Vice President meets Chief Executive in Hainan

The Vice President, Mr Zeng Qinghong, met with the Chief Executive, Mr Edmund Ho Hau Wah in Hainan this morning, and expressed his interest when briefed on the latest developments in Macao. Mr Zeng also said he was pleased that the Macao Government and the business delegation was actively participating in the Boao conference, and at similar conferences in the past years. Mr Ho, who is leading an official delegation to Hainan to attend the BFA Annual Conference 2006 tomorrow, gave Mr Zeng an update on the general situation in Macao. Mr Ho said though the overall development of Macao was desirable, various issues might occur during the process. The government would have to overcome these challenges and to execute policies according to the instructions of the Central Government, he said. Mr Zeng heard the report by Mr Ho and said he agreed on the work and the concept of adequate diversification of Macao’s economy. Mr Ho also expressed his heartfelt appreciation towards the Central Government for having included Macao in “The 11th National Five-year Plan”. Also present at today’s meeting were the Vice Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, and the Director of the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Council, Mr Liao Hui; the Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Wu Dawei; the Deputy Director of the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Council, Mr Zhang Xiaoming; the Secretary for Economy and Finance, Mr Francis Tam Pak Yuen; and the Chief-of-Office of the Office of the Chief Executive, Mr Ho Veng On. Mr Zeng will meet with Mr Ho and the visiting business delegation in the evening. The BFA Annual Conference 2006, with the theme of "New Opportunities of Asia: Driving Growth to the Next Level," will be held between April 21 and 23. This is the fourth year of the BFA. The first BFA annual conference was held in April 2002.

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