FS BRIEFED ON SMART AIRPORTS

25-5-2024

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Financial Secretary Paul Chan called on Groupe ADP’s Innovation Hub, toured VivaTech 2024 and visited the Théâtre National de Chaillot during his trip to Paris, France.

Joined by Secretary for Innovation, Technology & Industry Prof Sun Dong and Under Secretary for Constitutional & Mainland Affairs Clement Woo, Mr Chan visited the Innovation Hub where he learnt about promoting the development of smart airports and low-carbon transformation, supporting the Paris Olympics, developing low-altitude aviation, and collaborating with aviation-related startups on innovation and technology.

As Groupe ADP manages Charles de Gaulle Airport as well as over 20 other airports worldwide, Hong Kong International Airport and its French counterpart could enhance knowledge and experience exchange in innovation and green initiatives, and foster further co-operation, Mr Chan pointed out.

The finance chief yesterday toured VivaTech 2024, Europe’s largest annual technology and startup event, where Hong Kong has for the first time, set up a pavilion featuring over 10 Hong Kong startups encompassing such fields as artificial intelligence, green technologies, fintech, medical technology and Internet of Things technology.

Mr Chan encouraged the participating Hong Kong enterprises to actively explore business opportunities, seek more exchanges and collaborations, and tell the good Hong Kong innovation stories to the world.

He also met VivaTech’s senior management to hear about their experience in organising a large-scale exhibition. Apart from scaling up Hong Kong’s participation in the event next year, he also invited the organiser to actively consider hosting related exhibitions and events in Hong Kong.

Yesterday, Mr Chan visited the Théâtre National de Chaillot and discussed with its director Rachid Ouramdane cultural and artistic co-operation.

Highlighting Hong Kong's blend of Chinese and Western cultures, he said the city could be a platform for international art to reach audiences in the Mainland and Asia, and encouraged the theatre to tour in Hong Kong to help promote deeper cross-regional cultural exchanges, as well as bring more diverse and international content to the city's mega events.

Meanwhile, Prof Sun was at Station F yesterday, a startup park in the centre of Paris, to learn about its operation mode and community network.

After completing his visit to Paris, the Financial Secretary will depart for San Francisco, the US, on May 27, while Prof Sun will arrive in Hong Kong tomorrow.




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