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Chinese New Year Dinner in Singapore

February 21, 2024

The Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Singapore (Singapore ETO) welcomed guests to the Chinese New Year dinner at the Clifford Pier, a heritage site in Marina Bay to celebrate the Year of the Dragon.

In his welcome speech, our Director Mr Owin Fung re-affirmed Hong Kong’s commitment to free trade, unimpeded investment and rules-based multilateralism, noting collaboration was vital to the global economy, and over the years Hong Kong had thrived on free trade and investment, competitive tax regimes, and friendliness to businesses and talents.

He also took the opportunity to give an update on the latest sustainable developments in Hong Kong, highlighting that the city issued more than US$80 billion green and sustainable debt in 2022. Hong Kong was home to more than 200 authorised ESG funds, managing assets valued about US$160 billion in total as of end-September 2023, as well as over 200 green tech firms and 1,000 fintech firms. He was pleased to note that Hong Kong and Singapore are strengthening co-operation on green transformation, in areas ranging from research to green finance and green technology.

Calling on the guests to explore the magnificent side of Hong Kong’s natural beauty, in particular the Hong Kong United Nations, Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) Global Geopark, he added that Singapore ETO would continue to foster closer bilateral relations with the governments and business sectors of Singapore, Vietnam, Laos and India, while deepening economic ties with other ASEAN countries through a joint effort with two other ETOs in Bangkok and Jakarta.

The Chinese New Year dinner was attended by approximately 200 guests from the government and business sectors and the Hong Kong community in Singapore. Amidst laughter and music, the guests were treated to a dragon dance performance, a “Lo Hei” ceremony to herald a new year, coupled with another climax of the dinner, a melodious performance by Hong Kong veteran actress Liza Wang and Cantonese opera actor Law Ka-ying, and a video journey of Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark.

Watch the Event Highlight Video here.