April 1 - 7, 2017

20th Anniversary

20A activities to foster social cohesion

Chief Secretary Matthew Cheung said the 20th Anniversary (of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region) was a major milestone that provided an opportunity to showcase the successful implementation of “one country, two systems” and to promote Hong Kong’s unique advantages. There will be more than 300 celebratory activities and festivities in Hong Kong and overseas. For details: http://www.hksar20.gov.hk/eng/index.html.

Business & Economy

Internet summit to be held April 10-12

The Internet Economy Summit will feature over 60 local and overseas industry leaders to share their insights on the global trends and opportunities in the Internet-driven economy. Part of the International IT Fest 2017, the summit will also feature forums on financial technologies, big data, smart city and e-commerce.

Intellectual Property

High awareness of IP protection

About 94% of the 1,005 respondents to an Intellectual Property Department survey consider it necessary to protect intellectual property rights in Hong Kong, while 90% are aware laws are in place to protect copyright, trademarks and patents. The survey also revealed that 77.3% of internet users agree it is morally wrong to download music, movies or TV shows online or from unauthorized websites, and are conscious it is an infringement of IP rights. It was a rise from the figure of 69.5% in 2014.

NYETO Events

Director on three-state visit

Director of Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, New York, Steve Barclay visited Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana April 4-6, meeting with state leaders, the business community as well as students. In Ohio, he spoke to students at Wright State University (Dayton) about job and study opportunities in Hong Kong and met with members of the Dayton Development Coalition to discuss the latest trade developments between Hong Kong and the US, fintech, and the Belt and Road Initiative. He called on Kentucky Lt. Governor Jenean Hampton and Secretary of Commerce, Terry Gill, Jr., discussing the latest developments in Hong Kong and the trade relations between the state and Hong Kong. Mr. Barclay met with Indiana Secretary of Commerce Jim Schellinger.

20A Celebrations in New York and Chicago

HKETONY unveils a host of 20A events

The HKETONY will be hosting more than 20 events to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in the coming months. They include music concerts, film awards, sports exchanges and fashion shows. Most of them will be held for the first time. HKETONY Director Steve Barclay said, “We hope to bring more Hong Kong success stories to the US, showcasing our talent and reaching out to the larger American communities under the theme ‘Together. Progress. Opportunity’.” For details: http://www.hketony.gov.hk/ny/20activities.htm

Honoring Teddy Robin Kwan in Chicago

Hong Kong’s Teddy Robin Kwan will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from Asian Pop-Up Cinema at the Chicago History Museum on May 11. Kwan’s career spans over decades as a director/actor/singer/songwriter/record producer.  Two rare screenings of his films “SHE REMEMBERS, HE FORGETS” (Kwan credited as the Producer) and “GALLANTS” (Kwan won the Best Supporting Actor) will be held at PianoForte Chicago on April 25, and at Studio A at the Joffrey Tower on April 28 respectively.

“Inspirational Liaisons – Encore” at Carnegie Hall

Hong Kong-based musicians will be performing at a concert “Inspirational Liaisons – Encore” at  Carnegie Hall on June 11, bringing a repertoire of works including “Vaughan Williams Songs of Travel”, “Ravel Sonata in G for violin and piano” and “Gershwin Three Preludes” for the New York audience. Ticketing details are here.

Basic Law

Hong Kong and its Basic Law

The Basic Law (BL) is the constitutional document of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR). Put into effect on July 1, 1997, it enshrines within a legal document the important concept of “One Country, Two Systems". 

Q: Has the Central Government or any Mainland province interfered in the running of the HKSAR Government?
A: No. Hong Kong has enjoyed a high degree of autonomy since reunification on July 1, 1997. In accordance with the Basic Law, the Central People's Government (CPG) has scrupulously upheld the principle of 'One Country, Two Systems' and the promise of 'Hong Kong people running Hong Kong'.  No province, autonomous region or municipality directly under the CPG has interfered in the affairs which the HKSAR Government administers on its own in accordance with the Basic Law. (BL Articles 2; 12; 22)

Hong Kong Basic Law

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