Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, London

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Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, London
香港駐倫敦經濟貿易辦事處
Agency overview
Jurisdiction  United Kingdom
 Denmark
 Estonia
 Finland
 Latvia
 Lithuania
 Norway
 Russia
 Sweden
Headquarters 18 Bedford Square,
London WC1B 3JA,
United Kingdom
Agency executive
  • Priscilla To,
    Director-General
Parent agency Government of Hong Kong
Website Official website

The Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, London (Traditional Chinese: 香港駐倫敦經濟貿易辦事處 Pinyin: Xiānggǎng Zhù Lúndūn Jīngjì Màoyì Bànshì Chù) is Hong Kong's representation in the United Kingdom.[1] As a Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China, Hong Kong does not have an embassy.

The office is located at 18 Bedford Square in the City of Westminster in central London;[2][3] the building also houses the London office of the London Representative Office of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority. It was previously located at 6 Grafton Street.

Former office at 6 Grafton Street

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The current Director-General of the office is Priscilla To,[4] who reports to the Special Representative for Hong Kong Economic & Trade Affairs to the European Union, Brussels ETO.[5]

The Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office Act 1996 enacted by UK's Parliament[6] conferred a number of personal immunity and tax privileges on HKETO London. When Hong Kong was under British administration, the office was known as the Hong Kong Government Office and was headed by a Commissioner.[7][8]

Apart from the UK, HKETO London is also responsible for maintaining ties with Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Russia and Sweden.[9]

Other European countries fall within the purview of HKETO Brussels and Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, Berlin.

Directors-General[edit]

Past Directors-General include:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The London Diplomatic List" (PDF). 14 December 2013. Archived from the original (PDF) on 11 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "Contact Us." Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, London. Retrieved 21 January 2009.
  3. ^ "Libraries." City of Westminster. Retrieved 21 January 2009.
  4. ^ "Organisation of Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, London".
  5. ^ Item for Establishment Subcommittee of Finance Committee, Legislative Council, 3 May 2006
  6. ^ Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office Act 1996
  7. ^ Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office Bill, Hansard, 25 November 1996
  8. ^ LETTER: Hong Kong's road to democracy, The Independent, 23 August 1995
  9. ^ Our Responsibilities.
  10. ^ "Hong Kong Customs and Excise Department – Issue 6 (1999 June)". Customs.gov.hk. Retrieved 3 October 2014. 
  11. ^ "Mr John Tsang Chun-wah, GBM, JP, Financial Secretary". GovHK. Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government. September 2012. Retrieved 3 October 2014. 
  12. ^ "Mrs Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, GBS, JP, Chief Secretary for Administration". GovHK. Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government. May 2014. Retrieved 3 October 2014. 
  13. ^ Bun Tower adds Hong Kong excitement to London, 12 November 2006
  14. ^ New Director-General of Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, London, assumes office, 22 September 2010
  15. ^ New Director-General of Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, London, assumes office, 15 February 2013
  16. ^ New Director-General of Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, London, assumes office, 20 October 2015

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 51°30′35″N 0°08′37″W / 51.5098°N 0.1437°W / 51.5098; -0.1437