annual event.

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