August 17 - 24, 2017

News

“Political interference” allegation unfounded

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam rejected claim of political interference in Hong Kong’s courts, adding that the rule of law and judicial independence are vital to the city's stability and prosperity. In response to the procession on the case of the sentence review, the Government has issued a statement (Aug 20) stating that  the decisions to prosecute and appeal were made in accordance with the Prosecution Code, applicable laws and relevant evidence, as clearly pointed out by the Department of Justice earlier, and that there is absolutely no political consideration involved. Further, allegations that the Court is under political interference are totally unfounded and groundless. The Hong Kong Bar Association and the Law Society of Hong Kong have pointed out the errors in these allegations in a joint statement.

Secretary for Justice: Legal basis in sentencing review

Secretary for Justice Rimsky Yuen said said Department of Justice, in seeking the review of sentence in cases of unlawful assembly, had dealt with the case strictly in accordance with the law. He reiterated that the defendants were convicted and sentenced for their unlawful conduct, not for their political ideas. In an op-ed (Aug 24), Mr Yuen outlined and explained the different stages of the legal and judicial process, emphasizing that Hong Kong upholds judicial independence and the city’s Judiciary is recognized for its independence and professionalism.

Sustainable Development

Chief Executive welcomes President of UN General Assembly

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam welcomed (Aug 16) the visiting President of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly Peter Thomson, who is a strong advocate and supporter of the UN Ocean Conference.  Mrs Lam said that Hong Kong is committed to the conservation of biodiversity and sustainable development. The city has designated five marine parks and one marine reserve to protect marine areas of high ecological value. It also has a UNESCO Global Geopark that contributes to the conservation of natural and cultural heritage, including the marine environment.

Belt and Road Initiative

Second Belt and Road Summit to be held in September

Adopting the theme “From Vision to Action”, the second Belt and Road Summit, will be held in Hong Kong (Sep 11), with global government and business leaders discussing such issues as infrastructure investment, ASEAN opportunities, as well as Hong Kong Advantages. The summit will also feature business matching sessions to help forge cooperation between businesses and service providers.

FinTech

Explore FinTech opportunities in Hong Kong

Join Chief Head of Fintech at Invest Hong Kong Charles d’Haussy at a luncheon discussion (Sep 11) in Chicago to discuss potential business growth and opportunities for US Fintech companies. Mr. d'Haussy and his team provide assistance to international Fintech companies to establish or expand their business presence in Hong Kong. To register or find out more about this event, click here.

HKETONY News

Director-General of Investment Promotion visits New York

In his meeting with the New York business community (Aug 22), Director-General of Investment Promotion of Invest Hong Kong Stephen Phillips said InvestHK wants to help companies grow in and via Hong Kong. He highlighted business opportunities Hong Kong offers to US companies, under the Belt and Road Initiative and in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Bay Area. He also said that Hong Kong, with the confluence of academic expertise and vibrant startup scene, is committed to be the leading innovation and technology hub in Asia.

Innovation & Technology

Free public Wi-Fi service launched

The Office of the Government Chief Information Officer has launched a pilot program offering free Wi-Fi services at government venues through public-private collaboration. Future venues to be covered include parks, public transport interchanges and markets. The Wi-Fi.HK scheme was launched in 2014 to provide free Wi-Fi services across the city. To date, there are more than 19,800 Wi-Fi hotspots throughout the city.

20A Celebrations in Hong Kong

3D model of Victoria Harbour sets world record

A group of more than 600 Hong Kong high-school students set the Guinness World Record for the “Largest Display of 3D-Printed Sculptures” with their gigantic sculpture depicting 20 landmark buildings on both sides of the city's famous Victoria Harbour. The model, consisting 1,214 separate 3D-printed sculptures and with an area exceeding 370 square-feet, was the culmination of a design competition to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong SAR.

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: Is Hong Kong still a free port and a separate customs territory?

A:  Ships of all nations regularly call into Hong Kong which is virtually a duty-free port. The HKSAR, using the name “Hong Kong, China”, is a member in its own right of the World Trade Organisation and the World Customs Organisation. Hong Kong remains a separate customs territory, and the boundary between the Mainland and the HKSAR is clearly delineated and properly managed. Export quotas, tariff preferences and other similar arrangements, which are obtained or made by the HKSAR or which were obtained or made and remain valid, shall be enjoyed exclusively by Hong Kong. (BL Articles 114; 116; 126)

Hong Kong Basic Law

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