Published: 17:57, May 22, 2024
Financial secretary to visit France, US to promote GBA
By Oswald Chan
In this Feb 28, 2024 photo, Financial Secretary Paul Chan Mo-po arrives at the Legislative Council in Hong Kong to deliver his annual budget speech. (CALVIN NG / CHINA DAILY)

Financial Secretary Paul Chan Mo-po will visit France and the United States from May 22 to June 1 to promote business opportunities to American and European business community as well as Hong Kong’s role as a “superconnector” and “super value-adder”.

In Paris, Chan will attend the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area and Europe (France) Economic and Trade Cooperation Conference, organized by the Guangdong People’s Government and the governments of the Hong Kong and Macao special administrative regions.

Together with delegations from Guangdong and the Macao SAR, Chan will lead a delegation to participate in the “Bay to Bay Dialogue” between the California Bay Area and the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area on May 29

The finance chief will meet with French political, business and financial leaders to discuss the latest situation in Hong Kong, as well as the city’s business advantages and development opportunities. He will also visit a number of companies to explore opportunities for business and project cooperation in Hong Kong.

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Later, Chan will depart for the US and will visit San Francisco and Berkeley on May 27.

Together with delegations from Guangdong and the Macao SAR, Chan will lead a delegation to participate in the “Bay to Bay Dialogue” between the California Bay Area and the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area on May 29, and a US-China high-level event on subnational climate action on May 29 and 30.

Chan will also attend a business luncheon co-organized by the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in San Francisco and the Bay Area Council, meet representatives of the political and business communities, and visit enterprises.

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Members of the Hong Kong SAR delegation include Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Algernon Yau Ying-wah, Secretary for Transport and Logistics Lam Sai-hung, and Under Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury Joseph Chan Ho-lim.

Meanwhile at the 15th antechamber exchange session at the Legislative Council on Wednesday, the finance chief exchanged views with lawmakers regarding the development of various business sectors such as finance, new energy and green industries.

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“Innovation is the core of new productive forces, and green development is the bedrock for the high-quality development of new productive forces,” Chan told reporters after the exchange session.

The finance chief exchanged views with legislators on various issues such as technological innovation, green development and new energy. They also discussed Hong Kong's traditional core industries, including finance and trade, as well as the development of the low-altitude economy.