Reception in Auckland to celebrate HKSAR’s 20th Anniversary
The Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (HKETO) hosted a reception in Auckland on July 21 (Friday) to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.
About 150 guests from various sectors including the political and business circles, academic and community groups as well as government representatives attended the reception. Amongst them were Chinese Ambassador to New Zealand, Mr Wang Lutong; Minister for Revenue, Minister of Energy and Resources, and Minister for Ethnic Communities, Ms Judith Collins, and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr David Carter.
Speaking to the guests, the Director of HKETO, Mr Arthur Au said in the past twenty years, the principle of “one country, two systems” had been successfully implemented and provided the foundation of Hong Kong’s prosperity and stability.
“As the world’s most competitive economy, Hong Kong is now home to nearly 8,000 overseas and Mainland Chinese companies,” Mr Au said.
“Economic initiatives like Shanghai – Hong Kong Stock Connect, Shenzhen – Hong Kong Stock Connect, and Bond Connect have further strengthened Hong Kong’s position as China’s international financial centre and world’s leading financial capital in Asia.”
“We are set to take on more active roles in our economy, both as a facilitator and promoter. Apart from reinforcing Hong Kong’s traditional industries, we will promote the development of innovation and technology and creative industries,” Mr Au noted.
He said, the Government would continue to push ahead with various strategic infrastructure projects including a third runway at the Hong Kong International Airport, and an express rail line connecting Hong Kong to the Mainland’s high-speed rail network.
“These infrastructures, coupled with our world-class financial, professional and commercial services, will enable Hong Kong to play a pivotal role in China’s Belt and Road Initiative and Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Bay Area.”
On the relationship between Hong Kong and New Zealand, Mr Au said the signing of the free trade agreement and double tax agreement had contributed to the strong bilateral economic links between the two places and created more opportunities for New Zealand companies in Asia through Hong Kong.
“In May, the Prime Minister, Mr Bill English, visited Hong Kong and launched New Zealand’s own Te Mana Lamb, making Hong Kong the first place outside New Zealand to have this unique, healthy and tasty lamb,” he added.
The links between Hong Kong and New Zealand go beyond business. Hong Kong is a home-away-home for thousands of Kiwis. They enjoy a wide selection of sports, arts and cultural events in the city such as Hong Kong Sevens and Art Basel Hong Kong.
At the reception, HKETO presented Hong Kong’s intangible cultural heritage, Cantonese Opera performed by a group of talented kids and youths travelling all along from Hong Kong.
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