After the successful organisation of Chinese New Year receptions in six cities in Central Europe from late January to mid-February, the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, Brussels (HKETO, Brussels) continued to promote Hong Kong by holding Chinese New Year events in another nine cities in Southern and Eastern Europe in March.
At the Chinese New Year receptions held in Nicosia of Cyprus on March 22, the Special Representative for Hong Kong Economic and Trade Affairs to the European Union, Ms Shirley Lam, told guests that Hong Kong continues to be an ideal gateway for foreign companies to tap the fast-growing Greater China market under the unique advantages of 'One Country, Two Systems';.
Ms Lam told guests that underpinning Hong Kong's long-term success are our fundamental strengths. These include the rule of law, free flow of capital and information, a business-friendly environment, a diverse and international talent pool, and a low and simple tax regime. Hong Kong has been named consistently the world's freest economy as well as the easiest place to do business.
'To fully capitalize on Hong Kong's unique advantages, the Chief Executive, Mrs Carrie Lam announced in her maiden Policy Address in last October a full range of pro-business and pro-innovative proposals to promote and facilitate Hong Kong to be an ideal place for companies to expand their business, and also a city more liveable and smarter for our citizens and visitors,'; Ms Lam said.
Ms Lam also outlined the active and important role played by Hong Kong in the Belt and Road Initiative and the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Bay Area Development. Ms Lam emphasised that Hong Kong would be the most trusted and resourceful partner for foreign companies to venture into the vast markets covered under the Belt and Road and the Bay Area, and to grasp the bountiful new opportunities brought by these new developments.
'A free trade agreement between Hong Kong and the ten economies of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) was signed in last November. The Hong Kong-ASEAN free trade agreement covers all aspects of trade and is complemented by an investment agreement signed at the same time. It will also be a conduit facilitating foreign business established in Hong Kong to penetrate into the vibrant Southeast Asian markets,'; Ms Lam added.
During her visit to Nicosia on March 21 and 22, apart from addressing at the Chinese New Year reception, Ms Lam also met with senior officials of the Cypriot Government. As invited by the Cypriot Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ms Lam also gave a presentation on Hong Kong's fundamental strengths and business opportunities to senior level representatives from government ministries, foreign diplomatic corps in Cyprus, business corporations and academics.
HKETO, Brussels hosted Chinese New Year events in a total of 15 European cities between January 30 and March 28 to promote Hong Kong. These 15 European cities are Dublin, Milan, The Hague, Paris, Brussels, Luxembourg City, Barcelona, Madrid, Lisbon, Bucharest, Thessaloniki, Nicosia, Palermo, Caltanissetta and Sofia. Business seminars were also held in some of the above cities to promote Hong Kong's business opportunities. A total of over 2 000 guests attended these events.
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After having celebrated the achievements Hong Kong has made on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in 2017, Hong Kong now ventures to a new stage to aspire even higher. Special Representative for Hong Kong Economic and Trade Affairs to the European Union, Ms Shirley Lam, outlined the latest development of Hong Kong at a series of Chinese New Year receptions hosted by the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, Brussels (HKETO, Brussels).
'The fundamentals of Hong Kong are strong. With our unique advantages under 'One Country, Two Systems';, including the rule of law, free flow of capital and information, a business-friendly environment, a diverse and international talent pool, and a low and simple tax regime, Hong Kong has been named consistently the world's freest economy as well as the easiest place to do business,'; Ms Lam said.
Ms Lam pointed out that 'One Country, Two Systems'; has continued to function well in Hong Kong. Rule of law and judicial independence has been the corner stone of the success of Hong Kong and it will continue to be the case.
'To fully capitalize on Hong Kong's unique advantages, our Chief Executive Mrs Carrie Lam announced in her maiden Policy Address in last October a full range of proposals to promote and facilitate Hong Kong to be an ideal place for companies to expand their business, and also a city more liveable and smarter for our citizens and visitors,'; Ms Lam said.
'Also, Hong Kong is committed to actively participating in the visionary Belt and Road Initiative, and will seize the opportunities arising from the Guangdong-Hong Kong- Macao Bay Area Development,'; Ms Lam added.
The latest Chinese New Year reception was held in Luxembourg on February 22. Addressing guests of honour including the Minister of Finance of Luxembourg, Mr Pierre Gramegna, as well as over 400 government officials and representatives of the financial, insurance and business sectors, Ms Lam said Hong Kong and Luxembourg enjoy close bilateral ties and share a lot of similarities. She encouraged Luxembourg companies to leverage on Hong Kong to embrace the new opportunities arising from the Belt and Road Initiative and the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Bay Area Development.
The Chinese New Year reception in Luxembourg City was one of the 15 Chinese New Year events HKETO, Brussels is hosting in major cities around Europe. Similar events have already been held in Dublin, Milan, The Hague, Paris and Brussels. In Brussels, the guest of honour included Mr Siegfried Bracke, the President of the Belgian Chamber of Representatives (i.e. the Lower House of the Belgian Federal Parliament). Other events will follow in Barcelona, Madrid, Lisbon, Thessaloniki, Nicosia, Palermo, Caltanissetta, Sofia and Bucharest.
HKETO, Brussels has taken this opportunity to showcase the cultural talents in Hong Kong by bringing three musical acts to some of the above Chinese New Year receptions. Pianist Constance Chow, Tenor Henry Ngan and Bass-Baritone Freddie Tong gave a splendid performance at the receptions in Dublin and Paris; Fiona Foo presented a sensational marimba performance at the reception in The Hague; and Artemisia presented a tailor-made Chinese music performance celebrating the diversity of the civilization along the Belt and Road countries at the reception in Brussels.
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