August 24 - 30, 2017

News

Chief Executive meets UK official

Chief Executive Carrie Lam met the visiting Minister of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the United Kingdom Mark Field (Aug 24) and shared her vision for Hong Kong's future development under the Belt and Road Initiative and the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Bay Area development. She reiterated that the rule of law and the independence of the Judiciary are as robust as ever in Hong Kong and highlighted that eight overseas non-permanent judges in the Court of Final Appeal are distinguished judges from the UK.

Creative industries

Government supports design industry

With design being one of the fastest growing contributors to Hong Kong’s creative industries, generating over US$530 million to the city’s economy annually, the Hong Kong government is sparing no effort in promoting Hong Kong as a regional design hub. Speaking at the opening of the International Design Furniture Fair Hong Kong (Aug 25), Chief Executive Carrie Lam said that over the past three years, the government has provided over US$38 million for projects that promote the development of design, from the nurturing of talents to overseas promotion of local designers.

Science & Technology

First Hong Kong surgeon to win prestigious global pediatric award

Professor Paul Tam Kwong Hang, Chair of Pediatric Surgery at the Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine of the University of Hong Kong, was recently presented the prestigious Denis Browne Gold Medal by the British Association of Paediatric Surgeons, for his significant contributions to pediatric surgery. The award is made on an annual basis to one individual from worldwide nominations. Professor Tam has led a number of projects in developing pediatric surgery in less affluent communities, especially in China, in the past two decades. He is the first surgeon in Hong Kong, and the fourth surgeon in Asia to be presented with this award since its inception in 1968.

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.

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.

20A Celebrations in Hong Kong

Guinness World Record set for “Longest Line of Pallets”

Hong Kongers have set another world record - this time for the “Longest Line of Pallets” (Aug 26), when more than 2,000 people assembled and linked the pallets in a continuous line stretching over 1,000 meters (3,280 feet) to form a maze inside the letters “HK” at the Central Harbourfront Event Space. This record-setting event is part of the city’s 20th anniversary celebrations and was the second Guinness World Record set within a fortnight. Students had set the Guinness World Record for the “Largest Display of 3D-Printed Sculptures” on Aug 16.

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: Can Hong Kong still conclude and implement agreements with foreign states and regions or international organizations, and participate in international conferences?

A: Hong Kong continues to play an active role in the international arena and maintains close contact with its international partners. The HKSAR may on its own, using the name "Hong Kong, China", maintain and develop relations and conclude and implement agreements with foreign states and regions and relevant international organisations in the appropriate fields. Since Hong Kong’s return to the Motherland, the HKSAR Government, authorized by the Central Authorities, has concluded over 160 bilateral agreements with foreign states in accordance with the Basic Law, including air services agreements, visa abolition agreements and mutual legal assistance agreements. In 2013, representatives of the HKSAR Government, using the name of “Hong Kong, China”, participated in over 1500 international conferences not limited to states. (BL Articles 96; 133; 151; 152; 155)

Hong Kong Basic Law

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