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The Secretary for the Environment leads government delegation to Abu Dhabi and

The Secretary for the Environment, Transport and Works, Dr Sarah Liao, today (May 25) led an official delegation on a four-day visit to Abu Dhabi and Dubai to enhance the Bureau's understanding of the construction environment and business opportunities in the Middle East.

In recent years, the Middle East has become a new frontier for the local construction sector and stakeholders have expressed that there is a need to explore the market in the region.  The purpose of the visit is to establish networks with the local authorities and to exchange views on the government's set up for the planning and development, and the administration and implementation of projects.  

Furthering the spirit of "Mainland and Hong Kong Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement" (CEPA), the visit aims at creating a platform to assist the local construction industry to gain greater access to the Middle East market.  It will be an important milestone in forging ahead the long-term relationship in the co-operation of the construction industry with the Middle East region.

During the visit, Dr Liao and the other delegates will meet with government officials of the Abu Dhabi Municipality, Abu Dhabi Department of Planning and Economy, Dubai Municipality, and Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, and other organisations.

The delegation includes Permanent Secretary for the Environment, Transport and Works (Works), Mr Mak Chai-kwong; the Director of Civil Engineering and Development Department, Mr Chai Sung-veng; and the Director of Water Supplies, Mr Chan Chi-chiu.

Dr Liao and the delegation will return to Hong Kong on May 30.

Ends/Friday, May 25, 2007
Issued at HKT 16:00