CE meets leaders of Chongqing

Chief Executive Carrie Lam met Secretary of the CPC Chongqing Municipal Committee Chen Min'er and Mayor of Chongqing Tang Liangzhi and attended a dinner hosted by them today.   The meeting followed her participation in the 2021 Pan-Pearl River Delta Regional Co-operation Chief Executive Joint Conference in Chengdu.   Mrs Lam said that when she met a delegation led by Mr Tang in Hong Kong in September 2018, both sides agreed to strengthen co-operation in areas including port logistics, innovation and technology and professional services, and that she had also expressed the hope of visiting Chongqing soon.   She stressed that she was pleased to have arrived in Chongqing and hoped the meeting would bolster collaboration between Hong Kong and Chongqing.   Mrs Lam indicated that Hong Kong has remained the largest source of external investment in Chongqing over the past few years and was one of its top three trading partners in the first half of 2021.   Apart from economic and trade activities, exchanges between the two places in such areas as culture and art and youth development are also frequent, she added.   The Chief Executive explained that despite the COVID-19 epidemic, Chongqing achieved positive economic growth last year that is higher than the national average and added that with the nation promoting the establishment of the Chengdu-Chongqing Economic Circle, Chongqing’s growth potential is highly anticipated.   Pointing out the double safeguards provided by the National Security Law and the improved electoral system in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Mrs Lam said that Hong Kong is better positioned to enhance collaboration with the Mainland and integrate with the development of the nation.   She emphasised that the Hong Kong SAR Government will help enterprises and businesspeople from Hong Kong to seize the opportunities arising from the development of Chongqing in the western regions of the country to boost their own development.   Noting that 2022 will be the 25th anniversary of both the return of Hong Kong to the motherland and Chongqing becoming a municipality directly under the central government, Mrs Lam said she hopes that the year will become an important milestone signifying a new level of relations between both places.

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