FS concludes visit to Beijing (with photos)

     The Financial Secretary, Mr Paul Chan, today (November 22) embarked on the last day of his visit to Beijing and met with officials of the Central Authorities to foster closer co-operation between Hong Kong and the Mainland. 

     This morning, he met with the Director General of the Department of Regional Economy of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), Mr Guo Lanfeng, to discuss Hong Kong’s participation in the Belt and Road Initiative and the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Bay Area, and measures to open up new markets and create more opportunities for Hong Kong’s businesses and talent.

     Also in attendance were the Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury, Mr James Lau; the Permanent Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury (Financial Services), Mr Andrew Wong; and the Deputy Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development (Belt and Road), Ms Cora Ho.

     In the afternoon, joined by the Chairman of the Securities and Futures Commission, Mr Carlson Tong,  the delegation had separate meetings with the Vice Chairman of the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission  of the State Council, Mr Wang Wenbin, and the Chairman of the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC), Mr Liu Shiyu.
     At the meeting with CSRC, both parties exchanged views on initiatives to further promote mutual capital market access between Hong Kong and the Mainland. Mr Chan remarked that the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government is committed to promoting market development, and at the same time financial regulation will be strengthened to enhance the quality and competitiveness of Hong Kong’s financial markets.

     Having concluded the visit, Mr Chan departed Beijing for Hong Kong this evening.

Ends/Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Issued at HKT 17:08