HKETO Newsroom

September 25, 2018

SCED promotes Hong Kong's strengths in doing business on US visit

The Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, Mr Edward Yau, began his visit programme in Washington, DC, the United States (US) today (September 24, Eastern Standard Time), where he met with think tank members, officials and business leaders to exchange views on Hong Kong-US economic relations and regional and global economic and trade issues as well as to promote Hong Kong's strengths in doing business and update them on Hong Kong's latest economic developments.

Mr Yau first met with economic and trade experts from the Peterson Institute for International Economics (PIIE). They exchanged views on issues such as global economic and trade relations, and the current situation and future prospects of multilateral and regional trading systems. The PIIE is a non-profit and non-partisan research institution which mainly seeks to analyse issues to make globalisation sustainable for the US and the world.

Mr Yau then paid a courtesy call on the Minister of the Chinese Embassy in the US, Mr Li Kexin, to understand the latest situation of China-US relations. During the meeting he thanked the Chinese Embassy for supporting the work of Hong Kong's economic and trade offices in the US.

In the evening, Mr Yau joined a dinner hosted by the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, Washington, DC. The dinner was attended by former and current senior US government officials, think tank members and leaders of chambers of commerce and business organisations. He noted that the attendees attached great importance to Hong Kong and US trade and economic relations and said he looked forward to fostering even closer bilateral ties through exchanges of high-level government and business delegations.

In 2017, total trade in goods and services between the US and Hong Kong was close to US$70 billion. The US was Hong Kong's second-largest goods trading partner, while Hong Kong ranked ninth-largest among US goods exports destinations.

Mr Yau will continue his visit to Washington, DC, tomorrow (September 25, Eastern Standard Time) where he will meet officials and officiate at a gala reception to celebrate the inaugural direct flight between Hong Kong and Washington, DC, and attend the signing ceremony of Statement of Intent on Smart Technology Collaboration between the US Department of Commerce and the Hong Kong Productivity Council.

September 25, 2018

商務及經濟發展局局長美國推廣香港營商優勢

商務及經濟發展局局長邱騰華今日(美國東岸時間九月二十四日)展開在美國華盛頓的訪問行程,與當地智庫成員和政商界領袖會面,就香港與美國、區域和環球經貿議題交流意見,並推廣香港的營商優勢,以及介紹香港的最新經濟發展。

邱騰華首先與彼得森國際經濟研究所的經濟和貿易專家會面,討論環球經貿關係、多邊及區域貿易體制的現況及未來發展等議題。彼得森國際經濟研究所是一所非牟利獨立研究所,着眼分析全球化推動美國和環球經濟發展和相關挑戰。

邱騰華其後禮節性拜會中國駐美國大使館李克新公使,了解中美關係最新形勢,會面中亦感謝大使館對特區政府駐美經濟貿易辦事處工作的支持。

邱騰華傍晚出席香港駐華盛頓經濟貿易辦事處所設的晚宴,出席者有前任及現任美國高級官員、智庫成員、商會和企業領袖。他表示,出席的政商界領袖均重視香港與美國經貿關係,他期望透過兩地高級政府官員和商界代表的互相交流,有助建立更緊密的經貿關係。

在二○一七年,美國與香港的商品及服務貿易總額達七百億美元。美國是香港第二大的商品貿易夥伴,而香港則是美國第九大商品出口地區。

邱騰華明日(美國東岸時間九月二十五日)將繼續華盛頓的訪問行程,與美國官員會晤,並為慶祝往來香港和華盛頓直航服務啟航的酒會主禮,以及出席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。