10 Nov 2006
HK talent offers new partnership opportunities for French companies
|Pictured with French Minister for Foreign Trade Mrs Christine LAGARDE, (fourth from left) and Chief Executive of the HKSAR Donald TSANG, (centre) are (left to right) HKTDC deputy executive director, Alan Wong; HK Special Representative to the European Communities, Duncan Pescod; Chairman of the French section, Mr. Charles-Henri Filippi; Secretary for Commerce, Industry and Technology, Joseph Wong; Chairman of the Hong Kong section, David Lie; Executive Director of Ubifrance, Mr. Louis-Michel Morris; Chairman of the HK-France Business Association, Mr. Jacques Pelletier.|
|group photo of attendees of the 2nd HK-France Business Partnership Plenary|
The 2nd session of the Hong Kong-France Business Partnership Plenary session was reciprocated in Paris on Wednesday 9th November. The meeting was held with the aim of identifying areas of cooperation between Hong Kong and France: sector-to-sector and business-to-business, and offers a valuable working platform to encourage closer economic cooperation between Hong Kong and France.
Hong Kong Chief Executive Donald Tsang delivered opening remarks at the Plenary and endorsed the Hong Kong-France Business Partnership.
Chairman of the Hong Kong section, David Lie, said that Hong Kong could offer a unique role for French companies as a springboard for the Chinese mainland market.
"China's 11th Five-Year Programme is opening up many new opportunities for overseas business. As the mainland further develops its service sectors, companies are looking for foreign expertise, technology and talent to develop their business," said Mr Lie.
"The trade relations between France and Hong Kong reflect the shared wish of the authorities to strengthen the ties between our two territories, particularly by encouraging partnership initiatives, and this business partnership currently uniting us contributes promote closer ties between our respective businesses," said French Minister for Foreign Trade, Mrs Christine Lagarde.
"Hong Kong has a special place in my heart, deeply Chinese yet culturally diverse and ready to embrace the world. It fascinates me as it fascinates my French fellow citizens, for its beauty, its ebullience and its capacity to overcome difficulties and to transform the trials of history into strengths for the future. With talent and imagination, your city has managed to achieve what even recently was considered a challenge, an asset for today and tomorrow," Mrs Lagarde added.
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