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Hong Kong-Taipei inter-city forum (7.6.2013)

About 200 officials, experts, academics and stakeholders from Hong Kong and Taiwan attended a Hong Kong-Taipei inter-city forum in Taipei on June 7 to explore the challenges brought about by urban development and solutions to them.

From left to right: Professor Jonathan Wong from the Department of Biology of the Hong Kong Baptist University; Mr John Leung, the Director of the Hong Kong Economic, Trade and Cultural Office; Mr Paul Chan, the Secretary for Development; Mr Wong Kam-sing, the Secretary for the Environment; Mr Raymond Tam, the Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs; Mr John C Tsang, the Financial Secretary; Dr Ting Ting-Yu; Deputy Mayor of Taipei; Ms Yuan Nai-chuan, the Chairperson of the Research, Development and Evaluation Commission of Taipei; Mr Wu Sheng-chung, the Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Protection of Taipei City; Dr Liu Wei-gong, the Commissioner of the Department of Cultural Affairs of Taipei City; Professor Ma Hsiao-kan from the Department of Mechanical Engineering of Taiwan University; Mr Chen Jung-ming, Director of Taipei City Public Transport Office; and Mr Luo Chi-cheng, moderator of the inter-city forum.

The Financial Secretary, Mr John C Tsang, in his capacity as the Honorary Chairperson of the Hong Kong-Taiwan Economic and Cultural Co-operation and Promotion Council, speaks at the opening ceremony of the inter-city forum.

The Secretary for the Environment, Mr Wong Kam-sing, delivers a speech on Hong Kong's blueprint for sustainable use of resources.

Mr Wong joins the panel discussion and shares with the forum participants the challenges and opportunities of waste management in Hong Kong.

The Secretary for Development, Mr Paul Chan, speaks on the revitalisation of historic buildings in Hong Kong.

Mr Chan joins the panel discussion on heritage conservation with the Commissioner of the Department of Cultural Affairs of Taipei City, Dr Liu Wei-gong.

The Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs, Mr Raymond Tam, speaks at the close of the inter-city forum. He said that the forum had turned a new page for exchange and co-operation between the two places. Looking to the future, he said he believes that exchanges between Hong Kong and Taipei City would be deeper and broader.

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