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CE meets Philippine senate president

Chief Executive John Lee today met visiting Philippine Senate President Juan Miguel Fernandez Zubiri to exchange views on matters of common interest.   Mr Lee said Hong Kong and the Philippines have maintained close exchanges and co-operation in various fields such as trade, investment and finance, and that Hong Kong is an important trading and investment partner for the Philippines and other Association of Southeast Asian Nations countries. He encouraged more Philippine enterprises and talent to develop in Hong Kong and make better use of its professional services and internationalised business environment for expanding into Mainland markets, including those of the Greater Bay Area.   As the city is striving for early entry to the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement, the Chief Executive thanked the Philippines for its support in Hong Kong’s bid for accession.

Chris Sun to visit bay area cities

Secretary for Labour & Welfare Chris Sun will lead a social welfare sector delegation for a three-day visit to Shenzhen, Guangzhou and Zhongshan tomorrow to view elderly and rehabilitation service facilities and exchange views with relevant units.   The delegation comprises heads and high-level representatives from Social Welfare Sector Heart to Heart Joint Action, community associations, non-governmental organisations and the Council of Social Service. Representatives of the Labour & Welfare Bureau, the Elderly Commission, the Rehabilitation Advisory Committee and the Social Welfare Department will also join the trip.   Mr Sun and the delegation will attend an exchange seminar on Greater Bay Area development to be hosted by the Guangdong Department of Civil Affairs. In addition, the delegates will visit community and residential care service units to keep abreast of the latest developments of Qianhai in Shenzhen and the bay area.   Mr Sun will return to Hong Kong on Wednesday. In his absence, Under Secretary for Labour & Welfare Ho Kai-ming will be Acting Secretary.

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