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Friday, March 01, 2019, 11:24
Hong Kong opens economic, trade office in Bangkok
By Xinhua
Friday, March 01, 2019, 11:24 By Xinhua

Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam (fourth from left) and Thailand's deputy prime minister Somkid Jatusripitak (fourth from right) cut a ribbon during the opening ceremony of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (ETO) in Bangkok, capital of Thailand, Feb 28, 2019. (ZHANG KEREN / XINHUA)

BANGKOK — The Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (ETO) was inaugurated in Bangkok on Thursday for deeper economic and trade relations and cooperation.

Addressing the opening ceremony, Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam said the establishment of the Bangkok office is a clear and compelling statement of the importance of ASEAN (the Association of Southeast Asian Nations) to Hong Kong.

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The Bangkok office is the third ETO established by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in the ASEAN region after Jakarta and Singapore.

Lam expected the office to play the role of facilitator to connect businesses and organizations between Hong Kong and Thailand, and serve as a catalyst to take the cooperation of both sides to new heights and fresh directions.

Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha meets with Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam in Bangkok, capital of Thailand, Feb 28, 2019. (ZHANG KEREN / XINHUA)

Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha meets with Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam in Bangkok, capital of Thailand, Feb 28, 2019. (ZHANG KEREN / XINHUA)

Somkid Jatusripitak, Thailand's deputy prime minister in charge of the country's economy affairs, said Thailand aims to use Hong Kong as a gateway to China's Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area.

He said Thailand expected more investment from the Greater Bay Area.

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On Thursday, Lam also met Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai.

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