The HKSAR continues to play an active role in the international arena and
maintains close contact with its international partners.
In 2006, representatives of the HKSAR Government, as members of the PRC
delegation, took part in over 100 international conferences limited to states,
including those organised by the World Intellectual Property Organisation, the World
Health Organisation and the International Civil Aviation Organisation. The HKSAR
also took part in over 1 400 other inter-governmental conferences not limited to
states in the capacity of 'Hong Kong, China', including those organised by the World
Trade Organisation, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation and the World Customs
Hong Kong played host to a number of prominent international events,
including the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Telecom World 2006, the
first time the event was held outside Geneva where the ITU's headquarters is located.
In accordance with Article 151 of the Basic Law, the HKSAR concluded 20
agreements with foreign states in 2006 on matters such as customs cooperation,
postal cooperation, cultural cooperation, as well as public health cooperation. With
the authorisation of the Central People's Government, the HKSAR also concluded 10
bilateral agreements with foreign states on air services, mutual legal assistance,
readmission of persons, transfer of sentenced persons and surrender of fugitive
offenders matters in the year. In 2006, after seeking the views of the HKSAR
Government, the CPG decided that four multilateral conventions should be applied to
Active participation in international activities and close liaison with our
international partners has enabled the HKSAR to maintain its status as an
international financial, trade, civil aviation and shipping centre.
There is a large foreign representation in the HKSAR, including 57 consulates-general,
55 honorary consuls and five officially recognised international bodies.