Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor delivers a speech during the Belt and Road Summit at Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai, Sept 11, 2019. (PHOTO / HKSAR GOVERNMENT)
HONG KONG - Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor said the Special Administrative Region (SAR) was ready to take forward a series of capacity building programs in collaboration with relevant Chinese mainland ministries.
CE Carrie Lam said that Hong Kong had it all to "turn your Belt and Road plans into commercial ventures"
Lam pledged to embark on a program for interactive exchanges on the SAR's practices and experiences on a number of fronts, including finance, commerce, foreign-related legal matters and dispute resolution, as she spoke Wednesday at the fourth Belt and Road Summit organized by her government in collaboration with the Hong Kong Trade Development Council.
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Speaking as the SAR's economy experiences pressures from the US-China trade tensions and protracted violent protests, the CE said her government was "working hard to facilitate business-matching".
"The Hong Kong Trade Development Council's Belt and Road Portal can also help by providing comprehensive information on the Belt and Road, enabling business matching between overseas project owners and investors and professional services providers in Hong Kong," she said.
Noting how Hong Kong was a professional services hub with the city's expertise benchmarked against international standards and practices, Lam told participants that Hong Kong had it all to "turn your Belt and Road plans into commercial ventures".
The CE made a special emphasis on green finance as she said how the city was looking to promote Belt and Road projects that are both green and sustainable.
"Green finance, with an emphasis on sustainable development, is also an area in which Hong Kong can contribute as an international financial centre," Lam said.
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