A small, private luncheon dialogue between Mr Joseph Wong, Secretary for Commerce, Industry and Technology of the HKSAR, and corporate members of the SIIA saw a frank and lively exchange of views on economic relations between Hong Kong and Singapore, key areas for collaboration and partnership between businesses, and challenges facing Hong Kong on issues such as environmental pollution, minimum wage-setting and social security reform, and the widening gap between rich and poor.
Mr Wong, a veteran of WTO issues, also gave his views on the stalled Doha round and its impact on the East Asian region, particularly in the context of increasing bilateral and regional FTAs as alternatives to a multilateral system of standard-setting.
Mr Wong assumed his post in January 2006, and has an extensive portfolio that includes information technology, telecommunications, broadcasting and film services, innovation and technology, external commercial relations, industry and business support, intellectual property protection and inward investment promotion. He was in Singapore to meet with government counterparts and business leaders to discuss issues of mutual interest and concern to Hong Kong and Singapore.
Lunch was sponsored by the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (HKETO), and hosted by Ms Euleen Goh, Chairperson of International Enterprise Singapore, and adviser to the SIIA.