Secretary for Development to visit New York

At the invitation of the Skyscraper Museum in New York City (NYC), the Secretary for Development, Mrs Carrie Lam, will attend an international symposium examining the relationship between vertical density and sustainable solutions in Hong Kong and New York during her official visit to the city from October 16-18.

Mrs Lam will deliver an address at the plenary session of the symposium, which will feature a series of panel discussions and forums to be attended by building and planning professionals, academia, and developers from both NYC and Hong Kong.

The symposium was organised in conjunction with the "Vertical Cities: Hong Kong / New York" exhibition, which is being held in the Skyscraper Museum until February next year. The exhibition uses photographs, architectural drawings, maps, as well as large-scale models, to present Hong Kong's skyscrapers and high density development.

During the visit, Mrs Lam will take the opportunity to learn about the city's urban planning and heritage conservation by calling on city officials, including the Chair of the Landmarks Preservation Commission and the Director, NYC Department of City Planning.

She will visit a number of historic buildings and significant public open spaces in the city, including the Grand Central Terminal, New York Public Library, Madison Square Park, Bryant Park and Union Square Greenmarket.

During her stay in New York, Mrs Lam will also help promote the "New York Celebrates Hong Kong 2008 Festival" organised by the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in New York.  She will officiate at the lecture on "Asian Arts and Culture - A New Vision: Chinese Spirit, Global Design" and the performance of City Contemporary Dance Company.  

The festival promotes Hong Kong's creativity and economic vitality through a series of arts exhibits, opera and dance performances and educational symposiums.

Mrs Lam will return to Hong Kong on October 20.

Ends/Thursday, October 16, 2008
Issued at HKT 11:03