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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

North district officer appointed

The Government today announced that Principal Assistant Secretary for Education (Higher Education) Derek Lai will assume the post of District Officer (North) tomorrow, succeeding Chong Wing-wun.   Since joining the administrative service in 2004, Mr Lai has served in the then Housing, Planning & Lands Bureau, the then Education & Manpower Bureau, the Labour & Welfare Bureau, the Commerce & Economic Development Bureau, the Development Bureau and the Financial Services & the Treasury Bureau.

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