16 Oct 2007
London Dinner Celebrates 10 Years of HKSAR
Annual Trade Development Council Event Largest Yet
October 16, 2007 - More than 400 business leaders and senior government officials from the United Kingdom and Hong Kong attended the Hong Kong Trade Development Council's (HKTDC's) annual London dinner, October 15.
This year's social event celebrated the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and was hosted by Jack So, Chairman of the HKTDC. The elegant evening drew the largest attendance in the history of the dinner, which was first held in 1983.
Hong Kong's Financial Secretary John Tsang was Hong Kong guest of honour. UK guests of honour were Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs the Rt Hon David Miliband MP, and Permanent Under Secretary of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Sir Peter Ricketts.
In his address, the Foreign Secretary said that Hong Kong and the UK share a commitment to partnership. He noted that many of the UK companies with a presence in Hong Kong were represented at the dinner, adding that 70 per cent of Hong Kong's European investment is with the UK. "That is a partnership not just of equals but a partnership of respect, and a partnership that speaks to a focus on the future as well as on the past," Mr Miliband added.
Evening entertainment included performances by renowned erhu player Teresa Wong and mask-change artist Anna Chau.
Guests attending the dinner included: Hugh Blackwood, Joint Group Chief Executive, Scott Wilson Group plc; Stephen Bradley, British Consul-General, Hong Kong; Sir David Brewer CMG, Vice Chairman, Marsh Ltd; the Rt Hon the Lord Derwent LVO DL, Deputy Chairman, Hutchison Whampoa (Europe) Ltd; Baroness Dunn DBE, Chairman, Hong Kong Association; Michael Grant, Chairman, Giftware Association; Stephen Green, Group Chairman, HSBC Holdings plc; the Rt Hon the Lord Heseltine CH, Chairman, Haymarket Media Group; James Hughes-Hallett, Chairman, John Swire & Sons Ltd; the Rt Hon David Miliband MP, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs; Alan Parker, Chairman, Brunswick Group LLP; the Rt Hon the Lord Patten of Barnes CH, Chancellor of the University of Oxford; Lord Paul of Marylebone, Chairman, Caparo Group plc; Sir Peter Ricketts KCMG, Permanent Under Secretary, Foreign & Commonwealth Office; Bonnie So; the Hon John C Tsang JP, Financial Secretary, Hong Kong SAR Government; Tsang Wong Lynn Wah; Lord Wilson of Tillyorn KT GCMG, Honourary President, Hong Kong Association.
The dinner marked the beginning of a week-long programme of events organised by the HKTDC in the UK. Hong Kong: Building Your Business in China seminars take place in London, Coventry and Bristol, October 16-18.
About the TDC
Established in 1966, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (TDC) is the international marketing arm for Hong Kong-based traders, manufacturers and service providers. With more than 40 offices worldwide, including 11 in the Chinese mainland, the TDC promotes Hong Kong as a platform for doing business with China and Asia. The TDC also organises trade fairs and business missions to connect companies with opportunities in Hong Kong and the mainland, while providing information via trade publications, research reports and online. For more information, visit www.tdctrade.com
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