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Xia Baolong begins HK visit

CPC Central Committee Hong Kong & Macao Work Office Director and State Council Hong Kong & Macao Affairs Office Director Xia Baolong today arrived in Hong Kong for a seven-day inspection visit.   Upon his arrival at Hong Kong International Airport this morning, Mr Xia toured the Integrated Airport Centre in the company of Chief Executive John Lee, Chief Secretary Chan Kwok-ki and Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK) Chairman Jack So.   Mr Xia was updated by Secretary for Transport & Logistics Lam Sai-hung and AAHK Chief Executive Officer Fred Lam, on the developments of the aviation industry and the latest situation of Hong Kong's development as an international aviation and cargo hub. Mr Xia also inspected the operation of autonomous vehicles at the airport.   In the afternoon, he had an engagement session with Principal Officials and Permanent Secretaries of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government led by Mr Lee.   At another engagement ses

HK, Mexico pact to take effect

The Investment Promotion & Protection Agreement (IPPA) between Hong Kong and Mexico will enter into force on June 16.   The agreement with Mexico will enhance investors’ confidence, expand investment flows between Hong Kong and Mexico, and further strengthen bilateral economic and trade ties.   Secretary for Commerce & Economic Development Edward Yau said the 14th Five-Year Plan supports Hong Kong to foster co-operation and exchanges with countries and regions around the world.   He noted that the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government has been making full use of the city's advantages under the Basic Law and “one country, two systems”, and has signed bilateral agreements, including IPPAs, with foreign economies to explore more opportunities for developing bilateral and multilateral co-operation benefits.   Mr Yau added that the agreement with Mexico is the fourth such agreement that the Hong Kong SAR Government has signed this term.   The other three were signed with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, Australia and the United Arab Emirates, all of which have entered into force.   Taking into account the agreement with Mexico, the total number of IPPAs in force between Hong Kong and foreign economies will increase to 22, covering 31 foreign economies.   Under the agreement with Mexico, the two sides undertake to provide investors of the other side with fair, equitable and non-discriminatory treatment of investments, compensation in the event of expropriation of investments, and the right to free transfers abroad of investments and returns.   The agreement also provides for settlement of investment disputes under internationally accepted rules, including arbitration.
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