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About the talk:
It has been just over twenty years since the Hong Kong became a Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China. In that time, the city has continued to be economically dynamic, but faces social, economic, and political challenges. Commissioner Leung will present a retrospective of Hong Kong since 1997 and discuss recent events and developments, and the evolution of ties with Mainland China and the United States.
About the speaker:
Clement Leung was appointed on February 3, 2014 as Hong Kong Commissioner for Economic and Trade Affairs to the United States, the most senior representative of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government in North America.As Commissioner, he directs the Hong Kong Government’s efforts in promoting U.S.-Hong Kong economic and trade ties, and constituency-building activities in the United States. He also oversees the work of the three Hong Kong Economic and Trade Offices in Washington, D.C., New York and San Francisco.Mr. Leung joined the Hong Kong Administrative Service in 1987 and served in a number of senior government positions, with responsibilities covering district administration, telecommunications, internal security, higher education and public finance. Prior to this appointment, he was Director of Food and Environmental Hygiene from 2010 to 2014, responsible for food safety and the delivery of a wide range of municipal and public hygiene services.As Deputy Secretary of the Financial Services and the Treasury Bureau from 2007 to 2010, Mr. Leung was in charge of revenue and taxation policies, and investment in corporations. In that capacity, he was an Alternate Director on the Boards of the Hong Kong International Theme Park Ltd. (Hong Kong Disneyland), MTR Corporation Ltd. and the Hong Kong Airport Authority to represent the government’s interest as the sole/majority shareholder.While serving in the Trade and Industry Department as Deputy Director-General from 2003 to 2007, Mr. Leung’s portfolio covered bilateral trade relations with the United States and the Mainland of China. He took part in negotiating and concluding the Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement, Hong Kong’s free trade agreement with the Mainland of China.Mr. Leung is a graduate of the Chinese University of Hong Kong and holds a master’s degree in business management from Stanford University.