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Hong Kong Economic, Trade and Cultural Office commences operation in Taiwan

     Hong Kong Economic, Trade and Cultural Office (HKETCO) commenced operation in Taiwan today (December 19). The office seeks to promote the long-term development of closer economic and cultural relations between Hong Kong and Taiwan.

     The first Director of the HKETCO, Mr John Leung, said, "After months of full-swing preparations, I am pleased to announce that the HKETCO has begun operation today. We shall proactively liaise and establish connections with the economic, trade and cultural sectors, various authorities and relevant organisations in Taiwan.

     "The HKETCO will spare no effort in promoting Hong Kong-Taiwan economic relations in areas such as investments, financial services and business exchanges on the one hand, while enhancing cultural, education and tourism and other exchanges between the two places on the other. We will also help take forward and implement various co-operation initiatives agreed through the platform established between Hong Kong and Taiwan, namely by the 'Hong Kong-Taiwan Economic and Cultural Co-operation and Promotion Council' and the 'Taiwan-Hong Kong Economic and Cultural Co-operation Council', to support Hong Kong residents and businesses in Taiwan, encourage Taiwan businesses to invest in Hong Kong, facilitate Hong Kong businesses to appraise the local market, enhance exchanges between the cultural and creative industries of the two places and promote the image of Hong Kong.

     "To be able to operate as soon as possible, the HKETCO will initially operate from a business centre. We shall decide on the premises for the permanent office shortly," said Mr Leung.

     The temporary office of the HKETCO is located at Unit 3711, Level 37, Taipei 101 Tower, 7 Xinyi Road Section 5, Taipei, Taiwan. Enquiries can be sent by phone (886-2-8758-2973), fax (886-2-8758-2976) or e-mail (enquiry@hketco.hk).

Ends/Monday, December 19, 2011