Posted in: Press Releases
March 2, 2017
The Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (Toronto) (HKETO) of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government (HKSARG) held a media lunch in Toronto today (March 2) to review Hong Kong’s economic development over the past year, to give an account of the future development ahead, and to introduce the various celebration events HKETO will host for celebrating the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region this year.
In presenting his remarks, the Acting Director of the HKETO, Mr Nick Choi, told the media that Hong Kong had been rated as the freest economy in the world for 23 consecutive years by the United States’ Heritage Foundation. Hong Kong also continued to top the Fraser Institute’s World Economic Freedom Index. In addition, the city has been assessed as the world’s most competitive economy by the International Institute for Management Development.
Mr Choi also briefed on the 2017-18 Budget released last month about the measures to consolidate and enhance the competitiveness of pillar industries and promote diversified economic development.
“HKSAR will continue to work with major trading and investment partners to open up more markets and remove market impediments to strengthen Hong Kong's status as a regional investment, financial and logistics hub,” Mr Choi said.
2017 marks the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the HKSAR. The HKSAR Government will organise a wide variety of celebration events in Hong Kong, including mega cultural and sports programmes, in the year ahead. HKETO is also planning a series of celebration activities in Canada.
“To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the HKSAR, HKETO will organise a series of celebration activities including the screening of classic Hong Kong films produced in the past twenty years at the Hong Kong film festivals in Toronto and Vancouver in June,” Mr Choi said. “In October, HKETO will hold a business seminar for the local business sector to explore the future trade and economic developments between Hong Kong and Canada, and the “super-connector” role of Hong Kong to help Canadian enterprises to tap into Asia including the market in the Mainland China. HKETO will also host official gala dinners in Toronto and Vancouver.”
Mr Choi noted that HKETO will support and sponsor different Hong Kong cultural and performing groups including Zuni Icosahedron and Rhythm & Tempo to stage in Canada for cultural exchange between the two places.
Besides, HKETO will support different local organizations with activities to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the establishment of HKSAR, including the seminar series on Hong Kong-Canada Interrelations organised by the Richard Charles Lee Canada-Hong Kong Library in Toronto, a drama with the Hong Kong theme produced by Dramaonevan in Vancouver and so on.
About 40 media attended the media lunch today.
The Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (Toronto) (HKETO) held a media lunch in Toronto today (March 2) to review Hong Kong’s economic development over the past year, look forward to the future development, and also brief the media the celebration events HKETO will host for celebrating the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region this year. Photo shows the Acting Director of the HKETO, Mr Nick Choi, delivering a speech.
The Acting Director of the HKETO, Mr Nick Choi (middle), the Head of Public Relations (Des), Ms Ivy Yue (right), and the Public Relations Officer, Miss Hilda Chow at the media lunch.
The Acting Director of the HKETO, Mr Nick Choi (front row, middle), and media at the lunch.
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