Hong Kong Returns to Basel Show

It's official. Hong Kong will return to Switzerland's BaselWorld trade show, as reported in July by JCK. The Swiss government also has apologized for banning Hong Kong exhibitors this year from the show. Officials of the Swiss and Hong Kong governments, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), and fair organizer MCH Basel Exhibition Ltd. took part in a high-profile public signing ceremony in Hong Kong on Sept. 3. The new six-year agreement represents "a new partnership between HKTDC and BaselWorld and secures Hong Kong's participation for years to come on far more favorable terms," said Frederick Lam, HKTDC deputy executive director. In April 2003, Hong Kong's exhibitors—312 companies, the largest foreign delegation in the Basel show—were barred by the Swiss government from doing business at BaselWorld. The ban was aimed at preventing the possible spread of the SARS virus

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