Lam re­minds pro­fes­sion­als of HK’s many ad­van­tages CE stresses city thrives by mak­ing the most of ‘one coun­try, two sys­tems’

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA - By SHADOW LI in Hong Kong stushadow@chi­nadai­

Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Car­rie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor on Fri­day called on the city’s pro­fes­sion­als to con­tinue cap­i­tal­iz­ing on the unique ad­van­tages given by the “one coun­try, two sys­tems” prin­ci­ple, as Hong Kong is ex­pected to ex­tend co­op­er­a­tion with the main­land in the le­gal sec­tor.

Lam was speak­ing to le­gal pro­fes­sion­als from through­out the world on the first day of the two-day 2017 Col­lo­quium on In­ter­na­tional Law, themed “Com­mon Fu­ture in Asia”. She stressed that Hong Kong has thrived as a vi­brant in­ter­na­tional metropoli­tan cen­ter, by mak­ing the most of its unique ad­van­tages un­der “one coun­try, two sys­tems”.

The SAR’s suc­cess can also be at­trib­uted to up­hold­ing the rule of law, stressed Lam. Hong Kong has long en­joyed a very good rep­u­ta­tion in­ter­na­tion­ally over the rule of law, and in le­gal and dis­pute set­tle­ment ser­vices, Lam noted.

The city has at­tracted and will con­tinue to at­tract prom­i­nent in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions and ar­bi­tra­tion groups to set up their of­fices here. Renowned in­ter­na­tional ar­bi­tra­tion bod­ies, such as the In­ter­na­tional Court of Ar­bi­tra­tion of the In­ter­na­tional Cham­ber of Com­merce, have es­tab­lished Hong Kong branches, or cho­sen to con­duct ar­bi­tral hear­ings in Hong Kong, ex­plained Lam.

At the side­lines of the collo- quium, the city’s Asian Academy of In­ter­na­tional Law signed a me­moran­dum of un­der­stand­ing with the China-AALCO Ex­change and Re­search Pro­gram on In­ter­na­tional Law. This is a step for­ward in con­sol­i­dat­ing the city’s well-es­tab­lished le­gal ser­vices in the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive un­der “one coun­try, two sys­tems”.

Xu Hong, di­rec­tor-gen­eral of the Depart­ment of Treaty and Law of the Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs, said the pro­gram would pro­vide a plat­form for the city’s le­gal pro­fes­sion­als to fur­ther con­trib­ute in pro­mot­ing in­ter­na­tional law.

Xu said more sim­i­lar co­op­er­a­tion moves would come nat­u­rally in fu­ture, adding that the first train­ing ses­sion of this pro­gram would start in Septem­ber.

Former chief ex­ec­u­tive and Vice-Chair­man of the Na­tional Com­mit­tee of the Chi­nese Peo­ple’s Po­lit­i­cal Con­sul­ta­tive Con­fer­ence Tung Chee-hwa, also at­tend­ing the fo­rum, ar­tic­u­lated a way for­ward for the city’s pro­fes­sion­als — en­cour­ag­ing them to do well in the in­ter­na­tional arena.

At the event, former di­rec­tor-gen­eral of the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion Mar­garet Chan Fung Fu-chun said she was a good ex­am­ple of how “one coun­try, two sys­tems” has ben­e­fited the city’s pro­fes­sion­als, let­ting them step on to the in­ter­na­tional stage.

Born and trained in Hong Kong, Chan was nom­i­nated by China to be the chief of the world’s top health body in 2006.

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