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Leung advances business ties during Chicago visit

Hong Kong Chief Executive C.Y. Leung meets with Mayor of Chicago Rahm Emanuel (left).

Chief Executive C.Y. Leung (left) chats with U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade Stefan Selig.

Chief Executive C.Y. Leung (right), meets with President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago Charles Evans.

Chief Executive C.Y. Leung meets with President of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs Ivo Daalder (left).

Mr. Leung (center) meets with members from the Hong Kong community and the National U.S. Hong Kong Business Association in Chicago on June 9.

Hong Kong Chief Executive C.Y. Leung promoted Hong Kong-U.S. business ties on his first official visit to Chicago in June.

Officiating at the annual “Think Asia, Think Hong Kong” (TATHK) symposium on June 10, the Chief Executive invited the business community to take advantage of Hong Kong’s “super-connector” capabilities between mainland China and the world. TATHK was organized by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council and attended by about 1,000 members of the business sector.

Noting that nearly 7,600 overseas and mainland Chinese companies have offices in Hong Kong, Mr. Leung said more than 1,300 U.S. companies call Hong Kong home.

“We are both China’s international financial center and the world’s China financial capital. More importantly, we serve as China’s launching pad for its financial reforms and as its gateway for the opening up of its financial markets. So we enjoy first-mover advantages, and we have first-hand knowledge and experience. We are pleased to share them with U.S. businesses and investors,” said Mr. Leung.

In Chicago, the Chief Executive called on Mayor Rahm Emanuel to discuss trade and economic relations between Chicago and Hong Kong.

Mr. Leung met with President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago Charles Evans to exchange views on the outlook of the global economy. Mr. Leung also held a meeting with President of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs Ivo Daalder. The Chief Executive also attended a tea reception with more than 100 members from the Hong Kong community and the National U.S.  Hong Kong Business Association.

On June 11, the Chief Executive met the president of the University of Chicago, Professor Robert J. Zimmer, and the dean of the university’s Booth School of Business, Professor Sunil Kumar, to exchange views on education development in both places. The prestigious Chicago Booth School of Business opened a campus in Hong Kong last year.

Mr. Leung then attended a luncheon with members of the Hong Kong-United States Business Council and board members of the World Business Chicago before concluding his inaugural trip to the Windy City.

Chief Executive C.Y. Leung delivers a speech in the opening session of the "Think Asia, Think Hong Kong" symposium.

 


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