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CE meets Prime Minister of Thailand (with photo)
     The Chief Executive, Mr John Lee, met the Prime Minister of Thailand, Mr Srettha Thavisin, at Government House today (October 9). Mr Lee welcomed Mr Srettha Thavisin's visit to Hong Kong and congratulated him on his election as the 30th Prime Minister of Thailand.

     The Deputy Chief Secretary for Administration, Mr Cheuk Wing-hing; the Deputy Financial Secretary, Mr Michael Wong; the Secretary for Culture, Sports and Tourism, Mr Kevin Yeung; the Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, Mr Algernon Yau; and the Director of the Chief Executive's Office, Ms Carol Yip, also attended the meeting.

     Mr Lee said Hong Kong and Thailand have close economic and trade relations, noting that Thailand is the fourth largest trading partner of Hong Kong among member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, while Hong Kong is the fourth largest investor of Thailand. He expressed his hope that Hong Kong and Thailand can maintain a close relationship and strengthen economic and trade co-operation between the two places.

     Mr Lee also expressed his gratitude to Thailand for supporting Hong Kong's early accession to the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership. He said that Hong Kong can serve as an important hub connecting the Mainland with other economies and make contributions to promoting regional economic development to achieve mutual benefits.

     Noting that Hong Kong is fully committed in promoting people-to-people bonds with regions along the Belt and Road, particularly Southeast Asian countries, Mr Lee said that tens of thousands of Thai residents living in Hong Kong have brought vibrancy to the city's diverse culture and made significant contributions to its socio-economic development. He added that it is encouraging that the tourism industry in the Southeast Asian market has rapidly recovered, with the number of Thai visitors to Hong Kong between June and August this year exceeding 90 per cent of the level before the pandemic. He said that the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government looks forward to continuing to collaborate with the Thai Government to promote cultural exchanges between the two places.
Ends/Monday, October 9, 2023
Issued at HKT 15:00
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The Chief Executive, Mr John Lee (right), meets the Prime Minister of Thailand, Mr Srettha Thavisin (left), at Government House today (October 9).