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Speech by John C Tsang, JP Secretary for Commerce, Industry and Technology at the Hong Kong, China Reception on ITU TELECOM WORLD 2006
on 28 February 2005

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Good evening.

A warm welcome to you all. Since we are still in the first month of the Lunar New Year, I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a happy and prosperous new year. Rooster signifies vitality and strength. It is, therefore, most befitting for me to outline for you at the start of the Year of the Rooster the exciting prospects of Hong Kong, China hosting the ITU TELECOM WORLD 2006.

I can promise you that it will be an event with a difference.

First, it will take place at the doorstep of the most exciting developing market in the world. There will no doubt be a massive turnout of notable Mainland and international companies. We in Hong Kong will be playing our unique role as that principal gateway and platform for all concerned.

Second, to enable overseas and local companies to seize the opportunities of the Chinese market, we will be organising Business Facilitation Service before, during and after the event offering business matching service, seminars and visits to selected parts of the Mainland.

Third, with the convergence of technology, the Olympics of Telecommunications will be broadened even further to encompass information technology, digital entertainment, service and content provision via the ICT platform to demonstrate the vibrancy of the expanded value chain. Both the exhibits and discussions at the Forum will reflect updated and anticipated trends and issues.

Companies in Hong Kong must not miss this unprecedented opportunity taking place right here in our home city to network with your Mainland and overseas counterparts, and showcase your products and capability at the same time to the world in our brand new Asia World Expo at the airport. Small and medium sized companies can get together to set up Hong Kong pavilions to galvanise their strength. Tertiary institutions can tap into the discussions at the Forum to deliberate on key social and technological issues in the modern digital world.

The event will help buttress Hong Kong's position as the ICT capital of the region and the premiere events capital of the world.

Ladies and gentlemen, together in 2006, we will be proudly playing host to this exhilarating event. I count on your support to make it a tremendous success.

Thank you.