14 Aug 2003
HONG KONG WELL-PLACED AS INTERNATIONAL CENTRE FOR CHINESE MEDICINE AND HEALTH PRODUCTS
|VIPs officiated at the Opening Ceremony of ICMCM (From left to right) : President of the Modernised Chinese Medicine International Association Ltd(MCMIA), Dr Albert Wong, Deputy Director-General of PRC's State Food & Drug Administration, Mr Ren De Quan, TDC's Acting Executive Director, Mrs Anna Lai, HKSAR's Assistant Director of Health, Dr T. H. Leung and Chief Executive of MCMIA, Mr Harry Yeung.|
|A young lady in Yunnan traditional costumes promote delicacies to TDC's Acting Executive Director, Mrs Anna Lai.|
The event, co-organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council and the Modernised Chinese Medicine International Association Ltd, is being held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre from August 14 to 18.
Deputy Director-General of PRC's State Food & Drug Administration, Mr Ren De Quan said Chinese and Western medicine complemented each other, and that Hong Kong played a crucial role in the modernisation of Chinese medicine.
"Hong Kong is in a strong position to develop the Chinese medicine sector. It has a skilled workforce, available capital, advanced technology, and an unrivalled geographical location. On top of this, Hong Kong is a melting pot of Chinese and Western cultures," said Mr Ren.
Speaking at the same event, HKSAR's Assistant Director of Health, Dr T.H. Leung said the government was committed to developing Hong Kong into an international centre for research, training, information, manufacturing and trading of Chinese medicine.
"Regulating Chinese medicine allows us to harness its benefits, while safeguarding public health. Government will also support clinical research and enhance regional cooperation and collaboration between industry and government players," said Mr Leung.
ICMCM has attracted 90 exhibitors from Hong Kong, the Chinese mainland, Singapore, Taiwan and the U.S. They will showcase an extensive range of products including Chinese medicine, health products, scientific, medical and diagnostic instruments, machinery and packaging, and health-related information and services.
A large-scale conference will run alongside the trade event, drawing together experts from health-associated industries. Some informative sessions will be open to the general public from August 16 to 18.
Food Expo offers added attraction
Running alongside the ICMCM, Food Expo brings together 177 food manufacturers and suppliers from Hong Kong, the Chinese mainland, Korea, Canada, Australia and Taiwan. Many of the new food products on display this year focus on healthy living, locking in well with the Chinese health product event.
Ticketing arrangements for general public
The events are expected to attract considerable visitor numbers. To manage the flow of people, TDC has issued separate tickets for morning and afternoon sessions.
Holders of Morning Admission Tickets must enter the venue before 1pm. If one leaves before 3pm, one can obtain a free Night Admission* Ticket. Afternoon sessions are from 3pm onwards and every holder of an Afternoon Admission Ticket will receive a free Night Admission* Ticket upon purchase.
Visitors who leave the venue will have to purchase another ticket if they wish to re-enter. Visitors are advised to buy tickets, in advance, from designated outlets to reduce waiting time.
Call our ticketing hotline for more details: 1830670
A full programme, including cooking demonstrations, health talks hosted by local celebrities and games co-organised with Metro Showbiz, will bring entertainment to the Expo. The Hospital Authority is also providing health advice and a simple medical check-up service at the event.
*Night Admission Hours: August 15 to 17, 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
For press enquiries, please contact Katherine Chan of TDC's Corporate Communication and Marketing Department on 2584 4537.