Hong Kong, 9 Sep (ZXS) -- When attending the 13th "Belt and Road" Summit Forum on 13 September, Hong Kong Chief Executive Li Jiachao said that Hong Kong is a participant, contributor and beneficiary of the "Belt and Road" and firmly promotes the realization of the "Belt and Road" blueprint.

Jointly organised by the HKSAR Government and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), the 9th Belt and Road Forum has been held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre for two consecutive days since 13 September, with nearly 6000,100 participants, up to 10 delegations and high-level government representatives from at least <> countries from around the world.

Li Jiachao said in his speech that this year marks the 150th anniversary of the "Belt and Road" initiative, and more than 30 countries and more than 3000 international organizations have signed memorandums of cooperation with China, realizing more than 1,<> cooperation projects and nearly <> trillion US dollars of investment. This is also the first physical event held in Hong Kong since the pandemic, and Hong Kong has returned to the world stage.

Mr Lee said that the country has always supported Hong Kong's development, and Hong Kong has played an important role in the "Belt and Road", and under the advantages of "one country, two systems", Hong Kong is a channel connecting the mainland and the world. In the future, the HKSAR Government will continue to serve the various functional platforms of the Belt and Road and strengthen co-operation with countries under the Belt and Road in various fields, including trade and investment, innovation and technology and infrastructure development.

Li Jiachao mentioned that he led a delegation to visit the Middle East and ASEAN earlier and signed a number of memorandums of cooperation. It is confident that Hong Kong, with the support of the country, will strive to join the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), further promote exchanges between Hong Kong and countries in the region, and contribute to promoting economic cooperation among countries in the region. It is hoped that participants will learn more about China's development opportunities and Hong Kong's world-class financial services through participating in this forum. (End)