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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.

Commerce chief headed to Detroit

Secretary for Commerce & Economic Development Algernon Yau will depart for the US city of Detroit tomorrow to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Ministers Responsible for Trade Meeting to be held from May 25-26.   Mr Yau will join discussion sessions on the multilateral trading system, fostering sustainable and inclusive trade in the region and other issues.   He will also meet ministers of other APEC member economies to exchange views on regional co-operation and issues of mutual interest.   Mr Yau will return to Hong Kong on May 28. During his absence, Under Secretary for Commerce & Economic Development Bernard Chan will be Acting Secretary.

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