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Hong Kong’s Paul Chan touts close ties with France, cheers on wine imports

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Hong Kong finance chief touts ties with France, noting 14 million bottles of imported wine as part of €9 billion worth of bilateral trade

Financial Secretary Paul Chan is leading a 130-member trade delegation to France on his first official visit to the countryChan was speaking at Trade Development Council’s promotional symposium in Paris, where he praised strong bilateral trade ties, which were valued at €9 billion last yearHong Kong economyOscar Liuin ParisPublished: 9:28am, 19 Sep, 2023Why you can trust SCMP

Hong Kong’s finance chief has raised a glass to business ties with France, pointing to the 14 million bottles of wine imported from the country as part of €9 billion (US$9.6 billion) worth of bilateral trade last year despite the pandemic.

Leading a 130-member trade delegation in his first official visit to France, Financial Secretary Paul Chan Mo-po on Tuesday assured business leaders and officials that the city was reconnected with the world and its economy had recovered from the pandemic.

“For Hong Kong and France, [and] for the global economy as a whole, it has been a challenging few years,” Chan said. “Even so, our relationship with France remains strong.”

He was speaking at the Trade Development Council’s flagship one-day symposium in Paris, “Think Business, Think Hong Kong”. The city last held a trade promotion event in France in 2014, almost a decade ago.

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