FS attends celebration activities of 20th Anniversary of establishment of HKSAR in Wuhan (with photos)

     The Financial Secretary, Mr Paul Chan, today (August 21) officiated at the Opening Ceremony of "Together · Progress · Opportunity - Roving Exhibition in Celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Return of Hong Kong to the Motherland" and the Gala Dinner in celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) in Wuhan, Hubei.

     Mr Chan said at the Opening Ceremony of the roving exhibition at the Hubei Provincial Museum that since Hong Kong's return to our motherland 20 years ago, Hong Kong has achieved significant progress in economic and social development and in improving people's livelihood.  Hong Kong will continue to make the best use of the unique advantages of "one country, two systems" to seize the new opportunities ahead and to scale new heights.

     Other key officiating guests at the Opening Ceremony included the Vice Governor of Hubei Province, Mr Tong Daochi; the Director General of the Department of Culture of Hubei Province, Ms Lei Wenjie; the Director of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Wuhan (WHETO), Miss Sara Tse; and the Director of WHETO (Designate), Mr Vincent FUNG. 
     Speaking at the Gala Dinner, Mr Chan said that Hong Kong and Hubei have a close economic and trade relationship.  Hong Kong has ranked the first among all countries and regions investing in Hubei in terms of number of enterprises and amount of investment.  At the same time, Hong Kong is the ideal platform facilitating Hubei enterprises to "go global" and to "attract foreign investment" to Hubei.

     He added that the WHETO will continue to enhance and strengthen the exchanges between Hong Kong and Hubei in the areas of economic, trade and culture, and further cultivate friendship of people in the two places.

     Other key officiating guests at the Gala Dinner included the Vice Governor of Hubei Province, Mr Tong Daochi; the Vice Mayor of Wuhan City, Ms Xu Honglan; the Director of the WHETO, Miss Sara Tse; and the Director of the WHETO (Designate), Mr Vincent Fung.

     After he arrived at Wuhan this morning, Mr Chan met with the Executive Vice Governor of the Hubei Province, Mr Huang Chuping to exchange views on strengthening co-operation between the two places. Mr Paul Chan also visited Hong Kong-invested projects in Wuhan, and met with Hong Kong people working and doing business in Wuhan.

     Tomorrow (August 22), Mr Paul Chan will visit the Exhibition Centre of Donghu New Technology Development Zone in Wuhan as well as enterprises in the zone.  He will then proceed to Changsha, Hunan to continue his duty visit.

Ends/Monday, August 21, 2017
Issued at HKT 22:21