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Hong Kong, Australia agrees on FTA

Hong Kong has reached a deal with Australia on a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and an Investment Agreement (Nov 15). Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Edward Yau hailed the agreements for bringing bilateral trade and investment ties to a new height. Details here.

Hong Kong, Australia agrees on FTA
   
Call to contain conflicts thro. dialogues: SCED

Secretary for Commerce & Economic Development Edward Yau has called on APEC members to redouble efforts to contain the escalating trade conflicts through constructive dialogue, at a plenary session of the 30th APEC Ministerial Meeting in Papua New Guinea (Nov 15). Details here.

Call to contain conflicts thro. dialogues: SCED
   
“Godfather of HK politics” Chung Sze-yuen dies at 101

HK’s political heavyweight Dr Chung Sze-yuen, Convener of the first Executive Council of the HKSAR, has passed away (Nov 14) aged 101 years. Chief Executive Carrie Lam expressed deep sorrow over the passing of Dr Chung. Referring to his years of outstanding public service, Mrs Lam said that with distinguished achievements in areas including politics, education, medical care and engineering, he earned deep respect from members of the public. Details here.

“Godfather of HK politics” Chung Sze-yuen dies at 101
   
HKSARG responds to US-China Commission report

In response to media enquiries, HK Gov’t has made a response (Nov 14) to a report issued by the United States-China Economic and Security Review Commission. The Gov’t reiterates that it has all along been handling HK affairs strictly in accordance with the “one country, two systems” principle, the Basic Law and the laws of HK. Foreign legislatures should not interfere in any form in the internal affairs of the HKSAR. Details here.

HKSARG responds to US-China Commission report
   
Liquor sale law to take effect late this month

The new legislation prohibiting the sale and supply of intoxicating liquor (more than 1.2% ethyl alcohol by volume) to minors under 18 years old will take effect Nov 30. The law applies to face-to-face distribution, online distribution as well as sale in vending machines. It carries a max. fine of US$6,410. Details here.

Liquor sale law to take effect late this month
   
Defending freedoms is my obligation: CE

Chief Executive Carrie Lam has reiterated her constitutional obligation to safeguard civil liberties in HK. Respondng to media questions on the recent Tai Kwun’s venue decision (Nov 13), Mrs Lam said the Gov’t had no involvement in the incident. Details here.

Defending freedoms is my obligation: CE
   
Illicit import of cannabis a criminal offence: HK Customs

The Customs and Excise Department has reminded members of the public that illicit import of cannabis is a criminal offence in HK. It carries a max. penalty of life imprisonment and a fine of US$641,026. Illicitly possessing, or smoking, inhaling, ingesting or injecting dangerous drugs is subject to a maximum prison term of seven years and a fine of US$128,205. Details here.

Illicit import of cannabis a criminal offence: HK Customs
   
HK playing to its strengths in China’s opening up

Chief Executive Carrie Lam has met with Chinese President Xi Jinping and the Vice Premier of the State Council Han Zheng in Beijing (Nov 12) along with the 160-plus-strong HK delegation in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the reform and opening up of the country. Mrs Lam said that as the doors of the country's reform and opening up will be opened wider and wider, HK's role as the gateway and the hub connecting to the world will become even more prominent and the city's advantages under "one country, two systems" will be even more notable. Video here.

HK playing to its strengths in China’s opening up
   
Day-long events to celebrate Cantonese Opera

Cantonese opera has been added to the Unesco representative list of intangible cultural heritage. With the landmark Chinese opera venue, Xiqu Centre, to open at West Kowloon cultural hub(Jan 20, 2019), the Leisure and Cultural Services Department will hold the 16th Cantonese Opera Day on Nov 25 (Sunday) at the HK Cultural Centre and the HK Space Museum featuring excerpts and operatic songs; talks; demonstration workshops on Cantonese opera stylized movement and posture. Details here.

Day-long events to celebrate Cantonese Opera
   
Boosting cooperation

Chief Secretary Matthew Cheung has met with senior reps of several int’l organizations in Geneva (Nov 7-9) to update them on HK's developments. In a meeting with WHO Assistant Director-General and Chef de Cabinet Bernhard Schwartlander, Cheung stressed HK’s close ties and cooperation with the WHO on public health issues. Cheung also called on the Director-General of the Int’l Labour Organization Guy Ryder and briefed him on HK’s efforts in enhancing employees' benefits. Details here.

Boosting cooperation
   
5th China Int’l Circus Festival - HK performance to be staged at Cultural Centre Piazza

World-class circus artists will perform in the 5th China International Circus Festival - HK performance next Tuesday (Nov 13) from 2pm to 3.30pm at the Cultural Centre Piazza, featuring exciting acrobatics and entertaining circus acts. Admission is free on a first-come, first-served basis. Details here.

5th China Int’l Circus Festival - HK performance to be staged at Cultural Centre Piazza
   
HK hosts Asia’s largest digital media conference

More than 40 speakers from major news and social media outlets, including Facebook, Google, New York Times, Reuters, and Wall Street Journal, have shared their experience and insights in Digital Media Asia held in Hong Kong. In the three-day event ending Nov 9, over 400 top executives and thought leaders took part in masterclasses and shared views on case studies and best practices pivotal for editorial and strategic decision-making. They also recognised, in the Asian Digital Media Awards, publishers who have adopted digital media and mobile strategies to cater to changes in how people consume news and information. The awards were jointly presented by WAN-IFRA-World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers and Google. Details here.

HK hosts Asia’s largest digital media conference
   
HK implements UN Sanctions on South Sudan

HK has adopted the United Nations sanctions against South Sudan imposed by the UN Security Council. The law prohibition against the supply, sale, transfer or carriage of arms or related materiel to the country in East-Central Africa took effect on Nov 9. Details here.

HK implements UN Sanctions on South Sudan
   
Top-notch R&D centers to be set up for collaboration

Hong Kong and the Chinese Academy of Sciences have signed an MOU to set up a CAS-affiliated institution in the city (Nov 8). The world-class institution, with research clusters on healthcare technologies, AI and robotics, will be set up at the Hong Kong Science Park. Details here.

Top-notch R&D centers to be set up for collaboration
   
West Kowloon Mediation Centre opens

The West Kowloon Mediation Centre (WKMC) has opened (Nov 8) with a pilot scheme for small claims launched at the same time. Secretary for Justice Teresa Cheng hoped more cases could be handled by mediation which is less costly than a court hearing and focuses on the interests of those concerned in search for a solution. Various mediation schemes had been administered by non-profits and they have recorded up to a 89% settlement rate. Details here.

West Kowloon Mediation Centre opens
   
Cyberport continues to attract startups and nurture HK unicorns

There’s a record number of over 1,200 tech companies and startups operating in Cyberport, said Secretary for Innovation and Technology Nicholas W Yang at the opening ceremony of Cyberport Venture Capital Forum (Nov 8), the annual two-day event of the I&T hub. Amount the tech companies, 25 startups have attracted over US$497 million of investment funding during the first half of 2018-19 fiscal year. The Gov’t will be a strong backer and delighted to see more unicorn successes such as home-grown Klook, an online travel agency, having landed US$200 million in its latest Series D funding and looking to hit the US$1 billion bookings this year. Details here.

Cyberport continues to attract startups and nurture HK unicorns
   
HK premiere of FDF-subsidized film "Napping Kid" 《逆向誘拐》

“It’s not a movie, it’s a game,” said film director Amos Why (Ho-Yin Wong) of “Napping Kid” (2018), a Film Development Fund-subsidized film that has premiered in HK (Nov 8). Starring David Siu, Ng Siu-hin and Cecilia So, the movie is about a blackmail case in which the blackmailer sends a ransom email to an international investment bank and threatens to disclose its clients’ confidential files to the public if the bank refuses to pay the ransom. Details here.

HK premiere of FDF-subsidized film "Napping Kid" 《逆向誘拐》
   
Customs and lifestyle of Chaoshan region showcased

A rare exhibition featuring the Chaozhou woodcarving craftsmanship will open at the HK Museum of History on Nov 8. With about 120 displays, the “Gilded Glory: Chaozhou Woodcarving” exhibition will reveal the practical uses and artistic qualities while giving a taste of the customs and humanistic spirit of Chaoshan people in Guangdong. Chaozhou woodcarving has been inscribed onto the first national list of intangible cultural heritage. Details here.

Customs and lifestyle of Chaoshan region showcased
   
Classic cops-and-gangsters films selected for screening

The HK Film Archive of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department has selected five classic cops-and-gangsters films produced in the 1980s for its flagship programme “100 Must-See Hong Kong Movies”. The screening will take place in North District Town Hall in December. Details here.

Classic cops-and-gangsters films selected for screening
   
Condolence point set up to mourn Dr Louis Cha

Remembering “Jin Yong,” the renowned wuxia novels writer and veteran journalist, Dr Louis Cha, who passed away Oct 30, the HK Heritage Museum will set up a condolence point outside the Jin Yong Gallery from Nov 12 to 30 for members of the public to pay tribute to the legend. Details here.

Condolence point set up to mourn Dr Louis Cha
   
Human rights in HK fully protected

The Chief Secretary for Administration, Matthew Cheung, has reiterated at the UNHRC Universal Periodic Review meeting in Geneva (Nov 6) the full protection of human rights in HK enshrined in the Basic Law, HK Bill of Rights Ordinance and other laws. The rule of law, an independent judiciary and freedom of speech are amongst the city's core values. Details here.

Human rights in HK fully protected
   
RTHK celebrating 90 years of public service broadcasting

Since June 1928, Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK) has been providing public service broadcasting to serve the people of HK and beyond. A special exhibition "90 Years of Public Service Broadcasting in HK" will be open to the public at the HK Heritage Museum on Nov 7. Details here.

RTHK celebrating 90 years of public service broadcasting
   
World's first cross-border fintech event, ends on high note

Packed with presentations and panel sessions covering all key aspects of financial technology (fintech), the five-day HK Fintech Week has drawn to a successful close in Shenzhen (Nov 2). The 3rd HK Fintech Week drew more than 8,000 attendees from over 50 economies, more than 260 world-class speakers, 100 exhibitors, and 60 start-ups. Financial Secretary Paul Chan highlighted the rapid growth of HK's fintech sector while startups enjoy the Government's strong backing. Details here.

World's first cross-border fintech event, ends on high note
   
HK's experiences shared at China Int’l Import Expo

Jointly organized by the HK Government and the HK Trade Development Council, a seminar to explore the unique role of HK as the gateway to China's Import and Export has been held at the first China International Import Expo in Shanghai (Nov 6). Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Edward Yau cited historic moments that demonstrated HK strengths in tapping the Mainland Chinese market in the country’s opening and reforms. He was robust in HK’s active role in the Belt and Road Initiative and development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area. Details here.

HK's experiences shared at China Int’l Import Expo
   
Import of poultry meat and products from Stearns County, Minnesota, suspended

In view of a notification from the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) about an outbreak of low-pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza in Stearns County, Minnesota, the HK Centre for Food Safety has instructed the trade to suspend the import of poultry meat and products, including poultry eggs, from the county with immediate effect to protect public health. Details here.

Import of poultry meat and products from Stearns County, Minnesota, suspended
   
Strategic gateway role showcased at inaugural China Int'l Import Expo

HK will continue to be the strategic gateway for Mainland China and the rest of the world. Participating in the inaugural China International Import Expo, the city is showcasing its unique role and as the ideal platform for helping Mainland enterprises to "go global" and assisting international companies to enter the Mainland market. Details here.

Strategic gateway role showcased at inaugural China Int'l Import Expo
   
Going the distance

The Government’s bold infrastructure investments including the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge, the HK Section of the Express Rail Link and the ongoing construction of a Three-Runway System at the city's international airport, provides a catalyst for sustainable growth in trade, logistics, commerce and tourism. It also establishes HK as a major connection point in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, creating attractive opportunities for overseas investors. Details here.

Going the distance
   
Providing quality elderly care through I&T

Hong Kong is adopting a multipronged approach to enhance the quality of life of the elderly. In addition to introducing elderly-friendly policies and initiatives, the Government will use gerontology, which integrates elderly services with innovation & technology. A new US$128 million I&T Fund will provide subsidy for eligible seniors and rehab services to test and procure or rent technology products.The city also welcomes technology collaborations with other cities and institutions to build a smart and liveable city, said Financial Secretary Paul Chan (Nov 2). Details here.

Providing quality elderly care through I&T
   
Converting food waste into energy

More than 100 HK organizations have pledged (Nov 1) to deliver food waste to O∙PARK1, the city's first organic resources recovery center located in North Lantau. The largest self-sustainable food waste recycling facility in Asia, O∙PARK1 can generate about 14 million kWh of surplus electricity, equivalent to energy consumption by about 3,000 households. It can also reduce some 25,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions each year. Secretary for the Environment Wong Kam-sing said this exemplifies the Government’s commitment to reduce waste and carbon emissions. Details here.

Converting food waste into energy
   
Pivotal gateway to China: FS

Hong Kong will continue to play a pivotal role connecting the Mainland and the rest of the world, serving as China's international financial, trade, shipping and innovation and technology center, said Financial Secretary Paul Chan at a forum (Nov 1). The Government will play the role of "promoter" and "facilitator," diversify the economic base, remove supply-side constraints in land and manpower, and deepen economic co-operation with the Mainland. Details here.

Pivotal gateway to China: FS
   
Ranked among top business-friendly cities

Hong Kong is ranked fourth globally on the ease of doing business, moving up one place from last year, according to the World Bank's Doing Business 2019 Report (Oct 31). HK came in first for tax efficiency and for businesses to obtain construction permits. Details here.

Ranked among top business-friendly cities
   
Ideal launch pad for FinTech firms

With more than 300 fintech start-ups at Cyberport and HK Science Park and over 150 other fintech companies flourishing in the private co-working spaces, HK is undoubtedly the ideal fintech launch pad for companies that are looking to tap into the huge market of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, said Financial Secretary Paul Chan at the opening of the third and largest edition of HK FinTech Week (Oct 31). Details here.

Ideal launch pad for FinTech firms
   
First blockchain-based trade finance platform launched

HK Monetary Authority and 12 major HK banks have launched a blockchain-based trade finance platform. The eTradeConnect aims to improve trade efficiency, build better trust among participants, and reduce risks and facilitate trade counterparties to obtain financing. The eTradeConnect will collaborate with its European counterpart, we.trade. Details here.

First blockchain-based trade finance platform launched
   
2019 HK Arts Festival showcases new works and Asian premieres

World class international performing groups will join local talents in an outstanding array of performances at the 47th Hong Kong Arts Festival, set to run Feb 21 to Mar 23, 2019. The five-week long festival features more than 1,700 artists in 166 performances. Themed "At Every Stage", the Festival presents artists at different stages of their careers. Highlights include the Asian premieres of Zhou Long's Pulitzer Prize-winning opera “Madame White Snake”, Oper Leipzig's staging of Richard Wagner's romantic opera "Tannhäuser" and The Hamburg Ballet's "Beethoven Project", choreographed by its long-time artistic director John Neumeier. More information on advance booking and overview of the 500+ performances and educational activities can be found here.

2019 HK Arts Festival showcases new works and Asian premieres
   
Recital by acclaimed HK pianist Cheng Wai

Cheng Wai, who has been described as a "piano poetess", will perform in a recital at Hong Kong City Hall in December. After graduating from Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA) and the Curtis Institute of Music, Cheng went to obtain her master's degree at Yale University and a doctoral degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. She has performed around the world, including at Carnegie Hall in New York and the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, DC. "Piano Recital by Cheng Wai" is part of the "City Hall Virtuosi" Series. Details here.

Recital by acclaimed HK pianist Cheng Wai
   
New private university: Hang Seng University of HK

The Hang Seng Management College has been granted approval to become a private university. To be called “The Hang Seng University of Hong Kong”, it would add diversity to the city's higher education system. Details here.

New private university: Hang Seng University of HK
   
CE spotlights HK’s unique role in China's economic reform

Hong Kong will continue to leverage on its strengths and play a key role in China's further reform and opening up, said Chief Executive Carrie Lam at a seminar (Oct 29). The city has contributed and benefited from China's economic transformation in the last 40 years. Details here.

CE spotlights HK’s unique in China's reform and opening up
   
Postal services to US return to normal

Mail delivery services from Hong Kong to North Carolina, South Carolina, southwest Virginia (postcodes 27000 to 29999 and 23000 to 23999) and Florida (postcodes 32300 to 32499) that were previously affected by a hurricane have returned to normal. Details here.

   
HK signs wine pact with Bordeaux

Hong Kong and Bordeaux signed an agreement on cooperation in wine-related education and manpower training (Oct 27) to strengthen education and training with possible areas of collaboration include networking, student and staff exchange programs, scholarships and study missions. Details here.

HK signs MOU with Bordeaux on wine-related education
   
New fuel regulations for ocean-going vessels

Effective Jan 1, ocean-going vessels (OGVs) that are using heavy fuel oil (with an average sulfur content of 2.6%) are required to switch to compliant fuel before entering HK waters. The master and owner concerned of any vessel using non-compliant fuel within the waters of HK will be liable to a maximum fine of US$25,500 and imprisonment for six months. Details here.

New fuel regulations for ocean-going vessels
   
International Culinary Institute opens to groom hospitality talents

With more than 15,000 restaurants calling HK home, the International Culinary Institute has opened (Oct 26) to nurture the city's culinary talents. Chief Executive Carrie Lam said the Institute's opening underlines the government's support for vocational training education. Details here.

   
HK Wine & Dine Festival returns with biggest edition yet

Drawing tens of thousands of foodies every year, the 4-day HK Wine & Dine Festival is celebrating its 10th anniversary with two new zones: International Street Eats and Coffee Fiesta. At the opening ceremony (Oct 25), Financial Secretary Paul Chan noted that HK imported more than US$76 million worth of wine from all over the world, a jump of 9% y-o-y. Top three wine importers were France, Australia and the United Kingdom. Details here.

HK Wine & Dine Festival returns with biggest edition yet
   
13th Eco Expo Asia spotlights "Waste less, save energy"

Secretary for the Environment Wong Kam-sing has officiated the 13th Eco Expo Asia (Oct 25) where he stressed HK’s commitment to a low-carbon society. The Gov’t has released the Climate Action Plan 2030+ earlier to echo the Paris Agreement, with the target to reduce HK’s carbon footprint by as much as 70%. Details here.

13th Eco Expo Asia spotlights "Waste less, save energy"
   
Mega bridge opens

The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge will foster the flow of people, goods and capital in the prosperous Greater Bay Area, and transform HK’s role from a connector to a more proactive participant, said Chief Executive Carrie Lam at a ceremonial opening officiated by Chinese President Xi Jinping in Zhuhai on Oct 23 (HK time). Open to 24-hour traffic now, the 55-km jaw-dropping bridge is already billed one of the modern world’s seven marvels. The main deck curve design resembles a snake. And there’re three distinctive designs of the towers above the bridges, depending on where they span: dolphins for Jianghai, Chinese knots for Qingzho

Mega bridge opens
   
Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge opens to boost connectivity

The world’s longest sea crossing bridge will open a new chapter in enhanced connectivity among Hong Kong, Macao, Zhuhai when it opens to traffic on Oct 24. Attended by Chinese President Xi Jinping, HKSAR Chief Executive Carrie Lam, and other officials, a ceremony to mark its commissioning has been held in Zhuhai (Oct 23). The bridge puts major cities in the Pearl River Delta within a three hours' commute from Hong Kong.To learn more about public transport options, driving information and vehicle insurance tips, visit the new website by the Transport and Housing Bureau.

Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge opens to boost connectivity
   
Young Cantonese opera talents to re-run classics with veterans

Promising Cantonese opera actors will collaborate with HK Cantonese opera performers in the re-run of two acclaimed works, "A Fan to Remember" and "The Cosmic Mirror", in December and January. For details, visit the program website. Details here.

Young Cantonese opera talents to re-run classics with veterans
   
HK filmmaker pays tribute to Fellini's 8 1/2

Veteran filmmaker Teddy Robin’s latest directorial work, “Lucid Dreams”, had its premiere in Hong Kong on Oct 23. He said the film was his lifelong hope to pay tribute to the legendary Italian director Federico Fellini. It was subsidised by the Film Production Grant Scheme under the Film Development Fund. Details here.

HK filmmaker pays tribute to Fellini's 8 1/2
   
HK to contribute US$10 million to help low-income countries in Asia

As a member, HK will contribute US$10 million to the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank’s funding which supports low-income countries in their infrastructure projects such as power distribution system upgrade. Details here.

HK to contribute US$10 million to help low-Income countries in Asia
   
World’s longest sea bridge set to open

The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge, the world’s longest bridge-cum-tunnel sea crossing, is set to open to traffic on Oct 24. Totaling 34 mile, it will be a 45-minute drive from HK to Zhuhai and link the two SARs of HK and Macao to the Western Pearl River Delta. The Bridge will enhance the flow of people, goods and capital and technological collaboration in the region. Details here.

World’s longest sea bridge set to open
   
Hong Kong among top 10 competitive economies

Hong Kong has been ranked 7th in the latest version of the Global Competitiveness Report by the World Economic Forum. The index measures 140 economies against 12 pillars or drivers of productivity, using new methodology to take into account technological change. Hong Kong came out top in macroeconomic stability and health. Details here.

Hong Kong among top 10 competitive economies
   
Hong Kong celebrates closer ties in Massachusetts

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has proclaimed today (October 17, 2018) as “Hong Kong Day” to recognize the strong ties between Hong Kong and the Bay State. Over 100 guests, including business and government leaders, along with Senate staffers, attended a celebratory reception at the State House, which was co-organised by the HKETONY, The Asian Caucus of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, and the Hong Kong Association of Massachusetts. Earlier in the day, Hong Kong Commissioner Eddie Mak called on the Speaker of the House Robert A DeLeo and exchanged views on mutual trade relations. The reception also featured a performance by Hong Kong Baroque recorder player Jasmine Ho. Details here.

Hong Kong celebrates closer ties in Massachusetts
   
Xiqu Centre to open in January

Xiqu Centre, the first landmark performing arts venue at West Kowloon Cultural District (WKCD), will officially open its doors on Jan 20 next year, with a performance of the Cantonese opera classic“The Reincarnation of Red Plum”. Designed by Bing Thom Architects (now Revery Architecture) and Ronald Lu Architects, the Centre features a 1,073-seat main theatre, a 200-seat tea house theatre, arts education and rehearsal facilities, and an atrium. Details here.

Xiqu Centre to open in January
   
CE hosts DNA Nobel laureate James Watson

Chief Executive Carrie Lam hosted the molecular biologist James Watson, Nobel Prize winner in Physiology or Medicine in 1962 at the Government House (Oct 15). Lam and the Nobel laureate who co-discovered the structure of DNA exchanged views on HK’s latest development in I&T. Details here.

CE hosts DNA Nobel laureate James Watson
   
HK athletes register best-ever results in 2018 Asian Para Games

The heroes are home. Team HK won a record-breaking 48 medals, comprising 11 gold medals, 16 silver medals and 21 bronze medals in the Indonesia 2018 Asian Para Games. Stunning successes include winning the first gold medal in boccia and breaking the Asian Para Games record and the Asian record in swimming. Secretary for Home Affairs Lau Kong-wah welcomed the athletes at HK Int’l airport (Oct 14) as Chief Executive Carrie Lam extended her congratulations. Details here.

HK athletes register best-ever results in 2018 Asian Para Games
   
HK students shine at the “Oscars of the ICT”

The delegation led by the Government Chief Information Officer Victor Lam brought home 19 awards among 260-plus entries (Oct 13), best-ever showing for HK at the 18th Asia Pacific Information and Communications Technology Alliance (APICTA) Awards. The annual conference is hosted by member-economies and was held in Guangzhou, China this year. Projects designed by HK students and young professionals competed in 10 categories, comprising innovative ideas such as multilingual AI customer service. Details here.

HK students shine at the “Oscars of the ICT”
   
Kids’ colourful view of HK’s future sets Guinness records

Seven talented primary school children aged between 8 and 12 have created a Guinness World Records-breaking 14m work of art under the theme of "Future Hong Kong” at UBS Mega Art Project (Oct 12). Congratulating the young artists, Chief Secretary for Administration Matthew Cheung reiterated government’s resolve and funding commitment to education as key to HK’s future. Details here.

Kids’ colourful view of HK’s future sets Guinness records
   
Alan Kwan and friends to host jazz lecture demo series

Locally groomed and US-trained jazz guitarist Alan Kwanwill host a lecture demo series entitled “Jazz Classics: Let's Listen, Let's Jam!” in the next two months. In a series of six lectures, Kwan will talk about the influences behind and share some interesting stories about various modern jazz masters. Tickets and details here.

Alan Kwan and friends to host jazz lecture demo series
   
HK to revitalize high-end manufacturing

Joined by German Consul General to HK Dieter Lamlé, Chief Executive Carrie Lam officiated at an unveiling ceremony of "A Great Leap Towards Industry 4.0 – Now & Beyond" (Oct 11) where she pledged support for HK enterprises in producing innovative smart products and services. By setting up a US$25.5m Re-industrialization Funding Scheme, the Gov’t will subsidize manufacturers to set up smart production lines in HK. Details here.

HK to revitalize high-end manufacturing
   
Policy Address gives impetus to I&T: S for IT

Secretary for Innovation and Technology Nicholas Yang called upon the public (Oct 11) to support Government's efforts to gear up I&T, including expediting re-industrialization, promoting R&D and technology transfer, building HK as a smart city, and developing the Greater Bay Area into an international I&T hub. Details here.

Policy Address gives impetus to I&T: S for IT
   
Research funding boost to drive I&T goals: SED

Elaborating on the Policy Address measures, Education Secretary Kevin Yeung said (Oct 11) additional research funding -- US$2.55bn to be injected the Research Endowment Fund to help attract and retain talents -- will help drive forward HK’s potential as a global innovation and technology center. Details here

Research funding boost to drive I&T goals: SED
   
CE identifies land supply, economic diversification as priorities in policy blueprint

Chief Executive Carrie Lam has delivered her 2nd annual policy address (Oct 10) entitled “Striving Ahead, Rekindling Hope,” mapping out the current-term Government’s priorities. The administration will ease the housing shortage by boosting land supply through reclamation, revitalization of industrial buildings, and conversion of brownfield sites. On the growing US-China trade friction, the Government will provide support for affected enterprises. Details here.

CE identifies land supply, economic diversification as priorities in policy blueprint
   
Number of overseas and Mainland companies in HK continues to grow

The number of business operations in HK with parent companies overseas and in Mainland China climbed to 8,754 in 2018, compared to 8,225 a year ago. By sector, import/export trade, wholesale and retail topped the list (3,950), followed by financing and banking (1,806), and professional, business and education services (1,262). Details here.

Number of overseas and Mainland companies in HK continues to grow
   
Top court gets new judge

Justice Andrew Cheung Kui-nung, the Chief Judge of the High Court, has been appointed as a permanent judge of the Court of Final Appeal with effect from Oct 25. Meanwhile, Justice Robert Tang Ching has been appointed as a non-permanent Hong Kong judge of the top court for a term of three years with effect from the same date. Details here.

Top court gets new judge
   
Policy Address set for Wed

Chief Executive Carrie Lam will release her 2018 Policy Address in the Legislative Council at 11am on Wednesday (Oct 10) (Hong Kong time). People can tune into the live broadcast of the speech, the subsequent press conference and the TV forum. Details here.

Policy Address set for Wed
   
Contractors suspended to bid for government works

The Government has banned Leighton Contractors (Asia) Ltd. from bidding for any major construction projects for a year, due to its work on the MTR's Shatin-Central Link. The other joint venture partners, Samsung C&T Corp. and Hsin Chong were given four months' suspension while China State Construction Engineering (HK) Ltd. banned for three months. Details here.

Contractors suspended to bid for government works
   
Core values of freedom of expression and reporting safeguarded: CE

Chief Executive Carrie Lam has reiterated that freedom of expression, freedom of reporting are core values in Hong Kong. “As the Chief Executive, I and the HKSAR Government will safeguard all these rights as enshrined in the Basic Law," she added. Responding to media questions on Oct 9, she dismissed the link of the visa row to a recent talk as “pure speculation”. Details here.

Core values of freedom of expression and reporting safeguarded: CE
   
Multi-functional smart lampposts to be installed

The Government will progressively install about 400 multi-functional smart lampposts in the next three years in four urban locations, to enhance the collection of real-time city data, including traffic flow, concentration of pollutants in the air, and improve the 5G and WiFi network coverage. The first 50 smart lampposts are expected to come into operation in Kwun Tong and the Kai Tak Development Area before mid-2019. Details here.

Multi-functional smart lampposts to be installed
   
HK to promote design thinking

Joined by IDEO partner Tom Kelley, Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Edward Yau officiated the Hong Kong Design Centre’s 4-year propelling design thinking programme (Oct 6), aiming to unleash the potential of HK as a creative city through the promotion of design thinking across different sectors. Details here.

HK to promote design thinking
   
Full 47th HKAF line-up revealed

The 47th Hong Kong Arts Festival is set to run from Feb 21 to Mar 23, 2019. Advance ticket bookings with 15% discount will open on Oct 11. The full lineup for HK's leading arts festival presenting theatre, dance, classical, jazz and world music is here.

Full 47th HKAF line-up revealed
   
Logistics and shipping sector embraces technology

The logistics and shipping sectors have embraced innovation and technology, which enhances efficiency in customs clearance and saves transshipment time. One of them was the adoption of a cross-boundary single e-lock system, developed by the Logistics and Supply Chain MultiTech R&D Centre (LSCM) in collaboration with the Customs and Excise Department in 2016. The government-supported LSCM is developing a trade facilitation platform and an e-arbitration cloud service platform, said Secretary for Innovation and Technology, Mr Nicholas W Yang, at the LSCM Logistics Summit 2018 (Oct 5). Details here.

Logistics and shipping sector embraces technology
   
Enhanced relief measures for SMEs

SCED Edward Yau has unveiled a raft of enhanced measures to help SMEs tie over the foreseeable hardship amidst the heated US-China trade dispute. They included extension of the maximum loan guarantee period and increase of guaranteed loan ceiling. Details here.

Enhanced relief measures for SMEs
   
Hong Kong's efforts to tackle tax evasion and avoidance recognized

Recognizing Hong Kong's efforts to tackle tax evasion and avoidance through its participation in the OECD's Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters, the European Union has amended and updated its watch list on tax co-operation, effective Oct 2. Details here.

Hong Kong's efforts to tackle tax evasion and avoidance recognized
   
CE congratulates winners of 2018 Lui Che Woo Prize

Chief Executive Mrs Carrie Lam has led the chorus of praises for the 2018 recipients of Lui Che Woo Prize, a home-grown international award. She congratulated the Pratham Education Foundation, for the Positive Energy Prize; the World Meteorological Organization, for the Welfare Betterment Prize; and Mr Hans-Josef Fell, recipient of the Sustainability Prize. Their singular contributions to the elimination of illiteracy, the reduction of the impact of natural disasters, and the development of renewable energy respectively, have helped point to a brighter as well as more inclusive and caring future for all. Details here.

CE congratulates winners of 2018 Lui Che Woo Prize
   
Chicago-premiere of “The Concerto of the Bully” draws crowd

The romantic comedy “The Concerto of the Bully” (2017) has opened to an enthusiastic audience in its premiere screening in Chicago (Oct 2). Director Fung Chih Chiang and art director Chet Chan who attended the HKETONY-sponsored screening shared their creative process. Mr Fung said the tranquil seaside and the transcending power of music had inspired him to write and direct the movie. Details here.

Chicago-premiere of “The Concerto of the Bully” draws crowd
   
Seizing new opportunities: CE

Hong Kong has been a “contributor” and “beneficiary" in China's reform and opening up. We'll continue to reinforce and enhance our global competitiveness by proactively seizing opportunities arising from the development of the Belt and Road and the Greater Bay Area, said Chief Executive Carrie Lam at the National Day Reception in Celebration of the 69th Anniversary of the Founding of the People's Republic of China (Oct 1). Details here.

To seizing new opportunities: CE
   
HK Observatory taking global role

Hong Kong Observatory has signed an MOU with the World Meteorological Organization to further strengthen regional and international meteorological cooperation. As the designated Regional Specialized Meteorological Centre for Nowcasting in Asia, the HKO will provide information and forecast in predicting severe weather. Details here.

HK Observatory taking global role
   
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
   
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
   
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
 
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