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Hong Kong's trade with New York and US continues to grow in 2012 (with photo)

     Hong Kong's strategic position as a premier gateway to Mainland China for overseas companies, as well as a conduit for Mainland companies to go global in reaching other markets, including the US were highlighted by Hong Kong Commissioner for Economic and Trade Affairs, USA, Mr Donald Tong, at a spring reception organised by the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, New York (HKETONY) on February 12 (New York time).

     Addressing more than 400 guests from the business, banking and government sectors in the New York tri-state area (New York, New Jersey and Connecticut), Mr Tong, citing the latest trade figures, pointed out that US goods exports to Hong Kong had been growing in the past years. "Despite the sluggish economy, the US goods exports to Hong Kong amounted to US$37.5 billion in 2012, up 3% from 2011, making our city your tenth largest export destination," he said.

     Also speaking at the reception, Director of Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, New York, Miss Anita Chan, noted the growing trade ties between Hong Kong and New York.  

     "The New York State's exports to Hong Kong grew by a stellar 10% last year, making Hong Kong the second largest export destination of New York State just after Canada, and its top export destination in Asia," said Miss Chan.

     Looking ahead, she said the HKETONY will be celebrating its 30th anniversary with a series of special events in 2013.

     Set up in 1983, the HKETONY aims to foster Hong Kong's economy, business and cultural ties with the East Coast states of the US. Miss Chan introduced to the audience a new publicity logo for the 30th anniversary featuring HKETONY's role as a bridge between Hong Kong and the US.

Ends/Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Issued at HKT 11:08


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