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Taichung City delegation visits HK this week on inter-city exchanges(with Annex)

     At the invitation of the Hong Kong Government, the Mayor of Taichung City, Mr Jason Hu, will this week lead a delegation comprising high-level officials of the Taichung City government, representatives from the relevant industry and business sector to visit Hong Kong. They will participate in the "Hong Kong Taiwan Inter-City Forum" and visits and exchanges.

     A Government spokesman today (April 13) said that while in Hong Kong, Mayor Hu will make a courtesy call on the Chief Executive, Mr Donald Tsang. The Chief Secretary for Administration, Mr Henry Tang, and the Financial Secretary, Mr John C Tsang, will host lunch and dinner gatherings respectively in honour of Mayor Hu and his delegation.

     To start the programme, the Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs, Mr Stephen Lam, will meet Mayor Hu tomorrow (April 14) morning and brief him on Hong Kong's experience under the framework of Guangdong-Hong Kong cooperation.

     The "Hong Kong-Taiwan Inter-City Forum" will be held in the afternoon of April 15 at Grand Hyatt Hong Kong. Representatives from Hong Kong and Taichung City will discuss issues relating to tourism, as well as business and trade between Hong Kong and Taichung.

     Hong Kong officials attending the forum will include the Financial Secretary, Mr John C Tsang, the Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs, Mr Stephen Lam, and the Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, Mrs Rita Lau. Other speakers on Hong Kong side will include the Commissioner for Tourism, Miss Margaret Fong; the Director-General of Trade and Industry, Mr Joseph Lai; the Chairman of the Hong Kong Tourism Board, Mr James Tien; and the Executive Director of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, Mr Fred Lam.

     On the side of Taichung City, Mayor Hu will deliver a keynote speech. Other speakers will include Chairperson of the Taichung Tourist Hotel Association, Ms Hu Yu-sheng, and Vice Chairman of the Taiwan Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers' Association, Mr Jimmy Ou.

     "We hope that through organising forums with cities and counties in Taiwan, we can strengthen exchanges and interaction at the city level, thereby enhancing our cooperation and friendship," the spokesman said.

     On April 16, the delegation will take part in exchanges and visits organised respectively by the Tourism Commission, the Hong Kong Tourism Board, and the Hong Kong Airport Authority.

     The programme of the Forum is annexed.

Ends/Monday, April 13, 2009