Visit to Hong Kong of Mr Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, Minister of State attached to the French Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs [fr]
Mr Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, Minister of State attached to the French Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, will visit Hong Kong on 30 November 2018. He will meet with the Chief Executive of Hong Kong, and both of them will inaugurate the new campus of the French International School in Tseung Kwan O.
The French international school Victor Segalen of Hong Kong is the second French high school of Asia. With 2,722 students, it spreads across four campuses (Jardine’s Lookout, Blue Pool Road, Chai Wan and the new Tseung Kwan O). The new campus is an exceptional, innovative project which has placed sustainable development at the heart of its approach. The building meets the most demanding energy and environmental standards. The school carries out a policy of raising students’ awareness on the issues of preservation of the planet and the configuration of the premises enables to set up innovative methods for cross-language learning ("immersive bilingualism").
Mr Lemoyne will also have a meeting with the Secretary for Commerce and Economic development.
He will visit the Organic Resources Recovery Centre Phase 1 at Siu Ho Wan in Lantau. The facility, which has been constructed and will be operated by SUEZ, will treat daily 200 tonnes of food waste after its completion.
Following the delivery to Hong Kong of H175 Airbus helicopters during Chief Executive Carrie Lam’s visit to France in June this year, the Minister will also visit the Government Flying Service headquarters.
Others highlights of Mr Lemoyne’s visit to Hong Kong include meetings with the French citizens, a visit to the HKU-Pasteur Research Pole in order to deepen our health and research cooperation with Hong Kong and a closing speech at the French Tech Tour China 2018, to promote French attractiveness.
French exports to Hong Kong have doubled over the past 10 years, and Hong Kong accounts for France’s first trade surplus. France’s direct foreign investments in Hong Kong amount to €6,8 billion in 2017, and more than 800 French companies (including 373 branch offices and 92 regional headquarters) are located here.
France values its excellent bilateral relations with Hong Kong, which is home to one of the largest French communities in Asia with more than 14,000 citizens registered at the Consulate, and more than 160 bilateral agreements for student exchanges. Hong Kong and France are also strong partners in the fields of culture: French movies are currently being featured by the French Cinepanorama, the oldest film festival in Hong Kong (47th edition). The French May is the oldest French art festival in Asia with more than 1 million viewers and 150 events for each edition.
The Secretary of State’s visit follows visits by the former Minister for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition Nicolas Hulot in October 2017 and former Minister of State for Commerce Matthias Fekl in May 2016. Chief executive CY Leung and Chief executive Carrie Lam visited France, respectively in 2016 and in June 2018.
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