The Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, Mr Albert Yau, today (4 December) led a business delegation of enterprises from Belt and Road countries in Hong Kong to embark on a two-day study tour of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area in Shenzhen. With the theme of green development and innovation and technology, the delegation visited the headquarters of BYD in Shenzhen and the headquarters of Tencent Group today, and signed cooperation agreements with the Belt and Road Environmental Technology Exchange and Transfer Center (Shenzhen) respectively.

Yau Yinghua "sells advertisements" to enterprises in Hong Kong from his peers in the Belt and Road countries, pointing out that Hong Kong is not only a "super-connector" but also a "super value-added person", and that Hong Kong's professional services industry provides a wide range of services, and enterprises will benefit greatly from making good use of Hong Kong's world-class professional services.

He was accompanied by the Commissioner of the Belt and Road Initiative and the Director of the Introduction Office

According to the Commerce and Economic Development Bureau, the visit was the first time that the Hong Kong Government organised a business exchange programme for enterprises from Belt and Road countries in Hong Kong, and comprised 15 representatives from 20 enterprises from Belt and Road countries in Hong Kong, including Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam, covering industries such as investment, finance, tourism, construction, environmental protection, energy and infrastructure.

Also present were the Commissioner for the Belt and Road Initiative, Mr Albert Ho, the Director of the Office for Attracting Strategic Enterprises, Mr Yung Wai-hung, the Director of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Guangdong, Mr So Wai-sze, and representatives from the Independent Commission Against Corruption and Invest Hong Kong. According to the Bureau, the visit took the opportunity to combine the two important national development strategies of the Belt and Road Initiative and the development of the Greater Bay Area, to promote Hong Kong as a service base and assist enterprises to enter the mainland market, fully demonstrating Hong Kong's important role as a country to "bring in" and "go global" and connect with the outside world.

Yau Yinghua: Hong Kong is both a "super-connector" and a "super-value-added person"

With the theme of "Green Development" and "Innovation and Technology", Yau Ying-wah led a delegation to visit BYD's headquarters in the morning to learn about the company's latest developments in the fields of automobiles, rail transit, ternary lithium batteries and blade battery puncture test experiments, and to experience the three-dimensional intelligent transportation system "Yunba".

Afterwards, Mr Yau Ying-wah hosted a welcome luncheon for the delegation, in which he said that this year marks the 10th anniversary of the Belt and Road Initiative, and that Hong Kong is not only a "super-connector" but also a "super value-added person" for the Belt and Road Initiative. The luncheon set up an exchange and sharing session, which was presided over by He Lizhi.

In the afternoon, the delegation visited Tencent's headquarters to hear from the company's representatives on data technology transformation and financial solutions, artificial intelligence technology, as well as services and products in the fields of social media and video games, as well as application cases in Southeast Asia. Witnessed by Yau Yinghua and Ho Lizhi, the four companies signed cooperation agreements with the Centre, laying a good foundation for further cooperation in promoting green development in the future.

In the evening, the delegation attended a dinner with Wang Shourui, Vice Mayor of Shenzhen Municipal People's Government. Yau Ying-wah said that he hoped that the visit would accumulate more experience on the basis of the good cooperation with the Shenzhen Municipal Government, and help attract more different types of enterprises from Belt and Road countries in Hong Kong in the future to explore opportunities in the Greater Bay Area. After the delegation concludes its visit to Shenzhen tomorrow morning (5 July), it will be transferred to Guangzhou in the afternoon to continue its inspection.

Mr Lam Sai-hung, Chairman of the Hong Kong Maritime and Port Board and Secretary for Transport and Logistics, led representatives from the Maritime and Port Board, the Marine Department, Invest Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) to Shanghai today (4 October) to promote Hong Kong's maritime industry and high value-added maritime services to the local industry. Mr Lam and the delegation first met with representatives of the China Ports Association to exchange views on the development and strategy of the country's ports, followed by a dinner with representatives of the China Shipowners Association and financial leasing companies from Shanghai and Beijing to introduce the advantages of Hong Kong's shipping industry to local shipowners and financial enterprises, and invited them to set up and expand their business in Hong Kong.

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