THE ARAB CHAMBER OF COMMERCE & INDUSTRY’S PRESIDENT LORD EDWIN E. HITTI EXTENDED CONGRATULATIONS FOR THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE COMMUNIST PARTY TO THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA, AND THE HONG KONG SAR FOR THE 1ST OF JULY ITS ESTABLISHMENT DAY

July 1, 2021

The Arab Chamber of Commerce & Industry extended its congratulations for the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China, or the Centennial of the Communist Party of China, which, has been the sole governing political party of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) since 1949.

As celebrations took place as scheduled on 1 July 2021 in Beijing. CCP General Secretary Xi Jinping, as the guest of honor, delivered a speech and presented the Order of July to CCP members who have made contributions, Premier Li Keqiang served as the official host of the event.

Similarly, Hong Kong marked the 24th anniversary of its handover to China, Hong Kong’ CE Carrie Lam, attended the traditional flag-raising ceremony, followed by the award of the Bohemia Medal ceremony. A spokesman for the HKSAR government said that the award recipients this year are from different walks of life with diverse backgrounds. They have made significant contributions to Hong Kong in different areas.

Four people received the Grand Bauhinia Medal, 15 people received the Gold Bauhinia Star, 22 the Silver Bauhinia Star and 40 the Bronze Bauhinia Star. Four people were awarded Medal for Bravery (Gold), including three late customs officers from the Customs and Excise Department of the HKSAR government. They died on duty during an anti-smuggling patrol operation in January. A number of police officers and medical staff members received medals and service awards.


THE ARAB CHAMBER OF COMMERCE & INDUSTRY IS PLEASED TO SHARE FROM THE OFFICE OF THE COMMISSIONER OF THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA IN THE HKSAR, THE CHINA STATE COUNCIL’S WHITE PAPER ON THE OF THE CPC IN RESPECTING AND PROTECTING HUMAN RIGHTS

June 25, 2021

For your information China’s State Council Information Office on Thursday issued a white paper on the practice of the Communist Party of China (CPC) in respecting and protecting human rights.

Full text: 

http://www.scio.gov.cn/zfbps/32832/Document/1707312/1707312.htm      

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https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202106/1227058.shtml     


THE ARAB CHAMBER OF COMMERCE & INDUSTRY’S PRESIDENT LORD EDWIN E. HITTI CONGRATULATES THE OFFICE OF THE COMMISSIONER OF THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA IN THE HKSAR ON THE APPOINTMENT OF MR LIU GUANGYUAN

May 25, 2021

Lord Edwin E. Hitti conveyed his/the ArabCham’s sincerest congratulations for Mr. Liu Guangyuan’s appointment as Commissioner of the “Office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the PRC in the HKSAR”, and seized this opportunity to wish Commissioner Xie Feng all the best on his new position in Beijing after holding the Hong Kong post since 2017.

Mr. Liu Guangyuan, previously served as:

1986-1987Diplomacy Training Program, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA)
1987-1988Staff Member, Department of African Affairs, MFA
1988-1989Staff Member, Chinese Embassy in the Republic of Ghana
1989-1994Attaché, Third Secretary, Chinese Embassy in the Federal Republic of Nigeria
1994-2000Third Secretary, Deputy Director, Director, Department of Personnel, MFA
2000-2002Deputy Consul-General, Chinese Consulate-General in San Francisco, the United States of America
2002-2007Deputy Director-General, Department of Personnel, MFA
2007-2010Minister, Chinese Embassy in the United States of America
2010-2014Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People’s Republic of China to the Republic of Kenya, Permanent Representative to UNEP, Permanent Representative to UN-Habitat
2014-2018Director-General, Department of External Security Affairs, MFA
2018-2021Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People’s Republic of China to the Republic of Poland

THE ARAB CHAMBER OF COMMERCE & INDUSTRY BRIEFED BY THE OFFICE OF THE COMMISSIONER OF THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA IN THE HKSAR ON THE DECISION TO IMPOVE HONG KONG’S ELECTORAL SYSTEM

March 15, 2021

On 8 March 2021, Mr. Yang Yirui, Acting Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China in the HKSAR, hosted a briefing on the improvement of the electoral system of the HKSAR for the consular corps in Hong Kong. Heads or representatives from consulates-general of 59 countries and the European Union Office to Hong Kong attended the event.

Yang pointed out that the loopholes in the electoral system of Hong Kong must be closed with the utmost urgency so as to fundamentally resolve the problems in Hong Kong. If the chaos in the elections were left unchecked and anti-China troublemakers allowed to worm their way into the governance structure and unscrupulously endanger national security and Hong Kong’s prosperity and stability, Hong Kong would be plunged into violent turbulence, its status as an international financial, shipping and trading center under threat, and the interests of the international community here in peril. The deliberation of the draft decision on improving the electoral system of the HKSAR at the fourth session of the 13th National People’s Congress (NPC) is to carry out the “patriots administering Hong Kong” principle and the original mission of “One Country, Two Systtems” in the electoral system of Hong Kong, and is legitimate, reasonable and necessary.

Yang said that the implementation of the “patriots administering Hong Kong” principle and the improvement of the electoral system of the HKSAR will help to stop destabilizing forces from obstructing Hong Kong’s development at the legislature, improve the relationship between the executive and legislative branches, and enhance the capacity and efficacy of governance. It will help to bridge differences and build consensus, channel resources into the top priority of boosting economy and improving people’s livelihood, and strengthen Hong Kong’s role as an international financial, trading and shipping center. It will help to develop a democratic electoral system suited to Hong Kong’s reality and reflecting the overall interests of the community, and ensure broad and balanced political participation of Hong Kong compatriots in accordance with the law. It will also help to dispel concerns among the international community about social unrest in Hong Kong, and provide international businesses with a more enabling environment featuring greater social tranquility, political stability and business predictability.

Yang emphasized that it is a common constitutional arrangement and political practice in unitary states that the central government determines local electoral systems. It is also a universal political principle that those who govern shall meet rigorous standards of patriotism in order to be eligible. The decision to improve the electoral system of the HKSAR made by the NPC, the highest organ of state power, is in line with the Constitution, the Basic Law and international norms and has solid political and legal foundation.

Yang pointed out that the allegations that villify the Central Government’s efforts to improve the electoral system of the HKSAR and predict doom and gloom for Hong Kong are nothing but alarmist rumors, which run counter to the intention of the Central Government’s decision and Hong Kong people’s will. The Central Government of China stays firmly committed to implementing the policies of “One Country, Two Systems” and “Hong Kong people administering Hong Kong” with a high degree of autonomy. The Chinese side hopes the consular corps in Hong Kong and the international community at large will abide by the principle of non-interference, a basic norm of international relations, fully and accurately understand “One Country, Two Systems”, view the Central Government’s improvement of the electoral system of the HKSAR in an objective and rational manner, and together work for a prosperous and stable Hong Kong.

In response to a question about China’s take on the remarks by a very few countries expressing “concerns” about the electoral reform and threatening with further actions, Yang pointed out that Hong Kong affairs are China’s internal affairs and are crucial to China’s core interests. China’s policies and measures on Hong Kong issues have gained understanding and support among the majority of the international community. Facts speak louder than words, and justice will always prevail. For instance, 70 countries made a joint statement and more than 20 other countries spoke separately at the 46th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in support of China’s stance on Hong Kong. While a very few countries, driven by political motives and ideological bias, have made irresponsible remarks and even threats to meddle with the Central Government’s decision to improve Hong Kong’s electoral system, their attempts are doomed to be futile. Such interference will not reverse the historical trend of the restoration of stability in Hong Kong and enduring success of “One Country, Two Systems”, nor will it undermine China’s determination to fully and faithfully implement “One Country, Two Systems”. On the contrary, it will only further unite the Chinese people, including our Hong Kong compatriots, in an effort to safeguard national sovereignty, security and development interests. 


THE ARAB CHAMBER OF COMMERCE & INDUSTRY’S PRESIDENT LORD EDWIN E. HITTI CONSULTS THE COMMERCE & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT BUREAU OF THE HONG KONG SAR GOVERNMENT ON NEW ECONOMIC AND TRADE OFFICE IN DUBAI

December 2, 2020

Lord Edwin E. Hitti, President of The Arab Chamber of Commerce & Industry at the request of The Commerce and Economic Development Bureau, of the Government of Hong Kong SAR, consulted key officials, under the trend of globalisation, to establish a wide global network to expand new economic and trade ties, on the formation in Dubai, U.A.E. one of five new “Economic and Trade Offices’ (ETOs).

Lord Edwin conveyed sincere congratulations to the Office Director General Mr. Damian LEE; Deputy Director Mr. Alvin WONG; and by extension to the Bureau Head, the Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, Mr. Edward YAU Tang-wah, GBS, JP, on this initiative, and indicated that it is necessary to enhance Hong Kong’s representation and raise the SAR’s profile in the Middle East region.

With such initiative the HKSAR Government will strengthen ties with the Arab countries, in particular the GCC, with a view to encouraging local governments; companies; and individuals to make more use of Hong Kong’s financial services and use Hong Kong as a financial platform.

In addition, there are huge potentials in the Islamic financial market. Improving Hong Kong’s links with the Muslim communities will help promote the development of the Hong Kong Islamic banking sector.


THE ARAB CHAMBER OF COMMERCE & INDUSTRY CELEBRATES 15 YEARS OF AMBITIOUS UNDERTAKINGS, SUCCESSFUL RELATIONS, AND MONUMENTAL ACHIEVEMENTS AMID RECENT CHALENGING COVID-19 TIMES

November 17, 2020

The Arab Chamber of Commerce & Industry proudly celebrated its 15th year anniversary online due to the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown restrictions.

President Lord Edwin E. Hitti, congratulated all members and friends on their remarkable journey, particularly the ArabCham U.N. Special Consultative Status, and ever increasing alliances and membership scores.

Wishing all good health and positive hopes for better days to come.


THE ARAB CHAMBER OF COMMERCE & INDUSTRY MEMBERS PROVIDE DIRECT SUPPORT TO THE BLAST AND ECONOMY RAVAGED LEBANESE POPULATION

November 13, 2020

In the wake-of the devastating Beirut Port explosion in Lebanon, affecting thousands of people and causing significant damage across the capital, The Arab Chamber of Commerce & Industry members have been providing life-saving contributions, in cooperation with The Moubadarat Wa Kararat Association NGO, making basic assistance to families based on their needs efficiently possible. The help included food parcels, hygiene kits, psychosocial support kits, shelters, and primary healthcare and medicine.


THE ARAB CHAMBER OF COMMERCE & INDUSTRY’S PRESIDENT LORD EDWIN E. HITTI EXTENDS CONGRATULATIONS FOR THE 71ST ANNIVERSARY OF THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA

October 1, 2020

On behalf of The Arab Chamber of Commerce & Industry and its members, Lord Edwin E. Hitti extended the warmest felicitations for ‘The 71st Anniversary of the Founding of The People’s Republic of China’, to Commissioner Xie Feng and members of the Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China in the Hong Kong SAR.

Lord Edwin E. Hitti also congratulated Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, GBM, GBS, of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China.

“Wishing all a Happy National Day! and sincere congratulation to the People, and Government of the People’s Republic of China, for the great achievements over the past 71 years.”


THE ARAB CHAMBER OF COMMERCE & INDUSTRY GLADLY SUPPORTED THE CONSIGG “WHEN LUXURY MEETS ART” EXHIBITION

August 31, 2020

The Arab Chamber of Commerce & Industry’s President, Lord Edwin E. Hitti, was pleased to attend  CONSIGG Art Advisory’s exclusive luxury showcase at the legendary Landmark Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Hong Kong.

Benjamin Sigg and The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong were excited to present this second luxury showcase with exclusive access to a host of luxury and elite brands. An unprecedented combination of art, antiques, collectibles, beauty products, bespoke apparel, and luxury goods, in a single showcase, despite the COVID-19 impediment, attracting a large number of celebrities and aficionados.

MACEY AND SONS exhibited a one-of-a-kind British sterling silver collection along with whisky investment talks & profiling sessions hosted by special whisky experts; AMOREPACIFIC, the eponymous luxury brand by Korea’s No. 1 beauty corporation, brought the power of precious AbsoluTea™ for artisanship of beauty, while Author of Perfumes GOUTAL, the authentic taled-inspired French perfume house, introduced a captivating multi-sensory fragrance experience.

ASIA YACHTING displayed a curated selection of bespoke materials and scale models of their prestigious yacht brands – Monte Carlo Yachts and Prestige Yachts.

DAVID YURMAN by David Yurman and his wife Sybil, the New York based jeweler company with signature cable pattern design, presented their exquisite high jewelry collections. Leading art advisory CONSIGG showcased fine contemporary art and STEP CREATION showed new works by Kongo and Hom Nguyen.


THE ARAB CHAMBER OF COMMERCE & INDUSTRY DELIGHTED TO BE MADE AWARE BY THE OFFICE OF THE COMMISSIONER OF THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA IN THE HKSAR, OF PRESIDENT XI JINPING’S THOUGHTS

August 28, 2020

 

The Department of Policy Research of The Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China in the Hong Kong SAR, shared with The Arab Chamber of Commerce & Industry, President Xi Jinping’s thoughts about the country’s new development pattern, which responds to grave and complex international and domestic circumstances.

China Foreign Affairs Liaison Office in Hong Kong

How will China shape its development strategy for new stage?

Xinhua | Updated: 2020-08-27 09:31

President Xi Jinping

BEIJING — China’s development is entering a new stage. This is the latest assessment made by Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, on the future prospects of the world’s second-largest economy as it prepares economic and social development plans for the next five years.

The next five-year plan, the 14th in a row, is now very much in the spotlight. The plan period (2021-2025) will mark the first five years of China’s new journey toward fully building a modern socialist country and marching toward the second centenary goal, according to Xi, who delivered his comments this week at a symposium with experts on economic and social work.

How will China navigate this new stage of development? What will China’s economic and social roadmap be in post-epidemic era? Here are some takeaways from the symposium.

FORWARD-LOOKING PLANNING

Drawn up every five years since 1953, the five-year plan is a major feature of China’s governance system, setting growth targets and defining economic and social development policies to ensure national strategies keep pace with the times.

At the symposium this week, Xi, reiterating that the world is undergoing profound changes unseen in a century, stressed the adoption of a long-term perspective, grasping the trend of the times and extensively pooling wisdom to study new circumstances and make new plans.

To reflect the forward-looking vision, when the Communist Party of China Central Committee meets in October to outline the 14th Five-Year Plan, a longer-term vision for 2035 will also be put up for discussion, envisioning a period during which the country’s socialist modernization is expected to be basically achieved.

Experience has shown that conducting mid- to long-term planning would allow the market to play a decisive role in the allocation of resources, while allowing the government to play a better role, Xi said at the symposium.

“The 14th Five-Year Plan will be a critical plan, drawn up at a critical time,” said Wang Changlin, president of the Academy of Macroeconomic Research of the National Development and Reform Commission, who attended the symposium.

China should be fully aware of both the increasingly complicated external environment and its distinctive advantages, staying strategically focused and preparing for a “protracted war,” said Wang.

AN OPEN DUAL CIRCULATION

First introduced in May this year, the new development pattern known as “dual circulation”, which takes the domestic market as the mainstay while letting domestic and foreign markets boost each other, has been placed high on the authorities’ agenda.

Describing the new pattern as a “strategic choice,” Xi said it is by no means a closed domestic loop, but an open dual circulation that involves both the domestic and foreign markets.

He also reaffirmed that opening-up is a fundamental national policy, noting that China will see its status continue to rise in the world economy, with closer ties, and the country will provide more extensive market opportunities for other countries.

Lu Ming, a professor with Shanghai Jiaotong University who was another speaker at the symposium, said Xi’s remarks have sent a clear signal dispelling concerns that China will shift its focus from opening-up to the domestic market.

Rather, Chinese policymakers are fully aware of the importance of further opening-up and are determined to follow the path of reform, he said.

The new development pattern, with the domestic market being the mainstay, is in line with China’s efforts to expand domestic demand in the past decade, according to Jia Kang, chief of the China Academy of New Supply-side Economics.

Taking the domestic market as the mainstay does not mean zero exports, but greater volatilities and uncertainties in foreign trade within an unstable international environment, said Jia, emphasizing that China’s status as the “world’s factory” will not be changed.

INNOVATION AS KEY

In pursuing the new development pattern, scientific and technological innovation, especially making breakthroughs in core technologies, is widely regarded as the key to shaping domestic circulation.

At the symposium, Xi underscored creating new growth momentum through scientific and technological innovation, vigorously enhancing the capability to conduct innovation independently, and achieving breakthroughs in key and core technologies as soon as possible.

To this end, he urged giving full scope to enterprises as the main actors in technological innovation, and vigorously cultivating and introducing world-class talent and scientific research teams.

Innovation-driven development on technological fronts perfectly fits the needs of creating the dual-circulation pattern with the domestic market as the mainstay, said Lu, who noted that development propelled by domestic demand will particularly boost the well-being of the Chinese people.

Echoing Xi’s call, Robin Li, chairman and CEO of China’s internet giant Baidu, pledged to share the company’s data and computing power with millions of developers and partners to push for an industrial upgrade.

“By being creative and helping them solve problems and encourage innovation, we can stimulate the vitality of the (company’s) ecological chain,” said Li.