Hong Kong is a unique world-class city that connects people and businesses from different corners of the world. The resilience of this international financial center is highlighted by The Economist's normalcy index tracking how the world is returning to pre-pandemic life. Hong Kong tops the index table and is the only economy that has achieved an index above 100.
Hong Kong strives to be a green city. We share the European Union's same goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050. We have a roadmap to encourage the take-up of electric cars. Hong Kong has issued USD3.5billion worth green bonds since 2019 and will issue about USD23billion worth green bonds in the next five years, placing her as a premier green bond centre in Asia.
In fact, Hong Kong has benefited from European green technologies in achieving sustainable development. Many waste management facilities in Hong Kong are built and operated by European companies. We welcome more European companies to establish strongholds in Hong Kong to explore green business opportunities, be it green financing, ESG investing or sustainable development solutions, in Greater China as well as Asia.
As the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region will be celebrating in 2022 her 25th Anniversary of establishment, our office will spare no efforts in introducing the different facets of this vibrant city to Europeans.
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Biography of Eddie Cheung
Mr Cheung joined the Hong Kong Government in 1993. Before taking up the post of Special Representative for Hong Kong Economic and Trade Affairs to the European Union in August 2019, he was the Deputy Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury responsible for policies related to the regulation and development of the insurance industry and the Mandatory Provident Fund system in Hong Kong.
Mr Cheung had served in different policy bureaux and government departments covering a wide range of areas including district administration, review of the social security system, banking and monetary affairs, IT in education, digital convergence and digital broadcasting, and trade and economic relations between Hong Kong and Canada.
Mr Cheung graduated from the University of Hong Kong with a B.A. (Hons) degree and an LL.M(IT and IP law) degree and London School of Economics with a Postgraduate Diploma in Economic Geography. He has also attended the Advanced Management Program of The Wharton School.