Hong Kong leader Leung Chun-ying says he will talk up city’s role at Beijing ‘Belt and Road’ summit

More than 1,000 delegates and leaders of 28 countries expected at meet-up over central government’s grand trade plan

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 13 May, 2017, 3:43pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 13 May, 2017, 3:57pm

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying said he planned to recommend Hong Kong’s economic strengths, and its readiness to contribute to the central government’s “Belt and Road Initiative”, to state leaders and businesspeople, as he left for a high-level summit in Beijing on Saturday morning.

Speaking at Hong Kong airport, the city leader said organisers had asked him to give a speech at the summit, to be held on Sunday and Monday.

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“I will introduce to the heads of states, ministers of foreign countries, chiefs of international organisations and enterprises the strengths of Hong Kong, telling them Hong Kong is very happy to facilitate exchanges with countries along the ‘Belt and Road’,” he said.

Leung is leading a 30-strong delegation to the summit on the ambitious trade strategy laid out by President Xi Jinping. His group will include eight senior officials and representatives from the financial sector, chambers of commerce and professional institutes.

They will rub shoulders with more than 1,000 delegates and state leaders of 28 countries.

Leung will deliver a speech on financial connectivity.

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The “Belt and Road” plan, announced in 2013, is aimed at boosting business via two large trade corridors: the land-based Silk Road economic belt in the north; and the maritime Silk Road in the south.

Apart from finance elites, Airport Authority and MTR Corporation chiefs will also attend the summit, Leung said, as new infrastructure investment opportunities were emerging from the grand plan.