Following is the speech by the Postmaster General, Mr Luk Ping-chuen, at the Appointment Ceremony of Miss Kelly Chen as the Philatelic Ambassador of Hongkong Post for the year 2003/04 cum Souvenir Cover Issuing Ceremony today (March 27):
Kelly, distinguished guests and friends from the media,
Thank you for attending the Appointment Ceremony of Miss Kelly Chen as the Philatelic Ambassador of Hongkong Post for the year 2003/04 cum Souvenir Cover Issuing Ceremony.
Hongkong Post has committed itself to excelling through innovation. We, therefore, put in continuous efforts in exploring new stamp designs and printing technique to meet the high expectation of philatelists as well as attracting new blood into the philatelic world of Hong Kong stamps.
To make our mission come true, we believe that effective publicity is as important as experience sharing with overseas postal administrations and advice seeking from veteran philatelists.
It is thus our honour to have Miss Kelly Chen, a pleasant, enthusiastic and popular singer with healthy image as the Philatelic Ambassador of Hongkong Post for the year 2003/2004. To express our gratitude for her kind assistance, we have issued a special souvenir cover bearing Kelly's image. In the forthcoming year, Kelly will help us promote the message that stamp collection, among other hobbies, is an interesting and educational pastime.
The outstanding achievements of Kelly in her performance career are widely recognised by the public. Her keen and positive working attitude well matches the mission of Hongkong Post. Despite her busy commitment in the singing career, she spares much time on community services. Her enthusiasm and efforts is highly appreciated by the public as she has been selected as one of the awardees of the "Ten Outstanding Young Persons Selection" in 2002.
I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Kelly on her great success and express my heartfelt thanks for her kind assistance in promoting Hong Kong stamps to the public, especially teenagers. All my colleagues from the Stamps and Philately Division, the Stamp Exhibition Division and myself are looking forward to the cooperation with Kelly. For the coming "HONG KONG 2004 Stamp Expo", we have chosen "Tourism" as the theme. We hope that through this Expo and other related activities, we can foster the public's interest on philately, attract overseas travellers with our exquisitely designed stamps.
I wish the "HONG KONG 2004 Stamp Expo" turns to be a realisation of our dual purpose of having a world-class exhibition which shows the best of our stamps and tourist attractions to visitors all over the world.
End/Thursday, March 27, 2003