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Hong Kong has a large international community and professional networking is ever present, therefore expats generally find it easy to integrate professionally. There are numerous groups, clubs, associations and other professional networks. Typically, you will have to sign up to become a member of such a network and pay an annual membership fee. In return, you will get access to networking events, publications, online resources and consultation services. Detailed information on how to become a member, various types of membership and the respective fees can be found on the website of a particular network.
Often the first contact point for expat businessmen and businesswomen is their country’s Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong. Most large countries have their Chamber of Commerce representation in Hong Kong and these run membership clubs. The membership clubs are primarily directed at expats from the respective country who are doing business in Hong Kong and business professionals from Hong Kong who wish to do business in that particular country. They offer support to businesses and organise regular networking events. See for example:
For other Chambers of Commerce in Hong Kong, click here.
In addition to that, there are many other Hong Kong-based networks that offer networking opportunities for English-speaking expats. Examples include:
For other useful resources see:
Finally, do not forget about online networking sites for professionals. These networks enable both businesses and individuals to create an online profile and join groups of interest. They can be useful for self-promotion, recruitment and making new contacts in your field. The most popular networking site for professionals in Hong Kong is LinkedIn.
For other expat groups in Hong Kong, see Expat Groups in Hong Kong.
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