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Chief Executive John Lee today met visiting Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for Economic Policies of Singapore Heng Swee Keat.   Mr Lee said he was pleased to see Mr Heng in Hong Kong after they previously met in July last year, when Mr Lee visited Singapore.   He said Singapore has consistently been Hong Kong’s largest trading partner in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, with bilateral trade in goods between the two places in 2023 amounting to $394.7 billion.   He added that Hong Kong will continue to make every effort to strengthen multifaceted co-operation with Singapore, in particular in relation to the green and digital sectors, as well as in other emerging industries.       Mr Lee also thanked Singapore for its ongoing support for Hong Kong’s early accession to the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, which he said will pave the way for greater contributions to regional co-operation and create added impetus for growth in Hong Kong.  

Govt holds seminar on Qianhai plan

The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government today held a seminar to promote the Overall Development Plan for the Qianhai Shenzhen-Hong Kong Modern Service Industry Co-operation Zone at the Central Government Offices.

 

National Development & Reform Commission (NDRC) Department of Regional Economy Director General Wu Shulin was the keynote speaker and delivered a thematic presentation.

 

Representatives from the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee Hong Kong & Macao Work Office, Guangdong Provincial Development & Reform Commission, and Shenzhen Municipal Government were also present.

 

Hong Kong Deputies to the National People's Congress (NPC) and Hong Kong Members of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) as well as relevant Hong Kong SAR Government officials attended the seminar.

 

They learnt about embracing the central government's requirements and objectives in regard to the Qianhai Overall Development Plan and discussed with the NDRC delegation how to resolutely uphold the central government's strategic decisions on Qianhai development.

 

At the seminar, Mr Wu focused on studying and upholding President Xi Jinping's important steer on Qianhai's development, profoundly explained the significance of promoting Qianhai's development and opening up, and comprehensively analysed the situation facing Qianhai's development.

 

Following closely the overall requirements of full implementation of the Qianhai Overall Development Plan, with important missions including to facilitate Guangdong-Hong Kong and Hong Kong-Shenzhen co-operation and expand Hong Kong's scope of development, Mr Wu also systematically elaborated on various specific measures on industry development, business environment, urban development, public services and institutional mechanisms.

 

In his speech delivered at the seminar, Secretary for Constitutional & Mainland Affairs Erick Tsang said: “The Qianhai Overall Development Plan has a significant bearing on not only the high-level development of Qianhai and the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (GBA), but also the country's continued deepening reform and opening up and high-quality development in a comprehensive manner.”

 

Mr Tsang also remarked that Hong Kong will continue to support Qianhai in trying out new policies on a pilot basis and pursuing more policy innovation and breakthroughs, with a view to spreading the successful policies to the rest of the GBA and even the entire country, and making greater contributions to the further reform and opening up of the country.

 

He encouraged Hong Kong Deputies to the NPC and Hong Kong Members of the National Committee of the CPPCC to appeal to different sectors to proactively take forward the development the Qianhai Co-operation Zone and the GBA.


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