Antonello De Riu addressing the guests about the Consulate’s initiatives moving forward. (Photo credit: Alex Fok)
On 1 June, the Italian National Day was held up high on Hong Kong’s classic Central Plaza. Leading the celebration was Antonello De Riu, Consul General of Italy to Hong Kong, who kicked off the evening with a welcoming speech alongside Chief Secretary Matthew Cheung.
De Riu began by addressing the Consulate General’s upcoming initiatives including Bellissima Italia, The Arts Foundation and STARTIT.ASIA, captivating the audience through his progressive outlook. Cheung, the guest of honour, then took over and affirmed the strong ties between Hong Kong and Italy, adding the timely ranking of Hong Kong as the most competitive economy globally by the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) based in Switzerland. He also noted the 20th anniversary of the HKSAR coinciding with the 20th anniversary of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong.
The speeches were followed by an award ceremony to celebrate three iconic Italian figures for their contribution in promoting Italian culture and presence in Hong Kong; James Cameron Suckling, the most prominent figure in the promotion of Italian wines in Asia, Fabio Brazzesco, head representative of Italian logistics Hong Kong’s based company INTERGLOBO, and Claudio de Bedin, a Hong Kong born lawyer.
Concluding the event, was the finest distribution of Italian cuisine from a diverse range of regions in Italy, by top restaurants and wine importers from Italy and Hong Kong. The guests were exposed to the heart of Italian culture, cuisine, from the fresh pasta to the taste stimulating wine.
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