HKETO Berlin hosts Chinese New Year reception to Year of the Dog
Hong Kong (HKSAR) - The Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, Berlin (HKETO Berlin) is bringing to town Chinese festivities as the Year of the Dog has dawned.
On February 26 (Berlin time), HKETO Berlin held a traditional Chinese New Year reception in Berlin with more than 200 distinguished guests who listened with relish to an outstanding performance by Artemisia, a group of Hong Kong musicians playing traditional Chinese percussion instruments as well as guanzi, sheng, and zhongruan. The event was graced by the attendance of the Ambassador of the People's Republic of China to Germany, Mr Shi Mingde; the Special Representative for Hong Kong Economic and Trade Affairs to the European Union, Ms Shirley Lam; and several members of the German Bundestag (Federal Parliament).
In her welcome remarks, the Director of the HKETO Berlin, Ms Betty Ho, emphasised Hong Kong's role as Asia's brain bank and financial bridgehead with international outlook and connectivity. She said, "Hong Kong possesses an approachable and amicable character, opening our arms for friends from around the world.
We believe that stronger ties among countries and regions will not only facilitate economic growth and job creation, but also promote innovation through healthy competition, which will in turn be beneficial to the development of all parties involved."
Referring to the HKSAR Government's commitment to creating a favourable business environment and our aspiration for the development of innovation and technology, "various programmes under the banner of 'Industry 4.0' are being jointly pursued by Germany and Hong Kong. In particular, we will soon see the establishment of an innovation centre by the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology in Hong Kong this summer," Ms Ho added.
While Munich, Hamburg, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Warsaw and Berlin enjoyed the privilege to be among the first cities in Central and Eastern Europe where the HKETO Berlin celebrated with the government, business and cultural communities, more Chinese New Year receptions are still to come in Budapest, Vienna, Bratislava, Ljubljana, Prague, and Zurich in the weeks ahead.
About HKETO Berlin
HKETO Berlin is the official Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government representative in commercial relations and other economic and trade matters in Germany as well as Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, the Slovak Republic, Slovenia and Switzerland.
Published on: 2018-02-27
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