“This biosecurity zone in the Conghua District of Guangzhou, together with the accompanying horse movement arrangements, will enable the Club to continue enhancing its world-class racing and sustain its position as Hong Kong’s single largest tax payer and one of the world’s top ten charity donors,” Dr Simon S O Ip, Chairman of the Hong Kong Jockey Club said.
“The Conghua project is another exemplary achievement of Hong Kong-Guangdong co-operation, which in due course, will take on a more ambitious vision through the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Bay Area development… the EDFZ and the Conghua Training Centre would augur well for the long term plan of developing equestrian sport in the Bay Area,” Mrs Carrie Lam, Chief Executive of the Hong Kong SAR said at the opening ceremony.
Under the EDFZ, Hong Kong horses will have the same health status whether they are stabled and trained in Sha Tin or at the Club’s world-class Conghua Training Centre, due to open in August 2018. They can travel between both locations and race in Hong Kong, including against overseas horses in international races.
“None of this would have been possible without the strong and close bonds between Hong Kong and the motherland, which we are celebrating in this 20th anniversary year of the Hong Kong SAR,” Dr Ip said. “In particular I would like to thank the Ministry of Agriculture; the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine; the Guangdong Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau; the Department of Agriculture of Guangdong Province; as well as the Food and Health Bureau, and the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department of the Hong Kong SAR.”
The ICEDFZ brings together delegates from Hong Kong, the Chinese Mainland and other experts in horse movements from 18 countries and regions. Speakers include Mr Li Yuanping, Vice Minister of the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine, the People’s Republic of China, and Mr Ye Anping, Vice Director-General of International Cooperation Office/ HK-Macao Office, Ministry of Agriculture, the People’s Republic of China.