Hong Kong Chief Executive John Lee Ka-chiu (right) and President Félix-Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo of the Democratic Republic of the Congo pose for a photograph as they met at Government House on May 29, 2023. (PHOTO COURTESY OF HKSAR GOVT)
HONG KONG – Chief Executive John Lee Ka-chiu met President Félix-Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) at Government House on Monday to exchange views on matters of common interest.
Welcoming President Tshisekedi's visit to the city, Lee said Hong Kong has maintained cordial trade relations with the DRC.
The city is well-positioned to serve as a key link for the DRC and other African countries to jointly promote the development of the Belt and Road Initiative.
John Lee, Chief Executive, HKSAR
With an average annual growth of 12 percent over the past five years in total merchandise trade, he saw good potential to further enhance business and trade cooperation between the two places.
"Hong Kong is a leading international financial center with boundless opportunities, bringing together talent and capital from all over the world,” he said.
Under the 'one country, two systems' principle, the special administrative region also reaps the unique benefits of enjoying strong national support while maintaining unparalleled connectivity with the world, he added.
“The city is well-positioned to serve as a key link for the DRC and other African countries to jointly promote the development of the Belt and Road Initiative.”
Pointing out that many Hong Kong enterprises have vast experience in investing in and taking up overseas infrastructure projects, Lee said they will embrace opportunities in the DRC to expand their businesses.
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Chief Secretary for Administration Chan Kwok-ki; Deputy Financial Secretary, Michael Wong; and Under Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, Dr Bernard Chan, also attended the meeting.
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