Financial Secretary Paul Chan to promote Hong Kong at economic cooperation conferences in France and the U.S.

Paul Chan

22nd May 2024 – (Hong Kong) Financial Secretary of Hong Kong, Mr Paul Chan, will embark on a visit to Paris, France, this evening to participate in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area and Europe (France) Economic and Trade Cooperation Conference. This conference, jointly organized by the People’s Government of Guangdong Province, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) Government, and the Macao SAR Government, aims to highlight the significant business opportunities arising from the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area for the European business community. Mr Chan will emphasize Hong Kong’s distinctive role and function as a “super connector” and “super value-adder.”

During his stay in France, Mr Chan will hold meetings with local political figures, business leaders, and representatives from the financial sectors. He will provide them with the latest updates on Hong Kong’s development and highlight the city’s business advantages and growth prospects. Additionally, Mr Chan plans to visit various enterprises in France to explore potential business collaborations and investment opportunities in Hong Kong.

Following his visit to France, Mr Chan will travel to San Francisco and Berkeley in California, United States, on 27th May. He will lead a delegation from the Hong Kong SAR Government, along with representatives from Guangdong Province and the Macao SAR, to participate in the Bay to Bay Dialogue between the California Bay Area and the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area on 29th May. Moreover, he will attend the US-China High-Level Event on Subnational Climate Action, scheduled for 29th and 30th May. The Hong Kong SAR delegation will include officials such as the Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, Mr Algernon Yau; the Secretary for Transport and Logistics, Mr Lam Sai-hung; the Under Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury, Mr Joseph Chan; the Commissioner for the Development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, Ms Maisie Chan; the Director-General of Investment Promotion, Ms Alpha Lau; and the Commissioner for Climate Change, Mr Wong Chuen-fai. Representatives from prominent organizations such as the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, the Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited, the Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation, Cyberport, the University of Hong Kong, and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology will also be part of the delegation.

During his time in the US, Mr Chan will attend a business luncheon co-organized by the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in San Francisco and the Bay Area Council, a San Francisco-based business association. The luncheon aims to update the local business community, as well as the innovation and technology sector, on the latest developments and business opportunities in Hong Kong. Furthermore, Mr Chan will engage in meetings with representatives from the local political and business circles and visit various enterprises to deepen ties and explore potential collaborations.

Mr Chan is scheduled to depart from San Francisco on 31st May and arrive in Hong Kong on the morning of 1st June. During his absence, Mr Michael Wong, the Deputy Financial Secretary, will assume the role of Acting Financial Secretary. Similarly, Dr Bernard Chan, the Under Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, will act as the Acting Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development during Mr Yau’s absence, while Mr Liu Chun-san, the Under Secretary for Transport and Logistics, will assume the role of Acting Secretary for Transport and Logistics in Mr Lam’s absence.