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Govt to enhance securities trading

It is a pleasure to be here with you today, especially after an accident that has reminded me of the importance of staying vigilant even in relatively peaceful times. Continuously enhancing competitiveness despite good business is also a theme I wish to harp on in today's speech.   Some of you may recall that I last spoke to you in November 2018. That was into the second year of my tenure, witnessing the celebration of the 40th anniversary of our nation's reform and opening up, and the consecutive opening of two major pieces of cross-boundary transport infrastructure - the Hong Kong section of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link and the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge. All seemed bright and well. And then we all have some frightening memories of what Hong Kong had gone through in the following two years. Few would disagree that it has been a very challenging period for Hong Kong, particularly with the riots in the latter half of 2019 during which some banks were

2nd trade webinar held

The second webinar on business development in Economic & Trade Co-operation Zones (ETCZs) located in Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states was held today.    The event was jointly organised by the Commerce & Economic Development Bureau's Belt & Road Office and the Commercial Office of the Economic Affairs Department of the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government (LOCPG) in the Hong Kong SAR.    The webinar sought to enhance Hong Kong enterprises' understanding about prevailing local investment policies, facilities and supporting services as well as preferential terms of the ETCZs to encourage them to make the most of the Belt & Road Initiative by capitalising on the zones.   Commissioner for Belt & Road Denis Yip and Economic Affairs Department Deputy Director-General and Commercial Office of the LOCPG in the Hong Kong SAR Head Liu Yajun spoke at the webinar. Around 400 people had registered to participate.    Mr Yip said that in November last year, 15 economies comprising China, the 10 ASEAN member states, Australia, Japan, Korea and New Zealand signed the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, the largest free trade agreement in the world covering about 30% of the world's total merchandise trade.    Against the global headwinds of protectionism, the pact's signing and implementation will facilitate economic integration in the region and provide a momentous drive to global economic recovery in the post-pandemic era, he added.    Mr Yip noted that the Hong Kong SAR Government has been seeking early accession to the partnership to further strengthen the economic and trade ties between Hong Kong and the participating economies, in particular the trade flows and co-operation with ASEAN.    The partnership will not only facilitate Hong Kong enterprises' investment and construction in the region, but also integrate, reshape and enhance the regional supply chain, opening up bigger and more stable markets for the trade, he said, adding that Hong Kong enterprises developing their businesses in relevant ETCZs will also benefit from the partnership.   Mr Yip also said the bureau and the Ministry of Commerce have been working closely on promoting Hong Kong's participation in the Belt & Road Initiative, adding that both parties plan to help Hong Kong and Mainland enterprises to go global together and visit the ETCZs after the pandemic subsides.
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