Director of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (Toronto) (HKETO), Ms Emily Mo, attended the Macao Club Gala Dinner to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China and the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Macao Special Administrative Region on December 19.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Ms Mo was delighted to note that the world has witnessed the remarkable economic and social achievements of China. “Being the two special administrative regions of our country, Hong Kong and Macao have been proud to be part of the country’s achievements, by contributing to its development and benefitting from its prosperity,” she said.
Hong Kong and Macao enjoy the advantages of “one country, two systems” and the two places also have close ties and inseparable bonding with China. “With the commissioning of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge last year, the distance between the three places has remarkably shortened,” Ms Mo continued.
Besides, Ms Mo highlighted the important roles of Hong Kong, Macao, Guangdong and Shenzhen in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (Greater Bay Area) development. “With these new developments, the three places can further complement each other to create synergy in our development and foster deeper bonds between the people,” Ms Mo said.
Before closing, Ms Mo updated the participants on the latest situation of Hong Kong. “The Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China is determined to resolve the challenges together with our people. We are committed to upholding the “one country, two systems” principle, and seeking the opportunities provided under the Belt and Road Initiative and the Greater Bay Area Development,” Ms Mo said.
Exhibition panels about the Greater Bay Area and photos of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge (HZMB) and high-speed ferries linking Hong Kong with Macau were displayed at the gala by HKETO.