Marketing Sales and Brand Manager Opportunity Available

Exciting opportunity for niche market publication looking for a marketing sales and brand manager with relevant
newspaper/magazine adverting and subscription business development experience; directly reporting to the business development director.

Daily duties will include:

*Create opportunities for advertisers to purchase marketing, PR, and communications space by telephone and face to face
*Create opportunities for executives, organizations, and associations to purchase annual subscriptions by telephone
and face to face
*Drive content, event, and sponsorship creation through marketing opportunities
*Respond to leads generated by marketing activity in a timely manner and convert these prospects into sales
*Maintain and develop strong relationships with customers through regular client contact
*Gather customer feedback
*Efficient and timely administration

To be considered for this role you will require the following skills and experience:

*Fluent in English, Cantonese written and oral. Mandarin a strong asset.
*Previous advertising sales experience within a media company
*A successful track record in sales
*Excellent negotiation skills
*Professional demeanour and first class communication skills

Remuneration – $17,000 – $25,000 + Regular Commissions

To apply please contact:

Harbour Times
tel. (852) 2153 8428 – direct
fax. (852) 2153 1088
llt@harbourtimes
www.harbourtimes.com

Canada Passes U.S. in Bloomberg Ease of Business Ranking

Canada, struggling to emerge from a two-year slump brought on by weak exports, has swept past the U.S., Germany and Japan in a Bloomberg ranking of the best countries for doing business.

Canada rose four places to reach second place, behind only Hong Kong, which led for a third straight year. The U.S. fell one spot to third place in the index that’s based on six criteria, followed by Singapore and Australia.

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World Wheat Production Outlook Raised by IGC on Canada and China

World wheat production will rise 7.9 percent this season, more than expected a month ago on bigger crops in Canada, China and Australia, the International Grains Council said.

Farmers across the world will reap 707 million metric tons of wheat in 2013-14 from 655.2 million tons last season, the London-based IGC said in an e-mailed report today, lifting its outlook by 8.6 million tons from November.

Wheat futures in Chicago, the global benchmark, fell 22 percent last year, the most since 2008, on an outlook for bigger crops in Russia and the European Union following dry conditions in 2012.

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Chinese New Years 2014 Celebrations

From London to Dubai, the world is poised to throw the second big new year party of the year, with the Chinese lunar festival set to kick off this week.

Festivities are being planned the world over to help ring in the lunar new year, celebrated not only by the Chinese but also by Korean, Japanese and Vietnamese cultures.

And while no doubt the revelry is to help Asians fete their biggest holiday of the calendar year, it’s also worth noting that some of the biggest parties planned outside China are within cities that are actively wooing Chinese business and visitors an affluent and mobile market.

In 2012, Chinese travellers spent $102 billion overseas, making them the world’s biggest spenders ahead of Germans and US tourists.
Last year, it’s estimated that around 97 million Chinese tourists visited foreign destinations.

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BMO Financial Group to Acquire F&C Asset Management plc

TORONTO and LONDON, January 28, 2014 – Bank of Montreal (TSX: BMO; NYSE: BMO) and F&C Asset Management plc (LSE: FCAM) today announced that an agreement has been reached on the terms of a recommended cash acquisition by which the entire issued and to be issued ordinary share capital of F&C will be acquired by BMO Global Asset Management (Europe) Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bank of Montreal.

Under the terms of the acquisition, F&C shareholders will be entitled to receive 120 pence in cash for each F&C share held. This represents a premium of approximately 28% to the closing price of F&C shares as at January 24, 2014 and values the issued share capital of F&C at approximately £708 million (C$1.3 billion). The acquisition is intended to be implemented by way of a court-approved arrangement and formal documentation will be sent to F&C shareholders within 28 days of this announcement. F&C shareholders will be entitled to receive a normal course dividend of 2 pence per share for the financial year ended December 31, 2013. On January 28, 2014 the board of directors of F&C resolved to pay the dividend on the earlier of May 20, 2014 or the date when the cash consideration is paid to F&C shareholders on F&C’s register of members at the close of business on April 4, 2014.

To see the full press release please follow the link:  Press Release – FC Acquisition – FINAL

Event Recap: CanCham Hosts Canadian Deputy Minister in the Midst of the AFF

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong proudly hosted Mr. Simon Kennedy, Canada’s Deputy Minister of International Trade for a presentation on Tuesday, January 14, 2014. He highlighted Canada’s new Global Markets Action Plan and its relevance for Hong Kong and Asia, and underscored Canada’s ongoing interest in expanding trade and investment ties with Hong Kong and Mainland China.

Elaborating on initiatives targeted toward deepening Canada’s relationship with the Asia-Pacific region, the Deputy Minister made reference to Canada’s ongoing Free Trade Agreement negotiations with S Korea, Japan, India, and Thailand, as well as Canada’s participation within the Transpacific Partnership. With Canadian merchandise exports surpassing CAD$3.5 billion to Hong Kong in 2012, and up by 92% in the first ten months of 2013 making Hong Kong Canada’s 6th largest export market globally, Hong Kong is an important market for Canadian exporters.  In this regard, Canada is proactively deepening trade and cultural exchanges with Hong Kong, including with the recently implemented Avoidance of Double Taxation Agreement (2013).  Canada has plans to open several new trade offices in Mainland China in the coming year which will further support Canadian firms in the Greater China region.

Following his presentation, the floor was opened up to the audience for a session moderated by Mr. Andrew Work of The Harbour Times.  Discussions covered a variety of topics including including how best to measure results of trade agreements and encourage their use by Canadian business; the role of reciprocity in Canada’s investment relationships; the impact of the Canada-EU CETA; and pipeline development in Canada. The Canadian Chamber of Commerce is proud to have provided members with the forum to voice questions to Mr. Kennedy and to have the great pleasure of hosting such a dynamic individual.