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Hong Kong Governor to visit Australia



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Μ 7 4 FEBRUARY 1994

HONG KONG GOVERNOR TO VISITAUSTRALIA

The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator Gareth Evans, announced today that the Governor of Hong Kong, Mr Christopher Patten, would visit Australia, 13-19 February, as a Guest of the Australian Government.

Mr Patten will meet key business leaders, tour high technology enterprises and deliver keynote addresses to the Australia-Asia Institute in Sydney, Monday 14 February, and to the Committee for the Economic Development of Asia (CEDA) in Melbourne, 19 February.

Calls will be made on the Prime Minister in Sydney and in Canberra on the Governor General, senior MPs and members of the Joint Parliamentary Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee and Senator Evans will host

a dinner for him on 15 February. Mr Patten will address Canberra's National Press Club on 16 February.

Senator Evans said the visit would build on the solid foundations of the enduring relationship between Australia and Hong Kong.

Australia has strong links with Hong Kong including mutually beneficial commercial ties. Australia has more investment in Hong Kong than in any other Asia economy except Japan. Last financial year, the value of two­ way trade increased by 23 per cent to more than A$2.5 billion.

Hong Kong is also an important regional base for Australian business interests. More than 300 Australian companies are based in Hong Kong and more than 1000 have representatives there. An estimated 20,000 Australians live in Hong Kong.

Mr Patten will be accompanied by his wife, Mrs Lavender Patten, who will be undertaking a separate program related to her special interest, family law.