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Source: HKTDC
Regional Trade in Focus at Pan-PRD Forum
Chief Secretary Promotes Hong Kong Services at HKTDC Event

HONG KONG, Oct 13, 2014 - (ACN Newswire) - Business and political leaders took part in the Pan-PRD HK Trade Symposium in Guangzhou yesterday (12 Oct). The Symposium, jointly organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) and the Hong Kong SAR Government, was part of the 10th Pan-Pearl River Delta (Pan-PRD) Regional Co-operation and Development Forum being staged at the Guangzhou Baiyun International Convention Centre from 11-13 October.

Regional Trade in Focus at Pan-PRD Forum

Chief Secretary, Carrie Lam, led a 40-strong Hong Kong delegation to Guangzhou for the event. Mrs Lam also spoke at the opening ceremony of the Symposium, which promoted Hong Kong's role in trade cooperation between the nine Chinese provinces plus Hong Kong and Macau which make up the Pan-PRD region, or "9+2". Delegates also met with Central Government officials and mainland Chinese business leaders with a view to strengthening economic and trade ties within the Pan-PRD region and promoting exchange and co-operation between Hong Kong and Pan-PRD enterprises.

The Symposium highlighted Hong Kong's strengths as an international trade platform and how Hong Kong's services sector could help mainland enterprises "upgrade and transform" to strengthen their presence in global markets.

In her welcome address at the Symposium, Clare Wong, Assistant Executive Director of the HKTDC, said that Pan-PRD enterprises have been striving in recent years to strengthen co-operation among regional industries to better develop an export-oriented economy. In this process, Hong Kong, as a bridge that connects China with overseas markets, can play an important role, she said. Ms Wong added that Hong Kong's international trading platform can assist Pan-PRD enterprises to "go out" and link up with the rest of the world with the help of Hong Kong's mature and diversified services industries. They can also draw support from Hong Kong's high value-added shipping and professional services in opening up international markets, or use Hong Kong's design and branding services in implementing corporate "upgrading and transformation", Ms Wong said.

During the Symposium, trade experts from the Chinese mainland and Hong Kong shared their views on how Hong Kong's advantages in the areas of finance, shipping, professional services, design and brand management can help mainland enterprises expand overseas. Speakers included: Chen Shuang, a member of the Hong Kong Financial Services Development Council and Executive Director and CEO of China Everbright Limited; Rosita Lau, member of the Hong Kong Maritime Industry Council and a partner in the law firm Ince & Co; P.C. Lau, Chairman of the Hong Kong Coalition of Professional Services; and Dr. Royce Yuen, CEO, MOM Integrated Communications Limited.

The Pan-PRD HK Trade Symposium was part of the Pan-PRD Forum programme participated by Hong Kong's trade delegation to foster economic co-operation among provinces and regions in the Pearl River basin. The Hong Kong delegation comprised representatives from Hong Kong's key Chambers of Commerce, foreign Chambers of Commerce and corporations in Hong Kong as well as members of the Consultative Committee on Economic and Trade Co-operation between Hong Kong and the Mainland, services trade organisations, SME organisations and the Economic Development Commission. In addition to the Pan-PRD HK Trade Symposium, the delegation also took part in various business and networking events to explore opportunities for further develop cross-boundary cooperation.

The HKTDC has committed itself to facilitating business cooperation between Hong Kong and its Pan-PRD trade partners. Besides arranging numerous exchange visits for government officials and business representatives, the HKTDC also runs highly popular "Style Hong Kong" shows in a number of Pan-PRD cities such as Guangzhou, Chengdu, Nanning and Fuzhou to strengthen business ties between Hong Kong and these cities.

The Pan-PRD economic caucus includes Sichuan, Fujian, Jiangxi, Hunan, Guangdong, Guangxi, Henan, Guizhou, Yunnan and the two Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macao. Hong Kong has a long and close economic and trade relationship within the Pan-PRD region. Currently, some 200 Pan-PRD corporations are listed in Hong Kong. Over the past decade, the value of total trade between the nine Pan-PRD provinces/regions and Hong Kong/Macao has more than doubled to over US$250 billion in 2012.

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The Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) is a statutory body established in 1966 to promote, assist and develop Hong Kong's trade. With 50 offices globally, including 13 in Mainland China, the HKTDC promotes Hong Kong as a two-way global investment and business hub. The HKTDC organises international exhibitions, conferences and business missions to create business opportunities for companies, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), in the mainland and international markets. The HKTDC also provides up-to-date market insights and product information via trade publications, research reports and digital news channels. For more information, please visit: www.hktdc.com/aboutus. Follow us on Twitter @hktdc and LinkedIn

Corporate Communication Department
Joe Kainz
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Source: HKTDC

Topic: Trade Show or Conference
Sectors: Trade Shows, Daily Finance, Daily News
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