Blair to deliver HK summit speech

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 10 October, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 10 October, 2007, 12:00am

Former British prime minister Tony Blair will visit Hong Kong on November 5 as a guest of the General Chamber of Commerce.

He will be guest of honour at the annual Business Summit dinner, with the topic of his keynote address being 'global sustainable development and regional co-operation between business and government'. A question-and-answer session will follow his speech.

The event, at the Marriott hotel, includes a private pre-dinner VIP cocktail reception, Mr Blair's presentation, followed by dinner.

Mr Blair, now the Middle East envoy for the international quartet of the US, the European Union, the UN and Russia, is not expected to stay in Hong Kong for long.

Reflecting on the 10 years since the handover, he wrote in a commemorative book: 'Then, I saw both anticipation and trepidation about Hong Kong's future. Today, I see Hong Kong's continuing success.'

The chamber describes the event as 'an exclusive platform for Mr Blair to meet the business community'.

Mr Blair stepped down as prime minister in June.

He was in Hong Kong in 1997 for the handover.