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San Francisco ETO celebrates Year of Tiger in Dallas and Los Angeles (English only) (with photos)

Following the spring reception in San Francisco, the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, San Francisco, celebrated the Year of the Tiger in Dallas, Texas, and Los Angeles, California, on March 10 and 11 (San Francisco time) respectively.

More than 200 distinguished guests, consuls general, senior government officials as well as business and community leaders attended the receptions.

Addressing the guests, the Hong Kong Commissioner for Economic and Trade Affairs, USA, Mr Donald Tong said that Hong Kong had an auspicious start to the year as the city was ranked the world's freest economy for the 16th consecutive year by The Heritage Foundation and The Wall Street Journal. The ranking is an acknowledgment of Hong Kong's prudent economic policies, adherence to the rule of law, and resolute commitment to free market principles, particularly during adverse economic times.

"Hong Kong remains the world's seventh largest stock market, enjoying a total market capitalisation of US$2.3 trillion at the end of last year. And we ranked first in the world in terms of IPO funds raised in 2009," Mr Tong said.

"Since last September, two Hong Kong banks have started issuing renminbi bonds in Hong Kong. As the only jurisdiction outside the Mainland of China with a renminbi bond market, we are also undertaking a pilot programme which allows select Mainland companies to settle cross-boundary trade with Hong Kong in renminbi," he added.

Mr Tong said that Hong Kong is also working with its neighbours in the Pan Pearl River Delta to develop a regional transport system which will integrate with Mainland China's high-speed rail link network. The enhanced infrastructure links will allow Hong Kong to fully capitalise on the Mainland's economic growth by facilitating the movement of goods and people.

In his official address at the reception, Director of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, San Francisco, Mr Jeff Leung said connectivity is a very important strength of Hong Kong. "With its global connectivity, Hong Kong is an international hub for financial services, trade, commerce, logistics services and tourism. Locally, Hong Kong is connected with an efficient transport network. Hong Kong people, with world-class communication networks, stay in touch with the world.

"This unique strength in connectivity will be highlighted in the Hong Kong exhibition at the World Expo 2010, which will take place in Shanghai this summer. We will take this excellent opportunity to promote Hong Kong as an inter-connected, modern and vibrant metropolis with high quality city life built on creativity and innovation," Mr Leung said.

A set of exhibition panels were also on display to show Hong Kong's connectivity on various respects.

Hong Kong is also well-connected with Texas and California. Among all US states, Texas and California are among the top exporters to Hong Kong. Hong Kong imported about US$5.8 billion and US$1.3 billion worth of goods from California and Texas respectively in 2009.

The receptions concluded the Chinese New Year celebrations hosted by the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, San Francisco, on the US west coast.