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FS visits biomedical firm in UK

Financial Secretary Paul Chan yesterday visited a biopharmaceutical company and the Royal College of Art, and attended a lunch hosted by the China-Britain Business Council, as part of his ongoing trip to London.   Mr Chan visited AstraZeneca and met the company’s senior management to learn about its drug research and development activities, as well as its latest expansion plans.   AstraZeneca indicated that following in-depth talks with Hong Kong’s Office for Attracting Strategic Enterprises, it plans to develop a research and development centre in Hong Kong and will engage in further discussion with relevant government departments on the matter.   The Financial Secretary then attended a roundtable luncheon held by the China-Britain Business Council, and met representatives of British enterprises that do business, or plan to do business, either in the Mainland or Hong Kong.   Mr Chan later visited the Royal College of Art, which collaborated with the Hong Kong Polytechnic Unive

2 events awarded ‘M’ Mark status

The Major Sports Events Committee today announced that it has awarded “M” Mark status to the FIVB Volleyball Nations League Hong Kong 2023 presented by China Life (Overseas) and the 2023 Hong Kong International Dragon Boat Races.   The two events will take place from June 13 to 18 and June 24 to 25.   Wilfred Ng, the committee's chairman, described both occasions as ones that will add colour and vibrancy to Hong Kong, thereby bringing in more visitors from abroad.   “After a four-year hiatus, these two 'M' Mark events will be held in Hong Kong again, which does not only showcase Hong Kong's capability to host world-class events, but also enhance Hong Kong's position as a centre for major international sports events.   “These events will allow Hong Kong audiences to enjoy high-level competitions and cultivate a sporting culture in the community.”   The "M” Mark System aims to encourage and help local national sports associations as well as private and non-government organisations to organise more major international sports events and nurture them into sustainable undertakings.   What’s more, sports events meeting the assessment criteria will be granted “M” Mark status by the committee and funding support will also be provided to some events.

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