Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, Brussels
The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administration Region
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Hong Kong News - Winter 2018-2019

INDEX (read the following stories in the attached document):


  • Chief Executive visits Belgium and France
  • World's longest bridge-cum-tunnel sea crossing (55km) connects Hong Kong, Zhuhai and Macao

Chief Executive's 2018 Annual Policy Address

  • Chief Executive unveils ambitious Lantau Tomorrow Vision to increase land supply in Hong Kong
  • Policy Address measures give further boost for Innovation and Technology


  • Seeking international talents – Hong Kong publishes its first Talent List
  • HKETO, Brussels reaches out to students, graduates and creative talents in Europe

Major Infrastructure Projects Completed

  • Mega Bridge opens
  • Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link starts rolling
  • First venue of West Kowloon Cultural District, the Xiqu Centre dedicated to Chinese opera, to open on 20 January 2019

Visits and Co-operation

  • Chief Executive's visit strengthened ties with the European Union, Belgium and France Hong Kong signed MOU with Bordeaux on co-operation in wine-related education and manpower training
  • Hong Kong Airport Authority and Aéroports de Paris signed two co-operation agreements
  • Financial Secretary forged closer co-operation with Ireland
  • Secretary for Labour and Welfare's visit to Ireland
  • First European-designed flower-themed garden in Hong Kong
  • Hong Kong's maritime delegation at Posidonia 2018
  • WTO Members commended Hong Kong, China for its free trade regime

Arts and Heritage

  • Tai Kwun – heritage building transformed into new arts landmark
  • The Murray – from government offices to luxury hotel


  • The Mainland and Hong Kong enhance their free trade agreement – zero tariff on all Hong Kong goods from 1 January 2019
  • Hong Kong is ideal hub for Fintech and Greater Bay Area offers huge opportunities, Dutch companies told
  • HKETO, Brussels reached out to entrepreneurs at three seminars in Italy
  • Events in The Hague to celebrate 40th anniversary of Netherlands Hong Kong Business Association
  • Business Forum in Galway, Ireland: CEPA - A smart way to do business with China through Hong Kong

Events Supported by HKETO, Brussels

  • Talented young oboist from Hong Kong shone at Rome Chamber Music Festival
  • Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festivals in Antwerp, Dublin and Barcelona
  • Oxfam Trailwalker – celebrating Hong Kong's 'can-do'; spirit in Belgium
  • Hong Kong showcased its street food culture at Lyon Street Food Festival
  • Hong Kong films promoted at five festivals, in Italy, Spain and Greece
  • Hong Kong artist's exhibition in Liège has been well received by the public

Upcoming Events

  • 'Legends of Lion Dance'; presents Hong Kong cultural heritage exhibition in Antwerp

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