Chief Executive John Lee Ka-chiu led a delegation to arrive in Singapore and begin the visit program in three countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
Lee lead a delegation for a 7-day visit to Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia starting Sunday to strengthen cooperation between Hong Kong and the three ASEAN countries. This is his’s second visit to ASEAN countries since he has taken office.
Lee met with Sun Haiyan, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People’s Republic of China to the Republic of Singapore, upon arrival in Singapore. He expressed his gratitude to Sun and the Embassy for the continuous support of the SAR government and the thoughtful arrangements for this visit.
Lee added that Hong Kong and Singapore have always maintained close bilateral trade relations, and he hopes to strengthen the high-level connection with the Singapore government through this visit.
Singapore is the fourth largest trading partner of Hong Kong, and it is also the largest trading partner of Hong Kong among the 10 ASEAN countries.
Lee will continue his visit to Singapore on Monday to meet with government leaders and visit an enterprise. He will also attend a business dinner jointly organized by the SAR government and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council to exchange views with local business leaders.
Lee will depart for Indonesia in the morning on July 25 and will then visit Malaysia on July 27 before returning to Hong Kong on July 29.
Deputy Financial Secretary Michael Wong Wai-lun; Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury Christopher Hui Ching-yu; Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, Algernon Yau Ying-wah; Secretary for Transport and Logistics Lam Sai-hung; Secretary for Innovation, Technology and Industry Sun Dong and other officials also join the visit.
The delegation members also included about 30 high-level representatives from industry and commerce, financial services, transport, logistics and e-commerce, and innovation and technology sectors.
Source : The Standard