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Key collaborator

Key collaborator:  Chief Executive CY Leung (left) is briefed on the latest developments in innovation and technology research at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology.

Welcome mat

Welcome mat:  Chief Executive CY Leung (left) invites guests at a reception to experience Hong Kong's unique advantages.

CE promotes HK-Sweden collaboration

May 13, 2014

Hong Kong is always open to new ideas and opportunities and welcomes overseas collaboration, Chief Executive CY Leung said at a business dinner on the first day of his visit to Stockholm.


The Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office in London, Hong Kong Trade Development Council and Royal Sweden Hong Kong Business Council co-organised the dinner. In an address, Mr Leung said he hoped to learn more about Swedish innovation, creative and technology industries’ development and the opportunity for further collaboration with Hong Kong on his visit.


“Closer co-operation between us can achieve a win-win for both Sweden and Hong Kong,” he said.


He noted that Hong Kong provides a vibrant gateway for Swedish design and innovation to reach vast markets in the Mainland of China and across Asia; that the city has well developed technology infrastructure to support advanced research and innovation; and that it is a free and open economy that welcomes people and ideas from all corners of the globe.

Earlier, Mr Leung visited Karolinska Institutet, a world-class medical university and research institution in Sweden which has been working with the University of Hong Kong, the Chinese University and Polytechnic University in medical research and student exchange programmes.


Mr Leung also met the country’s Information Technology & Energy Minister Anna-Karin Hatt to discuss how the two places can work together in information and communications technology, environmental technology, and design and innovation.


In a meeting with Sweden’s Finance Minister Anders Borg and a luncheon with Swedish enterprises, he highlighted Hong Kong’s advantages and encouraged Swedish enterprises to invest in Hong Kong and make use of the city's global network to explore the market in the Mainland and across Asia.


Visiting the renowned KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Mr Leung took note of its efforts to promote technology transfer and close business-government collaboration in research programmes.