No.2 February, 2010  
  FS unveils Budget measures to consolidate recovery and build a caring society

This year's Hong Kong Government Budget proposes a series of measures to consolidate its economic recovery from the global financial crisis, develop its economy and build a caring society.

In his Budget announced on February 24, the Financial Secretary, Mr John C Tsang, highlighted Hong Kong's strong rebound from the financial tsunami.
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  New Year celebrations begin with Australia's cutest gifts for Hong Kong

Guests at Hong Kong’s official Chinese New Year reception in Adelaide were delighted with an announcement by South Australian Premier Mike Rann that the state was gifting two koalas to the people of the Special Administrative Region.

The February 10 announcement was welcomed by the Director of the Hong Kong and Economic Trade Office, Ms Lorna Wong, who told guests the gift was a strong symbol of friendship.
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  More celebrations to welcome the Year of the Tiger

Hong Kong and Sydney enjoyed a shared bond as leading financial centres within the Asia Pacific Region, the Director of Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (HKETO), Ms Lorna Wong, said at the Chinese New Year Reception in Sydney (February 16).

Ms Wong welcomed the Australian Government's plans to promote the country as a regional financial centre. Australia's Minister for Financial Services, Mr Chris Bowen, outlined Australia's intention to build stronger relationships with well developed regional financial markets when he attended the Asian Financial Forum in Hong Kong in January.
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  HK-Mainland wine pact sealed

A new agreement will streamline procedures for wine imports into China, one of the world’s fastest emerging wine markets, from Hong Kong.

The agreement between customs authorities on both sides of the border will kick off as a pilot project in Shenzhen during the second quarter of 2010.
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