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March 2014

[31.03.2014]
Expressions of interest invited for vacant school premises and greenfield sites for international school development
The Education Bureau of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region today (March 31) invited expressions of interest (EoI) for allocation of vacant school premises and greenfield sites for international school development.

[28.03.2014]
Hong Kong signed co-operation arrangement with New Zealand on development of Qualifications Frameworks
The Education Bureau (EDB) of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government and the New Zealand Qualifications Authority today (March 28) signed the Cooperation Arrangement on the Development of Qualifications Frameworks (QFs) in Wellington, New Zealand.

[26.03.2014]
Secretary for Education attends International Summit on Teaching Profession 2014 in New Zealand
The Secretary for Education (SED), Mr Eddie Ng Hak-kim, will today (March 26) lead a delegation from Hong Kong to attend the International Summit on the Teaching Profession 2014 in Wellington, New Zealand.

[21.03.2014]
Chief Executive meets Prime Minister of New Zealand
The Chief Executive, Mr C Y Leung, met the visiting Prime Minister of New Zealand, Mr John Key, at Government House this morning (March 21) to exchange views on issues of mutual concern.

[20.03.2014]
International IT Fest 2014 to showcase HK's strengths in information and communications technology
The Office of the Government Chief Information Officer, in collaboration with its technology partners and the local information and communications technology (ICT) industry, will stage International IT Fest 2014 from April 7 to 20. The International IT Fest, featuring a series of events to showcase Hong Kong's information technology (IT) development and achievements, aims at reinforcing Hong Kong's position as an ICT hub in the Asia-Pacific region.

[20.03.2014]
Speech by Financial Secretary at Joint Business Community Luncheon
Following is the speech delivered by the Financial Secretary, Mr John C Tsang, at the Joint Business Community Luncheon this afternoon (March 20):

[20.03.2014]
Hong Kong SAR Government firmly committed to further develop mediation services
The Department of Justice and the highest level of the current Administration are firmly committed to the further promotion and development of mediation services in Hong Kong, the Secretary for Justice, Mr Rimsky Yuen, SC, said today (March 20).

[19.03.2014]
Revisions in the Contractor Management Handbook (CMH), Development Bureau, Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
Following is a message from the Development Bureau, Government of the Hong Kong Special Adminstrative Region, for companies or trade associations interested in participating in Hong Kong's infrastructure projects

[11.03.2014]
International IT Fest 2014 to attract international ICT experts to Hong Kong this April
Practitioners of information and technology industry in Australia and New Zealand are invited to join the International IT Fest 2014 which will be held in Hong Kong between 7 and 20 April 2014.

February 2014

[28.02.2014]
New Companies Ordinance to take effect on March 3
The new Companies Ordinance (Cap. 622) and its subsidiary legislation (new CO) will commence operation on March 3, 2014, taking Hong Kong's company law regime into a new era.

[28.02.2014]
10 years and counting - a decade of offshore Renminbi business
It's been 10 years since offshore Renminbi business was launched in Hong Kong. On February 25, 2004, banks in Hong Kong became the first globally to be able to provide personal customers with offshore Renminbi banking services. Since then, the city has firmly established itself as the pioneer and focal point for developing new products and promoting the widespread use of the Mainland China currency around the world.

[27.02.2014]
Speech by Deputy Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury (Financial Services) at Asia Pacific Securities Market Leadership Forum 2014
Following is the speech by the Deputy Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury (Financial Services), Miss Salina Yan, at the Asia Pacific Securities Market Leadership Forum 2014 today (February 27):

[26.02.2014]
Financial Secretary targets competitiveness, livelihood issues in Budget
The Financial Secretary, Mr John C Tsang, today (February 26) unveiled his Budget with wide-ranging measures to boost Hong Kong's economy and sharpen the city's competitive edge. Mr Tsang also unveiled a $20 billion package of relief measures for various sectors of the community and outlined the Government's financial planning strategy amid an ageing population and shrinking workforce.

[26.02.2014]
Financial Secretary stresses need for long-term fiscal planning
The Financial Secretary, Mr John C Tsang, outlined the Government's long-term financial planning strategy in his Budget today (February 26). Mr Tsang proposed several measures to avert the risk of the Government incurring a structural deficit in the medium-to-long term in three main areas, namely containing expenditure growth, preserving the revenue base and saving for the future.

[20.02.2014]
Speech by Secretary for Justice at seminar on "Hong Kong - An International Hub for Legal & Arbitration Services" in Vietnam
Following is a speech by the Secretary for Justice, Mr Rimsky Yuen, SC, today (February 20) at a seminar on "Hong Kong - An International Hub for Legal & Arbitration Services" in Vietnam:

[11.02.2014]
Sydney leaders gather to celebrate Chinese New Year 2014
Over 500 leaders from across business, the arts, sports and politics celebrated Chinese New Year with the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (HKETO) on 10 February in Sydney to welcome the Year of the Horse.

[06.02.2014]
HKETO proud to support the 2014 Auckland Lantern Festival
For the seventh year in a row, the Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office (HKETO) is proud to support the Auckland Lantern Festival (14 - 16 February 2014). Visitors to Albert Park where the Festival is held will be greeted by a beautiful video Hong Kong Gateway with LED panels showcasing Hong Kong as a cosmopolitan city of great vitality and rich diversity.

[02.02.2014]
Sand painting video showcases Hong Kong's diversity
Racing into the Year of the Horse, the Information Services Department (ISD) has today (February 2) launched a new promotional video to showcase Hong Kong's characteristics as a fast-paced, lively and creative city.

January 2014

[24.01.2014]
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[23.01.2014]
Speech by the Chief Executive at Joint Business Community Luncheon 2014
Following is the speech by the Chief Executive, Mr C Y Leung, at the Joint Business Community Luncheon 2014 held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre today (January 23):

[22.01.2014]
Secretary for Education addresses Education World Forum
The Secretary for Education (SED), Mr Eddie Ng Hak-kim, yesterday (January 21, London time) addressed the Education World Forum in London, the United Kingdom (UK), introducing to education ministers from around the world the latest developments and future directions of Hong Kong in education.

[21.01.2014]
"Woman•Horse - Art Exhibition" by Nancy Ma
Australian Chinese artist Nancy Ma will present her new ceramic exhibition at Hong Kong House to welcome the Year of the Horse from this Saturday 25 January 2014.

[15.01.2014]
Policy Address initiatives to nurture the next generation
The Chief Executive, Mr C Y Leung, has today (January 15) in his Policy Address highlighted initiatives to foster a culture of multi-faceted excellence and help nurture young people through education, employment and whole-person development.

[15.01.2014]
Chief Executive lays out blueprint to tackle poverty, support the needy
The Chief Executive, Mr C Y Leung, in his annual Policy Address today (January 15) set out a comprehensive strategy to tackle poverty and support people in need. He said Hong Kong's first-ever official poverty line set last September would be updated annually to monitor the poverty situation and gauge the effectiveness of government policies.

[15.01.2014]
Unleashing Hong Kong's economic potential is key: Chief Executive
The Chief Executive, Mr C Y Leung, in his Policy Address today (January 15) said the Government would focus on promoting economic development as a foundation for overcoming challenges in society and unleashing Hong Kong's full potential.

[15.01.2014]
Chief Executive unveils major Policy Address initiatives to support the needy, youth and economic development
The Chief Executive, Mr C Y Leung, has today (January 15) unveiled major initiatives in his annual Policy Address to support those in need, nurture the next generation and underpin Hong Kong's economic future. Mr Leung's second Policy Address, under the theme "Support the Needy, Let Youth Flourish, Unleash Hong Kong's Potential", said this year's policy agenda included more than 160 new and over 430 ongoing initiatives.

[14.01.2014]
HK ranked world's freest economy for the 20th consecutive year
Hong Kong has been ranked the world's freest economy by the Heritage Foundation for the 20th consecutive year since the Index of Economic Freedom was first published in 1995.

[13.01.2014]
7th AFF focuses on Asian markets powering global growth
The 7th Asian Financial Forum (AFF) opened today (January 13), providing a high-level platform for influential members of the global financial community to discuss developments and trends in the dynamic markets of Asia.

[07.01.2014]
Consultation on establishing an effective resolution regime for financial institutions in Hong Kong launched
The Hong Kong Government and the financial regulators, namely the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, the Securities and Futures Commission and the Insurance Authority, today (January 7) launched the first stage of public consultation for three months on establishing an effective resolution regime for financial institutions, including financial market infrastructures, in Hong Kong.

December 2013

[19.12.2013]
Hong Kong Customs and Australian Customs co-host WCO Asia/Pacific Regional High-level Seminar on Customs Anti-drug Strategy
Hong Kong Customs and the World Customs Organization (WCO) Asia/Pacific Vice-Chair (Australian Customs and Border Protection Service) co-hosted the WCO Asia/Pacific Regional High-level Seminar on Customs Anti-drug Strategy between December 17 and 19 in Hong Kong.

[17.12.2013]
Unemployment Rate Remains at 3.3%
According to the latest labour force statistics (provisional figures for September - November 2013) released today by the Census and Statistics Department of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate stood at 3.3% in September - November 2013, same as that in August - October 2013. The underemployment rate decreased from 1.5% in August - October 2013 to 1.4% in September - November 2013.

[17.12.2013]
Hong Kong team achieves best ever results at International Junior Science Olympiad
A team of six Hong Kong secondary students has achieved the city's best ever results in the International Junior Science Olympiad (IJSO) since joining the competition in 2006. The team won the Best Practical Team (1st Place) Award and grabbed a total of five gold medals and four silver medals in the 10th IJSO.

[05.12.2013]
InvestHK announces 2013 StartmeupHK Venture Programme Grand Award winners
Three entrepreneurs from New Zealand, the US and Hong Kong today (December 5) were named champions of the 2013 StartmeupHK Venture Programme, the first global start-up contest designed and staged by Invest Hong Kong (InvestHK).

[04.12.2013]
Consultation Document on the Methods for Selecting the Chief Executive in 2017 and for Forming the Legislative Council in 2016 published
The Government today (December 4) published the "Consultation Document on the Methods for Selecting the Chief Executive in 2017 and for Forming the Legislative Council in 2016" to consult the public on the two electoral methods.

[03.12.2013]
International study shows Hong Kong students' reading, mathematical and scientific literacy continue to rank among the world's best
The Education Bureau (EDB) is pleased to note that Hong Kong students have performed very well and their achievements continue to be among the best, as revealed in the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) 2012 announced today (December 3).

November 2013

[25.11.2013]
"Hong Kong 2012" Yearbook iPad and Android Apps Ready for Download
The Information Services Department (ISD) of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government has today launched both iPad and Android applications for the latest yearbook, "Hong Kong 2012".

[25.11.2013]
Australian Skincare Company Anumi Expands with Branded Outlet in Hong Kong
Australian skincare company Anumi announced today the opening of its first branded outlet in Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong after a year of successful retail operations in partnership with major specialty stores in the city. The company plans to open its first Anumi Organic Experience Centre in Hong Kong in the middle of 2014.

[22.11.2013]
Hong Kong Passes Phase 2 Peer Review by Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes
Hong Kong Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury, Professor K C Chan, welcomed today the adoption of Hong Kong's Phase 2 peer review report by the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes (the Global Forum), signifying the successful completion of the Phase 2 review.

[18.11.2013]
Invest Hong Kong and Guangzhou Government promote mutual business advantages for New Zealand companies
Invest Hong Kong (InvestHK) and the Guangzhou Municipal People's Government co-organised for the first time a seminar in Auckland, New Zealand, today (November 18) to jointly promote their combined business advantages and how these can benefit New Zealand companies in their expansion into Hong Kong and Mainland China.

[07.11.2013]
Hong Kong's Foreign Currency Reserves at US$309.6 Billion
The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) announced today that the official foreign currency reserve assets of Hong Kong amounted to US$309.6 billion as at the end of October 2013, compared with US$303.5 billion at the end of September 2013.

October 2013

[21.10.2013]
New Colombo Plan facilitates Hong Kong and Australian student exchange
The Secretary for Education, Mr Eddie Ng Hak-kim, and the Australian Foreign Minister, Ms Julie Bishop, emphasised the importance of education links to strengthening the broader Hong Kong-Australia relationship at a meeting in Hong Kong on October 19.

[19.10.2013]
Chief Executive meets Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs
The Chief Executive, Mr C Y Leung, met the visiting Minister for Foreign Affairs of Australia, Ms Julie Bishop, at Government House this afternoon (October 19) to exchange views on the latest developments in Hong Kong and Australia.

[16.10.2013]
Education policy improvements set
The Government will refine existing education policies to nurture more talent for Hong Kong and boost its status as a regional education hub, the Education Bureau says.

[14.10.2013]
Hong Kong Artists Featured in New Sydney Exhibition
With the support of the Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office (HKETO), independent arts organiser Red Dose, will present their first major exhibition RED-VOLUTION, which will be on for three weeks from Thursday 24 October at Hong Kong House, 80 Druitt Street, Sydney.

[11.10.2013]
InvestHK Announces 2013 StartmeupHK Venture
Invest Hong Kong (InvestHK) is pleased to announce today the 12 finalists of its 2013 StartmeupHK Venture Programme. They include five ventures from the US, two each from India and Canada, and one each from New Zealand, Hong Kong and Israel. Their businesses range from opthamology solutions to biomedical data research and the recycling of oil-based waste for clean fuel.

[11.10.2013]
Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme
The Research Grants Council of Hong Kong will be launching the fifth round of Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme. The Scheme aims to attract top international research students to pursue PhD studies in Hong Kong's world-class research institutions.

[10.10.2013]
HKETO Sign on to Support Local Dragon Boat Club
The Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (HKETO) Sydney has signed an agreement to sponsor one of the most successful Dragon Boat clubs in Australia, The Sloths Dragon Boating Club (The Sloths), in its upcoming 2013-14 season. The Sloths is the biggest Premier Division Dragon Boat club in NSW and were the Australian representatives at the World Championships held in Hungary earlier this year. The agreement means HKETO will help bring the traditional Chinese practice to a wider audience.

[02.10.2013]
Mary Cheung's "Inspire" Charity Photography Exhibition 2013
Mary Cheung's "Inspire" Charity Photography Exhibition for World Vision Australia organized by Sameway Magazine will be held at Hong Kong House, 80 Druitt Street, Sydney NSW 2000 (Opposite QVB & Sydney Town Hall).

September 2013

[18.09.2013]
Hong Kong Remains World's Freest Economy
Hong Kong remains the world's freest economy according to the findings of the Economic Freedom of the World: 2013 Annual Report. The report is co-published by the Cato Institute, the Fraser Institute in Canada and more than 70 think tanks around the world.

[09.09.2013]
Schoolboys Rugby Sevens event celebrates Hong Kong and Australian relations
The inaugural Hong Kong NSW Schoolboys Sevens 2013 Championship officially ended yesterday where 16 schoolboy Rugby Sevens teams from all over NSW played in the Finals day play-offs at the Eastern Suburbs Rugby Club in Woollahra, Sydney, after months of lead up.

[06.09.2013]
Recruitment of Administrative Officers in 2013/14
Recruitment of Administrative Officers (AO) will start from 7 September until 30 September 2013.

[02.09.2013]
Hong Kong NSW Schoolboys Sevens 2013 Championship - this Sunday 8 September !
This Sunday (September 8) will be the inaugural Hong Kong NSW Schoolboys Sevens 2013 Championship! It's the culmination of many months' worth of games where the best of the best schoolboy Rugby Sevens teams will play against each other.

August 2013

[29.08.2013]
Almost 400 ventures from Hong Kong and overseas enter InvestHK's StartmeupHK Venture Programme
Invest Hong Kong (InvestHK) today (August 29) announced that its StartmeupHK Venture Programme 2013 has drawn an overwhelming response with 380 entries from entrepreneur-led businesses in 43 countries and cities worldwide.

[29.08.2013]
Supplement X to CEPA marks further step towards liberalisation of trade in services between Mainland and Hong Kong
The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government and the Central People's Government today (August 29) reached agreement on the enhancement of economic and trade co-operation of the two places under the framework of the Mainland and Hong Kong Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement (CEPA).

[19.08.2013]
Invitation for tenders for the Provision of Integrated Training Course for Government Flying Service Cadet Pilots
The Government Flying Service of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region is inviting tenders for the provision of Integrated Training Course for Commercial Pilot Licence (Aeroplanes) and Instrument Rating (Aeroplanes) for Government Flying Service Cadet Pilots.

[16.08.2013]
Second Quarter GDP Up 3.3%
The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government released today the Half-yearly Economic Report 2013, together with the preliminary figures on Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for the second quarter of 2013.

[06.08.2013]
Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development continues visit to New Zealand
The Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, Mr Gregory So, continued his visit to New Zealand today (August 6, Wellington time). He met a number of New Zealand's senior government officials in Wellington during the day and spoke at the opening reception of the Hong Kong Festival in the evening.

[05.08.2013]
Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development starts visit to New Zealand
The Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, Mr Gregory So, started his visit to New Zealand today (August 5, Auckland time) to promote closer business links between the two places. He addressed the Connect Hong Kong business seminar and the opening reception of the Hong Kong Festival in Auckland.

[02.08.2013]
Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development to visit New Zealand
The Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, Mr Gregory So, will leave Hong Kong in the evening of August 4 (Sunday) for a four-day duty visit to Auckland and Wellington, New Zealand, to promote closer ties between Hong Kong and New Zealand.

[02.08.2013]
Secretary for Education concludes official visit to Singapore and Melbourne
The Secretary for Education, Mr Eddie Ng Hak-kim, today (August 2) concluded his official visit to Melbourne, which followed his official visit to Singapore.

[01.08.2013]
Secretary for Education launches Hong Kong roving exhibition in Melbourne
The Secretary for Education (SED), Mr Eddie Ng Hak-kim, and the Chairman of the Education Commission, Dr Moses Cheng, today (August 1) launched a roving exhibition at the University of Melbourne to promote Hong Kong as a regional education hub.

July 2013

[23.07.2013]
Hong Kong and New South Wales Rugby Union: Schoolboys Rugby Agreement Signed
Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (HKETO) Sydney have signed an official agreement to sponsor the Hong Kong NSW Schoolboys Sevens 2013 Championship organised by the New South Wales Rugby Union (NSWRU). The agreement means HKETO and NSWRU will partner in the championship finals to be held on 8 September 2013 as well as the NSW schools rugby play-offs currently underway.

[18.07.2013]
Hong Kong supports Schoolboys Rugby Sevens
Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (HKETO) Sydney has announced sponsorship for this year’s Hong Kong NSW Schoolboys Sevens 2013 Championship organised by the NSW Rugby Union Development Team (NSWRU). This includes all the local NSW Regional Challenge Days which determine the teams that will play in the finals.

[09.07.2013]
InvestHK launches StartmeupHK Venture Programme to boost Hong Kong's position as world's most promising start-up hub
Invest Hong Kong (InvestHK) today (July 9) announced the launch of its StartmeupHK Venture Programme 2013 to attract local and overseas entrepreneur-led businesses to set up or expand in Hong Kong.

[01.07.2013]
Government seeks change, maintains stability - Chief Executive
Following is the translation of the speech by the Chief Executive, Mr C Y Leung, at the reception in celebration of the 16th anniversary of the establishment of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre this morning (July 1):

June 2013

[18.06.2013]
Hong Kong House to exhibit paintings from renowned Chinese art group (June 28 - July 11)
Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (HKETO) will host the opening of a Chinese painting exhibition featuring works by artists from the famed Cang Cheng Art Association and Studio in late June.

May 2013

[25.05.2013]
Data Centre Site for Sale by public tender
A one-hectare site at Tseung Kwan O will be offered for sale by public tender from 28 June to 4 October 2013 for the development of a high-tier data centre.

[10.05.2013]
First Quarter GDP Grows 2.8%
The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government released today the First Quarter Economic Report 2013, together with the preliminary figures on Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for the first quarter of 2013.

[09.05.2013]
Total exports up 11.3%
The volume of Hong Kong's re-exports of goods increased by 11.5% year-on-year in March, while that of domestic exports decreased by 0.2%, the Census & Statistics Department announced today.

April 2013

[22.04.2013]
Hong Kong and South Australia sign tourism pact
Hong Kong and the State of South Australia have signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Tourism Co-operation, under which eight koalas from South Australia’s Cleland Wildlife Park will be given to Ocean Park.

 

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