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Energy efficiency meeting held

Secretary for Environment & Ecology Tse Chin-wan today attended the 60th Meeting of the Expert Group on Energy Efficiency & Conservation of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) held in Hong Kong.   In his welcome speech, Mr Tse said that Hong Kong was honoured to host the meeting again after 2019 and 2020 to provide a platform for direct dialogue among APEC partners.   “It is encouraging to see over 50 experts and delegates from 11 APEC member economies as well as four international organisations gather again to share insights and exchange experiences with their counterparts after the stabilisation of the epidemic.”   As the Asia-Pacific region develops, its energy demand and consumption would continue to increase, which may lead to an increase in emissions of greenhouse gases, he pointed out.   To achieve carbon neutrality before 2050, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government published Hong Kong’s Climate Action Plan 2050 in 2021, outlining the st

CE to visit Saudi Arabia, UAE

Chief Executive John Lee will lead a delegation and depart for a visit to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on February 4.   The visit seeks to enhance connections between Hong Kong and the two countries in various areas such as trade, investment and culture, with a view to realising business opportunities for Hong Kong, and telling the good stories of Hong Kong by promoting the city on all fronts.   The Middle East region, with its vibrant development and unlimited potential, is a key link for the country's Belt & Road Initiative. This visit demonstrates Hong Kong's proactive participation in promoting the initiative.   The delegation includes Deputy Secretary for Justice Cheung Kwok-kwan, Secretary for Financial Services & the Treasury Christopher Hui, Secretary for Commerce & Economic Development Algernon Yau, Director of Information Services Fletch Chan and Acting Commissioner for Belt & Road Johann Wong.   Delegation members also include more than 30 representatives from various sectors, including finance, industrial and commercial, trade, professional services, infrastructure and development, innovation and technology as well as transport and logistics.   Mr Lee will visit Riyadh in Saudi Arabia, from February 5 to 6. He will depart for Abu Dhabi in the UAE in the evening on February 6 and depart for Dubai in the UAE on February 8.   During his visit, Mr Lee will meet with local political and business leaders, visit local enterprises, attend forums and exchange activities to introduce Hong Kong's latest developments and investment and business opportunities, as well as its unique advantages of enjoying the strong support of the motherland and being closely connected to the world under the “one country, two systems” principle.   He will also promote the new developments and opportunities of Hong Kong and foster Hong Kong's exchanges and co-operation with Saudi Arabia and the UAE on all fronts.   Mr Lee will also visit the Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office in Dubai. He will be briefed on the office's plans and progress on the work of attracting businesses and talent as well as other areas.   Mr Lee will return to Hong Kong in the morning on February 11. During Mr Lee's absence, Chief Secretary Chan Kwok-ki will be Acting Chief Executive.   During Mr Hui's absence, Under Secretary for Financial Services & the Treasury Joseph Chan, will be Acting Secretary. During Mr Yau's absence, Under Secretary for Commerce & Economic Development Bernard Chan will be Acting Secretary.

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