First Hong Kong Day Celebrated in Massachusetts State House

By David Li,

Boston, May 6, 2013, — The Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office(HKETO) in New York hosted the First Hong Kong Day at the historic Massachusetts State House in Boston today as part of its 30th anniversary programs. Representatives Tackey Chan and Donald H. Wong co-hosted the event which was well attended by over 300 guests in the Great Hall under the golden dome.
Tackey Chan (left) presents Commissioner Tong a citation from Gov. Patrick. (photo by Hao Wang)

Gov. Deval Patrick gave a citation recognizing the 30th anniversary and in appreciation of the contributions the office made to the partnership between Hong Kong and the state over the years. Gov. Patrick declared May 2013 as Asian Pacific Heritage Month of Massachusetts in an event at Quincy School in Boston Chinatown on May 1.

Speaking at the reception, HKETO New York Director Miss Anita Chan said trade between Hong Kong and Massachusetts had risen dramatically over the last decade with exports from Massachusetts to Hong Kong rising by 86%. This made Hong Kong the 11th largest consumer worldwide of goods from Massachusetts.

Hong Kong Commissioner for Economic and Trade Affairs for the USA, Mr. Donald Tong said he wanted to see these numbers continue to grow. “With an optimistic outlook of 1.5 percent to 3.5 percent real GDP growth this year, we believe that Hong Kong will continue to be an important export destination for Massachusetts,” the Commissioner said in his address.

On the recent Boston marathon attacks, Commissioner Tong sent his condolences to the victims and their families. “We share your prayers for the recovery of those grievously injured. The last few weeks have demonstrated the tenacity and resilience of your community,” he added.

Earlier in the day, Commissioner Tong and Director Chan also met with the Speaker of the House Robert A. DeLeo and exchanged views on the latest developments of both places. The celebration of Hong Kong Day at Massachusetts State House underlines Hong Kong’s status as Asia’s world-class city.