HKETO Newsroom

September 26, 2018

SCED: Hong Kong will continue to be an open market

Hong Kong has long been and will continue to be an open market, founded upon strong rule of law, civil liberties and government transparency. Furthermore, Hong Kong is a staunch supporter of free trade and will continue to defend the multilateral trading system in the interests of global economic growth, the Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, Mr Edward Yau, said in Washington, DC, the United States (US) today (September 25, Eastern Standard Time).

Speaking at a gala reception and dinner hosted by Cathay Pacific Airways Limited to mark its inaugural direct flight between Hong Kong and Washington, DC, Mr Yau said that Hong Kong has always been a strong and important trade partner of the US. American businesses can capitalise on Hong Kong's strengths as an open market, a springboard to Asia and as a partner for innovation for exploring markets, he added.

Before the gala reception and dinner, Mr Yau had a bilateral meeting with the US Secretary of Commerce, Mr Wilbur Ross, to exchange views on US-Hong Kong trade and economic relations. He told Mr Ross that the strong tradition of rule of law, low levels of corruption, highly efficient business environment, a world-class infrastructure and highly professional services make Hong Kong a preferred platform for business and investment activities from the US. He also pointed out that a business delegation with representatives from major chambers of commerce and individual companies had also joined his visit to Washington, DC to strengthen government-to-government and business-to-business partnership between both sides.

After the meeting, Mr Yau witnessed the signing of Statement of Intent on Smart Technology Collaboration between the US Department of Commerce and the Hong Kong Productivity Council. The collaborative agreement represents a new milestone in commercial activities between Hong Kong and the US.

In the morning, Mr Yau met separately with the Deputy US Trade Representative for Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Industrial Competitiveness, Mr Jeffrey Gerrish, and Senator Steve Daines, to update them on the latest economic and trade developments in Hong Kong and to exchange views on Hong Kong-US trade relations. During the meeting with Mr Gerrish, he reiterated that as a founding member of the World Trade Organization, Hong Kong strongly supports the multilateral trading system and free trade.

In the afternoon, after attending a luncheon organised by US-China Business Council, Mr Yau met with the founder of the Heritage Foundation, Dr Edwin Feulner. He welcomed the Heritage Foundation's recognition of Hong Kong as the world's freest economy for the 24th consecutive year, and was pleased to note that the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government's steadfast commitment in upholding the free market principles has always been affirmed internationally.

Mr Yau will continue his visit programmes in Washington, DC tomorrow (September 26, Eastern Standard Time).

September 26, 2018

商經局局長:香港會致力維持市場開放

商務及經濟發展局局長邱騰華今日(美國東岸時間九月二十五日)在美國華盛頓表示,香港的開放市場建基於法治、公民自由和開放透明的政府。香港會致力維持市場開放,而香港一直是貿易自由化的堅定支持者,會繼續捍衞多邊貿易體制,以促進環球經濟增長。

邱騰華出席由國泰航空公司主辦,慶祝往來香港和華盛頓直航服務啟航的酒會及晚宴時表示,香港和美國經貿關係一向緊密,香港擁有開放的市場,亦為進入亞洲市場的跳板,以及促進創新的夥伴,美國企業可善用這些優勢,開拓市場。

在慶祝酒會及晚宴前,邱騰華與美國商務部部長羅斯舉行雙邊會談,就兩地商貿關係交換意見。他向羅斯表示,香港擁有深厚的法治傳統、廉潔及高效的營商環境、世界級的基礎建設及高水平的專業服務,乃美國商業及投資活動的首選平台。他表示是次訪問華盛頓更有來自主要商會及企業組成的商界代表團隨行,有助加強港美雙方政府與政府之間,以及商界與商界之間的夥伴合作關係。

會後,邱騰華見證了美國商務部與香港生產力促進局的智能科技合作意向書的簽署儀式,該合作協議標示着港美商業活動的一個新里程碑。

邱騰華於早上分別與主管亞洲、歐洲、中東和產業競爭力事務的美國副貿易代表Jeffrey Gerrish和參議員Steve Daines會面,向他們介紹香港經貿發展的最新情況和就貿易議題交流意見。他在與美國副貿易代表會議中,重申香港作為世界貿易組織始創成員,堅定擁護多邊貿易體制和自由貿易。

邱騰華中午出席了美中貿易全國委員會舉行的午宴,隨後與傳統基金會創辦人Edwin Feulner博士會面。他歡迎美國傳統基金會連續二十四年將香港評為全球最自由的經濟體,顯示香港特區政府對維護自由市場原則的堅持一直以來獲得國際肯定。

邱騰華明日(美國東岸時間九月二十六日)會繼續華盛頓的訪問行程。