Chief Executive John Lee today said CPC Central Committee Hong Kong & Macao Work Office Director and State Council Hong Kong & Macao Affairs Office Director Xia Baolong held a meeting with about 40 representatives of local and foreign chambers of commerce to listen to their views.

The exchange between Mr Xia and the chamber representatives this afternoon lasted for more than 1.5 hours.

Speaking to the media after the meeting, Mr Lee said: “Chamber representatives commented on a wide range of subjects and issues such as the economic development of Hong Kong; integration with the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (GBA) and the development of China; access to the GBA; convenience to gain access to both the GBA market and the overall Mainland market; regional co-operation with Southeast Asian countries and Middle East countries; tourism; attraction of foreign investments and how to capitalise on the strengths of Hong Kong in areas such as education, I&T (innovation and technology), culture and using Hong Kong as the aviation hub.

“The study team attaches great importance to the status of Hong Kong as an international city and wants to hear the views of local and foreign chambers.”

The Chief Executive pointed out that the chambers and their members have been in Hong Kong for many years and are therefore, familiar with the city's economic situation and business environment as well as possess a good grasp of the global economy and its potential direction in the year.

He added that their experience, belief in Hong Kong and open exchange of views were appreciated by the study team.

Mr Lee stressed: “Hong Kong, let me be clear, will continue to serve as an international financial centre and global city. We will continue to leverage Hong Kong's 'one country, two systems' framework, enjoying the unwavering support of the motherland, while being closely connected to the world at large.”


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