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Chief Executive CY Leung’s speech at Paris luncheon

Following is an excerpt of the speech by the Chief Executive, Mr C Y Leung, at a luncheon with French businessmen hosted by Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, Brussels, and Hong Kong Trade Development Council in Paris on June 9, 2016:

Mr Moreau (President of the France-Hong Kong Association, Mr Bertrand Moreau), Mr Wong (Regional Director (Europe) of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, Mr Stephen Wong), Consul-General (Consul-General of France in Hong Kong and Macau, Mr Eric Berti), ladies and gentlemen,

Good afternoon. It is a great pleasure to be here, in Paris, with you today. This is my first official visit here, but I have been to Paris many times before, for business and for leisure. My first trip was some 42 years ago. To me, Paris is not unlike Hong Kong – a place of interesting contrasts. Grandiose yet intimate, timeless yet contemporary, French yet international.

My delegation members, I am sure, are equally fascinated by the multifaceted Paris. Our Secretary for Innovation and Technology, Nicholas Yang, is with us today. Also here are 19 Hong Kong engineering students, who are eager to learn all about Paris’ technology, inventions, arts, cuisine and sports – knowing, of course, the celebrated UEFA Euro will return to France for a record third time tomorrow night.

We, Hong Kong, see France as our long-standing friend. French presence in Hong Kong goes back more than 150 years. Today, more than 12 000 French nationals are living and working in Hong Kong, according to the Consulate’s register. They are joined by about 800 French companies, taking up just about every sector and industry, from banking and financial services to a wealth of retail and brand offerings.

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