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Hong Kong's Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development the Hon Edward Yau Tang-wah will meet with members at the Chamber's ongoing "Town Hall Forum Series" on 30 October.

As one of Hong Kong's key officials overseeing the city's business environment, trade development, and our competitiveness, Mr Yau has worked tirelessly to ensure Hong Kong remains one of the world's best business hubs. In early September, he announced the conclusion of FTA negotiations with ASEAN. Once the FTA comes into effect, Hong Kong companies will have more opportunities and better access to the booming ASEAN economies.

Opportunities presented under the Belt and Road Initiative, together with the Greater Bay Area development, rarely come along. However, finding the right path along the trails into these new markets is not without challenges. We need to figure out what role can Hong Kong plan in these ambitions national development plans.We also need to make sure small and medium-sized enterprises are also given the opportunity to take advantage of the developments on our doorstep as well as further afield. Mr Yau will share his insights in this regard.

Join our closed-door Town Hall Forum to hear how the Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development plans to hone Hong Kong's economic competitiveness and help businesses capture the opportunities that seem to be surrounding us.

Speaker(s) Mr Yau assumed the post of the Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development on 1 July, 2017. His portfolio covers policy areas from trade, commerce to telecommunications and broadcasting, and from promotion of creative industries, intellectual property and consumer protection to boosting inward investment and tourism development.

Before taking up his current post, he was the Director of the Chief Executive's Office from 2012 to 2017, assisting the Chief Executive in formulating policies and setting policy goals and priorities. He was the Secretary for the Environment from 2007 to 2012, overseeing policies on environmental protection, energy, nature conservation and sustainable development.

Mr Yau started his civil service career as an Administrative Officer in 1981. During his long service as a civil servant, he held various positions, including Director of Information Services, Deputy Secretary for Education and Manpower, Deputy Director-General of Trade and Industry as well as Director-General of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Washington, DC, USA.

Mr Yau graduated from the University of Hong Kong. He received further education at Oxford University and at Harvard University.
Language English
Date and Time 2017/10/30 16:30 to 18:00
Venue Chamber Theatre, 22/F United Centre
Media Closed to media
Enquiries Lafee Lo
Tel: 28231250
Fee Members @ HK$160
+$50 for booking offline
Members Only
This event accepts Chamber Coupon (terms and conditions)
Members enjoy 30% discount with BOC HKGCC VISA Card
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