September 14 - 20, 2017

Arts & Culture

Henry Tang to helm WKCDA

Henry Tang will take over chairmanship of the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (WKCDA), starting Oct 1, for the next two years. Chief Executive Carrie Lam said Mr Tang had rich business and public administration experience and she was fully confident that the WKCD would develop into a world-class integrated arts and cultural hub under his leadership. Mr Tang was former Chief Secretary from July 2007 to September 2011.

HKETONY News

Investment promotion head appointed

Douglas Lee has been appointed the Head of Investment Promotion for Invest Hong Kong wef Sep 18. Previously, he was the deputy head of the unit which is under the auspices of the HKETONY. Prior to joining the government, he was a commercial and investment banker in five countries focused on institutional and corporate clients, and was recruited to open and lead an office in Hong Kong for America’s sixth largest bank at that time. Mr Lee is a graduate of Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service majoring in international economics.

Innovation & Technology

Inno-tech fund applications open

The US$256 million Innovation & Technology Venture Fund has been opened for applications. Venture capital funds, whether incorporated in Hong Kong or overseas, are welcome to apply to become the fund’s investment partners. The fund was launched by the Innovation & Technology Commission to encourage venture capital funds to invest in local inno-tech startups.

Environment

Hong Kong vie for global awards

Two Hong Kong climate change projects have been shortlisted to compete with 23 other cities for the C40 Cities Bloomberg Philanthropies Awards 2017. “T.PARK”, by the Environment Protection Department, is a sludge treatment plant that generates electricity from sewage sludge. It is vying for the Cities4ZeroWaste award, which recognizes excellence in reducing waste. The “landslip prevention and mitigation project”, by the Civil Engineering and Development Department, is competing for the Cities4Action award, which recognizes the most ambitious city-wide action. The winners will be announced at the North American Climate Summit in Chicago on Dec 4-5.

Arbitration

Managing Counsel of HKIAC named

The Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC) has appointed Wesley Pang as Managing Counsel. He will join the team’s senior lawyers in overseeing the administration of arbitrations and in promoting the use of HKIAC arbitration and other forms of dispute resolution in Asia and worldwide. Pang has worked for Shearman & Sterling in the firm’s New York, Paris and London offices. He is a graduate of the Anglo-American dual degree law program between King’s College London and Columbia University School of Law where he earned an LLB and JD respectively. 

Education

Hong Kong students shine in Olympiad

A team of eight students won two gold and six silver medals at the International Olympiad of Metropolises, held in Moscow, Russia (Sep 4-9). This is a multidisciplinary competition for students aged 14 to 18 covering four disciplines: mathematics, informatics, chemistry and physics. Secretary for Education Kevin Yeung said the team’s achievements demonstrated the great potential of Hong Kong students in the field of science.  

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: 15. Is Chinese the only official language allowed under the Basic Law?

A: No, in addition to Chinese, English is also an official language used by the executive authorities, the legislature and the judiciary of the HKSAR. (BL Article 9)

Hong Kong Basic Law

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