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What's New

Pact signed to enhance I&T collaboration
Hong Kong and Mainland China signed co-operation agreements, further cementing scientific and technological collaboration between the two places in six key areas, including scientific research and incubation of I&T industry (Sep 20). Home-grown unicorn SenseTime Group was also named to move forward the national development and planning for the next generation of artificial intelligence. Details here.

Pact signed to enhance I&T collaboration
   

Fostering a caring society
Chief Executive Carrie Lam urged Hong Kong’s business sector to embrace “creating shared value” that will benefit both the companies and society. Speaking at the Philanthropy for Better Cities Forum (Sep 20), she pointed out that the city had made great strides, ranking 25 out of 139 in 2017 “World Giving Index” and, placing 5th out of 39 in this year’s inaugural “Global Philanthropy Report”, published by the Harvard Kennedy School. The government is committed to fostering a caring society, with some 60% of recurrent budget spent on education, social welfare and medical services. The city’s spending on social welfare surged 86% in the past six years. Details here.

Fostering a caring society
   

More support measures for HK firms amid heated trade war: SCED
The Government will keep up dialogue with business chambers and increase insurance coverage and credit support for Hong Kong companies while the US-China trade dispute has escalated, said Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Edward Yau. China will impose a 5 to 10 per cent levy on US$60 billion worth of American goods, following an announced 10 per cent tariff levied on Chinese imports worth US$200 billion by the US. Details here.

More support measures for HK firms amid heated trade war: SCED
   

New animated video for Hongkongers travelling abroad
Ahead of the fall and Christmas travel season, a new animated video has been released to help Hongkongers travelling overseas know more about consular protection and outbound travel safety. The video was a joint publicity effort by the Immigration Department and The Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China. The latter provides consular protection services for Hong Kong people abroad. Details here.

New animated video for Hongkongers travelling abroad
   

Postal services to United States subject to delay
Hongkong Post announced that, as advised by the postal administration of the United States, due to the impact of a hurricane, mail delivery services (including Speedpost, parcels and letter post items) to North Carolina, South Carolina and southwest Virginia with postcodes from 27000 to 29999 and 23000 to 23999 are subject to delay.

Postal services to United States subject to delay
   

Hong Kong works round-the-clock to speedy recovery
Hundreds of civil servants, volunteers and contractors have been working around-the-clock to get the city back to normal after super Typhoon Mangkhut battered the city with wind speeds of up to 250 km/h over the weekend. Mangkhut, the most powerful typhoon since records began in 1946, caused widespread damage and flooding across the city blocking roads and railways. The Hong Kong Spirit shone through with emergency and essential services rising to the huge challenge to remove some 1500 fallen trees, clear roads, clean up debris and get the city back on its efficient feet as quickly as possible. To all those frontline emergency workers who braved the storm, and all those who have been working tirelessly to get the city back to normal - a big "Thank You!" Details here.

Hong Kong works round-the-clock to speedy recovery
   

Speedy recovery in Hong Kong
On the second day since the battering of Super Typhoon Mangkhut, Hong Kong is well on the way to resume fully normal with trunk roads open and rail lines running, after a nonstop territory-wide cleanup of fallen trees and debris. All schools are expected to resume classes on September 19. The two landmark infrastructures - the Express Rail Line and the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge – have withstood the heaviest storm ever recorded in Hong Kong’s history. Funding is available for those most affected for emergency relief and repairs to schools and common facilities.

Speedy recovery in Hong Kong
   

Chief Executive lauds typhoon efforts
Super Typhoon Mangkhut has caused more than 600 roads in Hong Kong blocked while more than 500 locations were reported to have fallen trees and other obstacles such as signs and smashed windows. Schools will close for another day (Sep 18). The HK International Airport runways will be open 48 hours to clear flights. The Hurricane Signal No. 10 — the strongest alert under Hong Kong’s storm warning system — was in force for about ten hours on Sunday (Sep 16), during the onslaught of the most intense storm in Hong Kong’s history. Chief Executive Carrie Lam said the Government has been mobilizing resources and working with relevant organizations to clear roads and repair damaged facilities with a view to returning the city back to normal as soon as possible. Details here.

Chief Executive lauds typhoon efforts
   

HK preps for super typhoon Mangkhut
The Government has mobilised and taken all necessary precautionary measures to get Hong Kong prepared for the onslaught of Super Typhoon Mangkhut and to minimize disruption and potential casualties when it approaches the city on Sunday (Sep 16). The typhoon, which carries the strength of a Cat. 5 hurricane, is the strongest to hit Hong Kong since records started 50 years ago. Measures being taken included the evacuation of residents from vulnerable coastal towns such as the Lantau fishing village of Tai O, and the opening of dozens of emergency shelters throughout the city. Airliners have urged passengers to change flights.

HK preps for super typhoon Mangkhut
   

New Bay Area Web portal launched
A thematic website on the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Bay Area Development has been launched. It includes a lot of timely, useful information in areas such as infrastructure, business facilitation measures and education. The Greater Bay Area comprises the two Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macao, and the nine municipalities of Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Foshan, Huizhou, Dongguan, Zhongshan, Jiangmen and Zhaoqing in Guangdong Province. It has a combined GDP of US$1.5 trillion (comparable to that of New York Metropolitan Area) and a land area about three times the size of San Francisco Bay Area. For new investment, business, job opportunities, click here.

New Bay Area Web portal launched
   

New Fintech initiatives in the pipeline
Hong Kong will launch a raft of initiatives to propel the city to be one of the world’s Fintech hubs, said Chief Executive Mrs Carrie Lam at the launch reception of the Hong Kong FinTech Week (Sep 12). In the pipeline are the Faster Payment System to connect banks and stored value facility operators and a common QR code standard for mobile payment. Licenses for virtual banks will be issued by the first quarter of 2019. To nurture the city’s own talent pool, the Chinese University of Hong Kong has just introduced an undergraduate program in Fintech while the University of Hong Kong has launched Asia’s first Fintech open online course. Details here.

New Fintech initiatives in the pipeline
   

Secretary for the Civil Service starts North America visit
Hong Kong’s Secretary for the Civil Service Joshua Law started the first leg of his North American visit in Boston (Sep 11) visiting renowned institutes including the John F Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. While in Boston, he met with Hong Kong students studying in Boston to learn about their school and daily life. In New York (Sep 12), Mr Law met with government officials of the New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services to exchange views on the management and training of the civil service. Details here.

Secretary for the Civil Service starts North America visit
   

Dragons glide across Lake Lanier
Over 10,000 spectators cheered on the 80-plus local and international teams competing neck-and-neck at the 23rd Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in Atlanta (Sep 8). Aside from the exhilarating races, visitors to Lake Lanier Olympic Park also enjoyed great southern hospitality at the event-filled festival, including multi-cultural performances and activities. Director of HKETONY Joanne Chu congratulated the festival organizers for hosting another successful event that highlights this unique water sports and Hong Kong culture. HKETONY has been the festival benefactor for the event since 1995. Details here.

http://www.hketony.gov.hk/ny/videos/videos1/reflections_of_hk.htm
   

HK students excel at International Olympiad of Metropolises
Eight Hong Kong students have achieved outstanding results in the 3rd International Olympiad of Metropolises, winning three gold medals and five silver medals, as well as a gold award in the team competition. Covering the subjects of physics, mathematics, chemistry and informatics, the event was held in Moscow September 2-7, with about 260 students from 33 cities of 26 countries taking part. Congratulating the team, Secretary for Education Kevin Yeung said the Education Bureau will continue to support and promote STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education to further develop and nurture the potential of the city's students in these disciplines. Details here.

HK students excel at International Olympiad of Metropolises
   

First official visit by Secretary for the Civil Service
Hong Kong’s Secretary for the Civil Service Joshua Law will be in Boston on September 10, starting his official visit in the US and Canada. He will visit New York, Ottawa and Toronto. Apart from visiting prominent institutes, Mr Law will also exchange views with government officials on the management and training of civil servants. He will return to Hong Kong on September 16. Details here.

Hong Kong’s Secretary for the Civil Service Joshua Law
   

Fellowships for Hong Kong Arts Administrators
The Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office in New York (HKETONY) is partnering with the Yale-China Association to bring two emerging arts leaders and administrators from Hong Kong to Yale University during the 2019 spring semester under a HKETO-NY Arts Activators Fellowship program. Deadline for application: September 15. Details here.

   

Co-location Ordinance comes into effect
The Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link (Co-location) Ordinance came into effect on Sep 4. This dovetails with the opening of the Hong Kong Section of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link (XRL) on Sep 23. Hong Kong and the Mainland will co-operate to jointly implement the co-location arrangement for maximum convenience for future high-speed rail passengers. The XRL will connect Hong Kong to the national high-speed rail network, enabling passengers to travel among Hong Kong and various Mainland cities in a breeze and offer a speedy, convenient and comfortable transport alternative. Details here.

Co-location Ordinance comes into effect
   

Outstanding achievements at Asiad
The Hong Kong athletes have scored their best Asian Games results, winning eight gold, 18 silver and 20 bronze medals in the Indonesian host cities of Jakarta and Palembang (Aug 18 – Sep 2). Besides performing well in traditional sports that HK excels, the team won golds for the first time in rugby sevens and in equestrian. The other golds won were in track cycling women’s keirin, track cycling women’s sprint double, track cycling men’s madison, men’s gymnastic vault, men's squash singles and women’s team squash. Details here.

Outstanding achievements at Asiad
   

Hong Kong cyclists bag more golds
Hong Kong cycling athletes Sarah Lee Wai-sze, and the duo of Cheung King-lok and Leung Chun-wing won two gold medals at the 18th Asian Games in Indonesia (Aug 31). Lee blazed into first place in the Women's Sprint event while the pair stormed into victory in the Men's Track Madison event. Details here.

Hong Kong cyclists bag more golds
   

Co-investment Partner of ITVF named
Radiant Tech Ventures Fund has been selected as a co-investment partner (CP) of Hong Kong's Innovation and Technology Venture Fund (Aug 30), joining five other funds announced earlier. The six CPs are expected to invest in local start-ups and recommend investments to the Government. The ITVF, with funding of US$256 million from the Government, aims to encourage investment in local start-ups. For more information, please visit the ITVF webpage.

Co-investment Partner of ITVF named
   

Talent List to attract quality people
The Hong Kong Government released the first Talent List of Hong Kong today (Aug 28), highlighting 11 specific professions needed most for Hong Kong's economic development. In order to attract relevant world talents to Hong Kong, immigration facilitation is provided to eligible persons under the Talent List through the Quality Migrant Admission Scheme (QMAS). Successful applicants under the QMAS are not required to have secured an offer of local employment for settlement in Hong Kong. For more details, click here.

Talent List to attract quality people
   

Opening bell to usher in dragon boat festival
Hong Kong Commissioner to the US Eddie Mak rang the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange this morning (Aug 6) to usher in the annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in New York (Aug 11 - 12). This marks the first time the Commissioner rang the opening bell since taking up his post in July.

Details here.

Opening bell to usher in dragon boat festival
   

Secretary for Justice in New York promotes Hong Kong as dispute resolution hub
Hong Kong Secretary for Justice, Ms Teresa Cheng, SC, concluded her visit to Washington, DC, the United States (US) and started her visit to New York (July 16). She addressed a business luncheon on Hong Kong as an ideal hub for deal-making in Asia under “one country, two systems”.

Details here.

Secretary for Justice in New York promotes Hong Kong as dispute resolution hub
   

Hong Kong actress wins coveted international Rising Star Award
Hong Kong actress, Stephy Tang, whose leading role in “The Empty Hands” (2017) was deemed to be her “career-best performance” as described by the reputable entertainment magazine Hollywood Reporter, has added the “Screen International Rising Star Award” to her accolades in the New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF).

Details here.

Hong Kong actress wins coveted international Rising Star Award
   

First visit to the Heart of Dixie
Director Joanne Chu updated key officials on major developments in innovation and technology in Hong Kong and the business opportunities under the Belt and Road Initiative and the Greater Bay Area during her first duty visit to Alabama (June 18-19). In a meeting with Secretary of Commerce Greg Canfield, they exchanged mutual concerns on the ongoing talk of trade tariffs.

Details here.

 
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