January 28 - February 3, 2017

HKETONY News

Hong Kong Commissioner expresses hope for stronger trade relations

The Hong Kong Commissioner for Economic and Trade Affairs, USA, Clement Leung, has expressed hope that Hong Kong - US economic relations will gather momentum in the Year of the Rooster. Addressing over 300 guests at the Chinese New Year reception of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in New York (HKETONY) on February 2, Mr Leung gave an update on the latest economic situation of Hong Kong,. The Director of HKETONY Steve Barclay said the office will host a number of events and activities to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. 

Education

The University of Hong Kong is named “Asia’s most international university”

In a recent ranking of 150 global institutions, the University of Hong Kong (HKU) was ranked “Asia’s most international university” by the London-based Times Higher Education supplement. HKU achieved that ranking after the survey added global reputation to their methodology for the first time this year, which factored in the university’s international students, its international staff, and its journal publications with at least one international co-author. Chinese University of Hong Kong also saw a boost in its ranking, propelling to the 28th most international university from 108th last year.

Tourism

Food truck program rolls out

The first phase of Hong Kong’s pilot food truck program hit the streets on February 2, with 11 food trucks, offering local and global fare such as savory BBQ pork buns, home-made dumplings, or pineapple buns filled with fresh cream. Speaking at the launch ceremony, Hong Kong Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Gregory So said this is an important tourism project which adds fun and energy to the tourist locations in Hong Kong. Supporting the effort, the Tourism Commission has specially launched a mobile app, “HK Food Truck” to help locals and tourists alike to locate the food trucks. The second batch of food trucks will start business by early March.

Basic Law

Hong Kong and its Basic Law

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

Q: Do Hong Kong people still enjoy a wide range of personal freedoms?
A: Chapter III of the Basic Law guarantees a wide range of personal freedoms to be enjoyed by Hong Kong people. The provisions of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, and international labor conventions as applied to Hong Kong continue to remain in force. The extensive personal freedoms of Hong Kong people is borne out by, for instance, the facts that demonstrations are a part of every-day life in Hong Kong, and that newspapers regularly comment on or criticize government decisions and policies and people say what they want in Hong Kong’s open society. (BL Articles 27-39)     

 

Hong Kong Basic Law

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