New Austrian Consul General leads National Day celebration

(Photo provided by Austrian Consulate General; Credit: Jayne Russel)

Austria’s new envoy to Hong Kong Monika Müller-Fembeck has hailed the strong ties between the two economies as the consulate celebrated the Austrian National Day on Wednesday (25 October).

Müller-Fembeck, wearing traditional Austrian costume, also vowed to place the utmost priority on addressing the issues and concerns of Austrian citizens in Hong Kong. This came as the country celebrates the 62nd anniversary of Austria’s independence following 10 years of Allies occupation after the Second World War – for the first time under the leadership of new chancellor Sebastian Kurz, the world’s youngest leader.

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Financial Secretary Paul Chan Mo-po was the guest of honour of the night. While praising Austria for its startups and smart city development, Chan also made a shout out for the Vienna Boys Choir Music Academy Foundation to highlight the cultural exchanges between Hong Kong and Austria. Established in Hong Kong just a few years ago, the foundation is the prestigious choir’s first overseas representation, and the kids put on a marvelous performance by kicking off the reception with the Chinese, Austrian and EU anthems.

Among other notable guests were Secretary for Innovation and Technology Nicholas Yang as well as members of the diplomatic and Austrian communities in Hong Kong.



Alex Fok is a Harbour Times journalist monitoring Hong Kong’s daily political scene and diplomatic updates. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in Economics, Politics and International Studies from University of Warwick and his master’s degree in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is a former committee member of the Warwick-based Hong Kong Public Affairs and Social Service Society (WHKPASS) and was the chief editor of the society’s magazine – PASSTIMES.