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Hong Kong signs MOU with Slovenia on co-operation in wine-related businesses

     The Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, Mr Gregory So, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Co-operation in Wine-related Businesses between Hong Kong and Slovenia with the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Food of the Republic of Slovenia, Mr Dejan Ĺ˝idan, in Slovenia yesterday (April 2, Slovenia time).

     The MOU will facilitate co-operation in wine-related trading and investment promotion, education and training, tourism and prevention of counterfeiting, etc.

     Mr So said, "Hong Kong is Asia's wine hub and a wine free-port. I look forward to Slovenia capitalising on Hong Kong's excellent business and logistics infrastructure, and showcasing its fine wine to wine professionals, trade and consumers across Asia. The Gala Dinner titled 'I Feel Slovenia' at last year's Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Fair featuring premium Slovenian wine is a good example of our collaboration".

     "In 2016, Hong Kong's wine import amounted to about HK$12 billion, representing an around sevenfold growth over that in the full year of 2007. In the same year, Hong Kong's wine re-export amounted to about HK$5.2 billion, representing an around eightfold growth over that in the full year of 2007."

     Since August 2008, Hong Kong has entered into similar wine co-operation agreements with Australia, Chile, France (and its Bordeaux and Burgundy regions), Germany, Hungary, Italy, New Zealand, Portugal, Romania, Spain and the United States (and its Oregon and Washington states).

     After the signing ceremony, Mr So, accompanied by officials of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food of the Republic of Slovenia, took the opportunity to visit a wine cellar to learn about its operation.

Ends/Monday, April 3, 2017
Issued at HKT 8:28