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CE meets Chairman of State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission (with photo)
     The Chief Executive, Mrs Carrie Lam, met the Chairman of the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission (SASAC) of the State Council, Mr Xiao Yaqing, at Government House at noon today (April 27).

     Mrs Lam said she was pleased to meet Mr Xiao again following their meeting in Beijing and participation in the seminar on "Strategies and Opportunities under the Belt and Road Initiative - Leveraging Hong Kong's Advantages, Meeting the Country's Needs" held at the Great Hall of the People by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government in conjunction with the Belt and Road General Chamber of Commerce in early February this year. Mrs Lam thanked state leaders and Mainland ministries, especially the SASAC, for their strong support for the seminar, at which more than 380 chief executives and senior management from over 170 state-owned enterprises (SoEs) participated. Coupled with the attendance of more than 100 leaders from the business and professional services sectors in Hong Kong, the seminar was a great success. Noting that the impact of the seminar is ongoing, with exchanges between Hong Kong and Mainland enterprises continuing, Mrs Lam said they would be able to join forces to tap new markets after they have built up mutual understanding. Mrs Lam added that, with the signing of a Free Trade Agreement and a related Investment Agreement between Hong Kong and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) last November, co-operation between Hong Kong and ASEAN will be elevated to a new stage. She said she hopes that more SoEs will make use of Hong Kong as a platform to explore the ASEAN market.

     Mrs Lam said that the Belt and Road Initiative is an important national initiative as well as providing new impetus for social and economic developments for the future of the HKSAR. She expressed the hope that the SASAC will continue to support the HKSAR in giving full play to its advantages as an international centre for finance, trade, maritime trade and services, as well as helping to strengthen co-operation between Hong Kong enterprises and SoEs and conducting joint promotional activities overseas on opportunities arising from the Belt and Road Initiative, so as to develop the Belt and Road into the most extensive global platform for co-operation. She said that the HKSAR Government and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council will hold the third Belt and Road Summit in the middle of this year, and that she hopes the SASAC will continue its support and encourage participation by SoE representatives at the Summit, further advancing the establishment of a strategic partnership between SoEs and Hong Kong enterprises.
Ends/Friday, April 27, 2018
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The Chief Executive, Mrs Carrie Lam (right), meets the the Chairman of the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the State Council, Mr Xiao Yaqing (left), at Government House today (April 27).