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Message From
The Honourable Tung Chee Hwa
Chief Executive of the
Hong Kong Special Administrative Region

I would like to extend my warmest congratulations on the establishment of the Hong Kong-Thailand Business Council.

Hong Kong and Thailand are close business allies. Last year, Thailand was our 11th largest trading partner in the world, with our bilateral trade totaling HK$42 billion. Under the giant forces of globalization, liberalization of international trade and China's accession to the WTO, our economic ties are bound to strengthen further.

China's entry into the WTO carries significant implications for Hong Kong and Thailand alike. The further opening up of the huge Mainland market has provided tremendous opportunities to Hong Kong enterprises. With our unique competitive advantages, including our geographical advantage, rule of law, efficient infrastructure and high quality workforce, and our closer economic integration with the Pearl River Delta Region, Hong Kong has also become an even more important business gateway to the Mainland. For Thailand enterprises, this is a golden opportunity for them to gain a foothold in the populous and attractive China market.

On the other hand, Thailand is strategically located at the heart of South East Asia and is playing an increasingly significant role in enhancing trade and economic cooperation in the region. As such, Thailand will continue to act as an important conduit for Hong Kong enterprises heading for South East Asia. Against this background, Hong Kong and Thailand enterprises are best placed to form partnerships to seize the market opportunities before them.

The establishment of the Hong Kong-Thailand Business Council is a timely initiative for the furtherance of the co-operation between our two places. I would like to commend those who have worked hard to bring this idea into fruition and wish the Council every success in the years to come.


Tung Chee Hwa
Chief Executive of the
Hong Kong Special Administrative Region



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