On 27 May, the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce and the Chilean, Mexican and Spanish chambers hosted a seminar to promote Hong Kong’s and China’s cooperation with Spanish-speaking countries under the One Belt One Road strategy.
Mario Ignacio Artaza, president of the Chilean Chamber of Commerce, noted the potential of Hong Kong service providers to play a greater role along the Belt and Road. He also raised a need for the territory to establish more direct links with Latin America rather than allowing trade relations to be processed through Washington, D.C.
Jose Bezanilla, President of the Mexican Chamber of Commerce, stated that historic ties should form the basis of future collaboration between Mexico and China, stressing Mexico’s advantages in terms of trade and tourism.
Other prominent speakers included Dr Tse Kwok-leung, Head of Policy and Economic Research at the Bank of China (Hong Kong); Dr Le Xia, Chief Economist for Asia at BBVA; and Carlos Casanova, Economist at BBVA.
Alexandros Raptis, a 22 years old international journalist based in the UK, was born in Greece and moved in Preston, UK when he was 18. There he graduated three years later with a B.A Hons. degree in International Journalism from the University of Central Lancashire. As part of his studies, Alexandros had the chance to travel around three different continents such as Europe, Africa and Asia and practise journalism in various locations including Guangdong Province in China, the Balkans, Greece, the UK, Spain, Israel as well as Hong Kong, Italy and other. Although his young age, Alexandros gained skills and experience useful to the media industry by working for a range of different mediums such as radio and television stations as well as magazines, both print and online. Additional experience was gained from spending three years next to top academics and award winning journalists reporting and learning the art of contemporary and traditional journalism.Alexandros has been reporting on issues such as human and animal rights, awareness raising for endangered species, freedom of speech, war, conflict zones, science and technology development, business, education, international affairs, travel, finance, entertainment and other. His motto is, “Your story is the world’s news and your thoughts their opinion.”
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