62nd Independence Day Reception

Israel's 62nd Independence Day


    It was a very different Israeli National Day reception in Hong Kong this year.

    Held on May 4 at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, the reception celebrating the 62nd Independence Day of the State of Israel was graced by the presence of two ministers from Israel, Dr. Yuval Steinitz, Minister of Finance, and Mr. Gilad Erdan, Minister of Environmental Protection .  They were leading an official delegation to inaugurate the Israeli Pavilion at World Expo 2010 in Shanghai. 
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    Ambassador Amikam Levy giving his speech with guest of honour the Hon Wong Yan Lung, Secretary for Justice

    The special guest was Mr. Gao Yu-chen, Deputy Commissioner of  the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China in the Hong Kong SAR. From the Hong Kong SAR Government were Mr. Wong Yan-lung, Secretary for Justice, the guest of honour, Mr. Tsang Yuk-sing, President of the Legislative Council, Dr. York Chow, Secretary for Food and Health, Mr. Tsang Tak-sing, Secretary for Home Affairs, Mr. Edward Yau, Secretary for the Environment, Mrs. Rita Lau, Secretary for Commerce & Economic Development, and Mr. Tony Nguyen, Director of Protocol.

    Other distinctive guests from Israel were Captain Ofer Aloni and Captain Zeev Ben Dor, senior captains of El Al Israel Airlines and former combat pilots of Israel Defence Forces.
    The hall was crowded with about 600 guests, including consuls-general, rabbis and leaders of the Hong Kong Jewish community, Chairman of Israeli Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, local business leaders and friends of Israel. 
    Ambassador Amikam Levy, Consul General of the State of Israel in Hong Kong and Macau, said in his speech that the secret of success of the State of Israel flourishing in the desert for  62 years was the human assets.  It is not only based on the Israeli people’s determination, faith and abilities, it also lies in the power to think outside the box.  “Creativity for us is a fundamental value,” he said. 
    He also highlighted the thriving relationship between Israel and Hong Kong and the potential co-operation in fields such as alternative energy, water technology, homeland security, environmental technologies and infrastructures. 
    Following the official ceremony, PercaDu, a world class Israeli percussion duo of Tomer Yariv and Adi Morag, performed for the guests, with a series of works by Piazzolla, Bach and Liszt, among others.