Chinese New Year reception in Brussels - 19 February 2010
Over 400 guests attended the Chinese New Year reception hosted by the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, the Belgium-Hong Kong Society and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council at the Concert Noble in Brussels on 19 February 2010.
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In her keynote speech, the Special Representative for Hong Kong Economic and Trade Affairs to the European Union, Miss Mary Chow, said that over the last two years the Hong Kong Government has taken a number of economic stimulus measures including speeding up infrastructure projects as well as creating and preserving job opportunities.
"The cultural and creative sector is one of them and an ambitious arts development project is well underway on a waterfront site in Kowloon. Covering over 40 hectares and including 15 arts facilities, the development is called the West Kowloon Cultural District and has the potential to become the cultural focus of the Pearl River Delta. The first phase of this project is scheduled to complete in 2014/15."
Other speakers at the event were the Chairman of the Belgium-Hong Kong Society, Mr Piet Steel, and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council's Director for the UK & Ireland, Mr David Marsden. Mr Marsden paid a tribute to Mr Georges Ammerlaan, the HKTDC's former Director for the Benelux, whose Amsterdam-based office has just closed following a redeployment of HKTDC resources. Mr Ammerlaan, who remains a board member of the Netherlands-Hong Kong Society, is presently engaged in the founding of the Hong Kong Chamber of Commerce in the Netherlands.