The Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Geneva is the official representation of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) at the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the Trade Committee of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
It is in accordance with Article 151 of the Basic Law, a constitutional document of the HKSAR which enshrines the principle of “One Country, Two Systems”, that the HKSAR participates in these international organisations on its own, using the name “Hong Kong, China” (HKC).
As a small, open and externally-oriented economy, HKC attaches great importance to ensuring a transparent and predictable international trading environment. We joined the WTO in 1995 as a founding member, and remain fully committed to the rule-based multilateral trading system that the organisation embodies, and the progressive liberalisation of trade that it pursues.
HKC takes its rights and obligations in the WTO seriously. Through our active and constructive participation in the organisation, we strive to advance HKC’s commercial interests and the interests of the multilateral trading system. The Sixth WTO Ministerial Conference was hosted by HKC in 2005.
This website highlights some key areas of our work.