FS continues calls on central ministries in Beijing (with photos/video)
This morning, Mr Chan visited the Office of the Central Commission for Financial and Economic Affairs to meet with Deputy Director Mr Liao Min, to exchange views on the economic and financial development of the country and Hong Kong. Mr Chan introduced the economic situation of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, and the city's development directions and policies in the new era and in a new stage. He pointed out that Hong Kong is creating a strong impetus of growth and is strengthening the synergy and co-operation among sister cities of the Greater Bay Area, so that Hong Kong can contribute to the high-quality development of the country. Hong Kong's financial market has been developing in a safe and orderly manner amid the fluctuating external environment of the past three years.
At noon, Mr Chan met with the Governor of the People's Bank of China, Mr Yi Gang, and discussed matters including supporting the development and mutual access between Mainland and Hong Kong financial markets, deepening the development of an offshore Renminbi hub, and strengthening co-operation on green and sustainable finance.
In the afternoon, Mr Chan visited the Ministry of Finance and met with Vice Minister Mr Wang Dongwei. Mr Chan introduced Hong Kong's economic and financial development situation and expressed gratitude to the Ministry for continuing to issue Renminbi Sovereign Bonds in Hong Kong and supporting the development of Hong Kong as an international financial centre. He pointed out that Hong Kong actively aligns with the national development strategies in the hope of taking advantage of its role as a top international fundraising platform and supporting the prudent promotion of the internationalisation of the Renminbi. Both parties also exchanged views on issues including strengthening audit oversight co-operation and international tax co-operation.
Mr Chan then visited the Ministry of Commerce and met with Vice Minister Ms Guo Tingting. Mr Chan introduced Hong Kong's latest economic situation, business environment and outlook. He pointed out that to align with national development strategies, Hong Kong, as a participant and contributor to the promotion of international trade, is making every effort to join the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, as well as expanding its free trade network, so as to contribute to regional economic co-operation and development. Hong Kong will fully leverage its role as an international financial centre and a high-level professional services platform, to contribute to the high-quality development of the Belt and Road Initiative.
Also joining the visit were the Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury, Mr Christopher Hui; the Permanent Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury (Financial Services), Ms Salina Yan; the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, Mr Eddie Yue; the Chief Executive Officer of the Securities and Futures Commission, Ms Julia Leung; the Chief Executive Officer of the Insurance Authority, Mr Clement Cheung; and the Director-General of Trade and Industry, Ms Maggie Wong, and others.
Mr Chan delivered a speech at the Guanghua School of Management of Peking University in the evening.
Ends/Thursday, April 20, 2023
Issued at HKT 21:11
Issued at HKT 21:11