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Officials celebrate closer ties with Massachusetts

Commissioner Clement Leung (center) with Massachusetts state reps. Tackey Chan (left) and Donald Wong after receiving the Governor's proclamation at the Massachusetts State House on June 13.

The Governor of Massachusetts proclaimed June 13, 2014, to be “Hong Kong Day” to recognize the importance of continued economic and trade ties between the regions, and to mark the first official Boston visit of the Hong Kong Commissioner for Economic and Trade Affairs, USA, Clement Leung.

In the proclamation signed by Gov. Deval Patrick, which was presented to Commissioner Leung during a “Hong Kong Day” reception in the Massachusetts State House on June 13, it was noted that deepening economic ties were witnessed by exports from Massachusetts to Hong Kong increasing by 150% over the past two years to US$1.8 billion.

Hong Kong has become one of the major export destinations for Massachusetts, as exports to the city have more than tripled since 2009. Hong Kong rose rapidly to be the sixth-most popular international destination for Massachusetts exporters — up from 11th in 2012.

A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between Massachusetts and Hong Kong in January to further promote trade and economic cooperation.

About 200 guests, comprising legislators, their staffers and community leaders, attended the “Hong Kong Day” reception, which was co-hosted by Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office New York (HKETONY) and the Hong Kong Association of Massachusetts.

The reception formed part of a series of festive events of “Hong Kong Celebrates Massachusetts 2014,” organized by HKETONY in June.

The festive events began with the opening of the first “Enchanting New Cinema from Hong Kong” film festival in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston on June 12.

The opening-night film was “Unbeatable,” an award-winning Hong Kong film. The other five films, which were released in 2013, were screened at the museum until June 22. More than 130 guests from the business, cultural, academic and political sectors attended the pre-film-screening reception.

Other highlights of “Hong Kong Celebrates Massachusetts 2014” included the Hong Kong Ballet’s performance at the 82nd Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival season-opening gala in Becket on June 14 and the 35th Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in Boston on June 15.

During the visit to Boston, Commissioner Leung and Acting Director of HKETONY Paul Cheung called on the Speaker of the Massachusetts House, Robert DeLeo, and they were officially recognized at a formal meeting of the Massachusetts Senate. They also met with the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Office of International Trade and Investment, Richard Elam, and with board members of the Hong Kong Association of Massachusetts.

Mr. Leung also met with the Director of Economic and Global Affairs, Massachusetts Biotechnology Council, Peter Abair, to learn about the latest developments of life sciences and biotechnology in the state . He also met with the President of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, Paul Guzzi, and the Chairman of Mass Insight Global Partnerships, William Guenther, to exchange views on financial cooperation between Boston and Hong Kong. Mr. Leung also had a lunch meeting with a delegation of state legislators led by Ronald Mariano, Majority Leader of the Massachusetts House of Representatives. Furthermore, Mr. Leung spoke at the National U.S. Hong Kong Business Association Caucus.

Commissioner Clement Leung (fifth from left), flanked by Massachusett's state reps. Tackey Chan (sixth from left); Cory Atkins (fourth from left) and Donald Wong (third from left), at the "Hong Kong Celebrates Massachusetts 2014" launching reception in Boston. The toasting party also included (from left): Head of Investment Promotion in New York Kelly Jones; Officer-in-Charge, Americas of Hong Kong Trade Development Council Winchell Cheung; Acting Director of Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office New York Paul Cheung; President of the Hong Kong Association of Massachusetts Johnny Ip; Director of Institutional and International Relations at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Andrew Russell; and President of the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in Boston Peter Lew.


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