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FS starts visit to US (with photos)

     The Financial Secretary, Mr John C Tsang, today (October 6, Eastern Standard Time) started his visit to the United States ahead of the Annual Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank Group in Washington, DC, which he will attend as a member of the Chinese delegation on October 10.

     On his first stop in New York, Mr Tsang began by meeting with the President of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Mr William Dudley. Mr Tsang and Mr Dudley updated each other on the latest economic performance of two places.

     This was followed by a meeting with the United Nations' Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change, Mr Michael Bloomberg, who is also the former Mayor of New York City. Mr Tsang and Mr Bloomberg discussed the increasing demand for high quality financial information in China, which will create abundant business opportunities.

     Mr Tsang's next stop was the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), where he met with the Chief Executive Officer of the NYSE, Mr Thomas Farley. Mr Farley briefed Mr Tsang on the latest development of the NYSE. They also talked about Shanghai-Hong Kong Connect.

     He then paid a courtesy call on the Chinese Consul General to New York, Mr Sun Guoxiang.

     In the evening, Mr Tsang officiated at the Hong Kong Film Festival at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, which is featuring an eight-film retrospective on director and actor Stephen Chow. The event is co-presented by the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in New York.

     Mr Tsang's three-city visit to New York, Boston and Washington is intended to maintain close ties with the business sector and US officials as well as to forge stronger trade ties between Hong Kong and the United States. He will also update US officials and the business community on the latest situation in Hong Kong and promote the many unique advantages Hong Kong offers to entrepreneurs.

Ends/Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Issued at HKT 10:54


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