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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.

Ice hockey body review supported

The Culture, Sports & Tourism Bureau today reiterated that the Government supports the starting of the process to suspend the Hong Kong Ice Hockey Association’s (HKIHA) membership by the Sports Federation & Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China.   The Government also supports the committee’s request for the HKIHA to provide a full written explanation in relation to an incident concerning the playing of the wrong music as the national anthem of the People’s Republic of China, and submit a plan on improving corporate governance.   The bureau stressed that the Government and the committee have the same objective to discern the reason for the error and enhance the HKIHA’s corporate governance.   The government subsidy on ice hockey athletes’ training and competition will not be affected regardless of the final decision upon the investigation’s completion, the bureau added.

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