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First Hong Kong Day in Boston State House

Commissioner for Economic and Trade Affairs, USA Donald Tong (center) and HKETONY Director Anita Chan (second left) propose a toast with (from right) Rep. Tackey Chan, Rep. Donald H. Wong and HKAMA Chairman Johnny Ip at a reception for Hong Kong Day.

Hong Kong Economic Trade Office New York celebrated May 6 Hong Kong Day at the Massachusetts State House in Boston. Hong Kong Commissioner for Economic and Trade Affairs, USA Donald Tong and HKETONY Director Anita Chan were on hand to toast the economic, business and cultural ties between Hong Kong and Massachusetts.

They thanked State Representatives Tackey Chan and Donald H. Wong for co-hosting the inaugural event.

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick gives a citation to HKETONY to celebrate the office's 30th anniversary and recognize contributions the office has made to the trade partnership between the state and Hong Kong. State Representative Tackey Chan presents the citation on behalf of the Governor to Hong Kong Commissioner for Economic and Trade Affairs, USA Donald Tong.

“Hong Kong and Boston are both former colonial port cities that were built on commerce, industry and trade,” Ms. Chan stated. “Our histories and strategic positions have helped us forge a strong bond.”

Trade between Hong Kong and Massachusetts has risen dramatically over the past decade, with exports from Massachusetts to Hong Kong rising by 86%. This has made Hong Kong the 11th largest consumer worldwide of goods from Massachusetts. More than half of the Fortune 500 companies based in Massachusetts have offices in Hong Kong.

Mr. Tong wants to see these numbers continue to grow. “With an optimistic outlook of 1.5 percent to 3.5 percent real GDP growth this year, we believe that Hong Kong will continue to be an important export destination for Massachusetts,” the commissioner stated in his address to the State House in Boston.

 


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