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SCED begins visit to Russia (with photo)

     The Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, Mr Gregory So, started the first day of his visit programme in Moscow, Russia, today (March 16, Moscow time) to promote Hong Kong's business opportunities and strengthen bilateral trade relations.

     Speaking at a roundtable seminar on intellectual property (IP) trading organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), Mr So said, "With our sound financial and legal systems, low-tax regime and world-class service industries, Hong Kong is well poised to embrace the immense business opportunities brought about by IP.

     "Over the years, we have accumulated much experience in cross-border IP transactions, and have become a regional marketplace and service centre for activities ranging from copyright trading, licensing and franchising to design services and technology transfer," he said, adding that the Government is committed to developing Hong Kong as a premier IP trading hub.

     In the evening, Mr So will attend a Chinese New Year reception in Moscow jointly hosted by the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in London and the HKTDC, at which he will share with the audience what Hong Kong has to offer for Russian businesses and visitors.

     Mr So will continue his visit tomorrow (March 17), meeting senior officials and business representatives of the Russian Federation to forge co-operation on various fronts.

Ends/Monday, March 16, 2015
Issued at HKT 21:56


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