Thomas Wong of the CWCC CPA has recently joined the Chamber and the Entrepreneur and Small Business Committee (ESBC). In our ESBC meeting in May, he shared with us his experience in the past six years, in particular, his “Latin journey”.
Thomas’s original newsletter:
Greetings from the Latin Desk.
“The visit of President Santos of Colombiato China this week (May 17th2012) has put the relationship of China and Colombia under the spotlight. In the past years, the trade between China and Colombia has grown about 300%.China has become Colombia’s second trading partner in 2011.China needs natural resources and agricultural products that Colombia can supply while Colombia will certainly benefit of a higher investment fromChina in sectors like energy and infrastructure.
In the past three days, President Santos has met President Hu Jintao, Premier Wen Jiabao, Vice Premier Li Keqiang as well as other top officials to discuss about the potential areas of cooperation, including finance, tourism, agriculture and technology.
(For details regarding the visit of President Santos, please visit: http://www.cancilleria.gov.co/news/images/node/3118)
On the occasion of President Santos’s visit to China, I had the privilege of being invited by the Colombian Embassy in Beijing to join the China-Colombia business forum hosted by CCPIT (China Council for the Promotion of International Trade), where President Santos, his five ministers and ProExport Director have shared their ideas on enhancing trade and investment cooperation between the two countries.
This certainly is a milestone for CWCC and our Latin Desk to gain a better market recognition in Latin America, including Colombia. Yet I must attribute this honor to the support of many Latin friends over the past six years on my Latin journey –
Mrs. Olga Forero, who used to be the Consul General of Colombia in Hong Kong. She has not only assisted me in establishing the Latin Desk but also recommended me Ms. Maria Arango (Colombian) my very first Latin colleague of the Latin Desk. I also have to thank Mr. Mario Leal, former Consul General of Mexico in Hong Kong (currently in Chile as Ambassador of Mexico), a man of action with whom we both share many common traditional values. Special thanks to Mr. Luis Guahuna, my very good Latin friend, who not only has united the Latin community inHong Kongbut also referred the first Latin client to me.
Finally, my gratitude goes to Consul General of Colombia in Hong Kong, Mr. Jose Antonio Mutis. Without him, my trip to Beijing attending the Business Forum wouldn’t have been possible, and also not forgetting to mention the input from Ambassador Urrea, Minister Siegert of the Colombian Embassy and Mr. Alejandro Ossa of ProExport.” CWCC Offices: Hong Kong Shenzhen Shanghai Beijing Guangzhou Nanchang Macau Website: www.cwcccpa.com