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Speech by Postmaster General at "Creative
Industries" Special Stamps Issuing Ceremony


    Following is a speech (translation) by the Postmaster General, Mr Allan Chiang, at "Creative Industries" Special Stamps Issuing Ceremony today (July 21):

Dr Ho, distinguished guests and friends from the media,

    Welcome to the "Creative Industries" Special Stamps Issuing Ceremony. We are honoured to have the Secretary for Home Affairs Dr Patrick Ho here to be our officiating guest who is very familiar with the sector, as the Home Affairs Bureau has all along been working hard to promote creative industries and nurture creative talents.

    Hong Kong is Asia's world city. From its humble beginning as a fishing village, Hong Kong now blossoms into a financial centre and a service hub. It is true that Hong Kong gets its blessings in many ways, but its success lies on the ability to seize every opportunity and reinvent itself in tune with the times. Today, as we advance into the 21st century, creative industries have become the new millennium's dynamic growth sector. I am sure that we are creative enough to give impetus to social and economic development and create more job opportunities for our people.

    The dynamic and progressive nature of creative industries echoes with our innovative spirit that helps transform Hongkong Post from a traditional postal service into a diversified business, providing up-to-date services like e-Cert, PayThruPost and logistics to the public.

    We keep on introducing innovative and creative stamp products for better appeal, ensuring that there are always surprises in store for philatelists. Take the "Alphabet Stamps" issued in January. The 26 letters are presented in a creative and novel manner like clothes peg for A, so on and so forth. With such unique and interesting stamps, one may unleash one's imagination for any personal messages pasted on envelopes for delivery. Also, the inventive "Children Stamps - Andersen's Fairy Tales" recently rolled out cannot be missed. It is a very new attempt that blends two different kinds of artistic formats together - a "crossover" of stamps and Western fairy tales, with every character and its setting illustrated by Chinese paper cutting. Equally fantastic is our "Creative Industries" special stamps issued today. The designer Mr Arde Lam has used inspiring graphics and bold abstracts to highlight the characteristics of each domain of creative industries, suggestive of the fusion of old and new as well as arts and technology best

embodied in creativity.

    Having served Hong Kong for more than 160 years, Hongkong Post became a trading fund department 10 years ago. In less than two weeks, we are going to celebrate our 10th anniversary. We are of the belief that, like the fledgling creative industries, our sustained growth that goes hand in hand with Hong Kong's economic development can only be secured through continual improvement and breaking new grounds.

    Thank you.

Ends/Thursday, July 21, 2005


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