April 8 - 14, 2017

Business & Economy

Developing an Internet-driven economy 

Committed to innovation and technology, Hong Kong has invested US$2.3 billion in programs and initiatives in this area, said Chief Executive C Y Leung at the Internet Economy Summit 2017 Main Forum (April 12).  He added that Hong Kong enjoys a competitive edge in technology infrastructure, noting that the city has one of the world's highest penetration rates in mobile phone and household broadband usage, along with one of the fastest Internet connections in the world. 

Chief Executive meets AIIB President

Hong Kong Chief Executive, C Y Leung, met the President of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), Jin Liqun, on April 12 to exchange views on issues of mutual interest. In March, the AIIB approved Hong Kong’s application to join and that Hong Kong would become a new member once it confirms the acceptance of the Bank’s Articles of Agreement and deposits the first installment of capital subscription with the Bank. 


Hong Kong Link Road to be completed in April

The 7.5 mile-long dual three-lane Hong Kong Link Road of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge will be completely connected in April, signifying a key milestone for the project. The link road connects the Main Bridge on the Mainland and the Hong Kong Boundary Crossing Facilities. Road surfacing as well as road facility installation projects for the link road, and the works for the Hong Kong Boundary Crossing Facilities are ongoing. The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge Hong Kong section will be ready for commissioning by the end of this year.

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Achievements in ICT industry lauded

Hong Kong Financial Secretary Paul Chan commended the winners of the Hong Kong ICT Awards 2017 for their outstanding achievements in the local information and communications technology sector. He presented the Award of the Year to GoAnimate Hong Kong whose GoAnimate: Cloud-based animated video creation platform was chosen as the “best of the best” from more than 1,100 entries. Secretary for Innovation & Technology Nicholas Yang presented the Grand Awards to the winners of the eight award categories. The awards have been co-organized by the ICT industry, academia and the Government since 2006.


Chief Executive meets Director-General of WHO

Hong Kong Chief Executive, C Y Leung, met the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Margaret Chan, at the Chief Executive’s Office on April 12 morning to exchange views on issues of mutual concern. Mr. Leung said that the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government will continue to maintain close liaison with the WHO to enhance co-operation and exchange views on public health issues.


Pedaling for glory at World Cycling Championships

Top cyclists from around the world are pedaling for glory in the 2017 UCI Track Cycling World Championships at the world-class Hong Kong Velodrome. The premier international sporting event (April 12-16) is one of the mega events celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.  Hong Kong is the second Asian city in the championships’ long history to host the elite event, after Japan in 1990. A total of 370 athletes (220 men and 150 women) from 42 countries registered for this year’s championships, competing for titles across 20 events, consisting of sprints and endurance competitions.

Hong Kong snooker player wins titles 

Hong Kong snooker player Ng On-Yee was a big winner in the World Ladies Billiards and Snooker’s World Women’s Championships 2017, placing first place in the world 6-Red Championship as well as the World Women’s 10-Red Championship.


Feast for fans at Hong Kong International Film Festival 

The 41st edition of the Hong Kong International Film Festival kicked off with a glittering ceremony on April 11.  This year, film buffs can enjoy over 230 titles from 65 countries and regions, including 69 international or Asian premieres.  The event also features seminars hosted by leading filmmakers, film exhibitions, receptions, parties, and more. The festival will be held at theaters around town until April 25.

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Government-funded films scoop awards

Hong Kong Secretary for Commerce & Economic Development Gregory So congratulated the makers of two films funded by the First Feature Film Initiative for winning five trophies at the 36th Hong Kong Film Awards. Director Wong Chun, actor Eric Tsang and actress Elaine Jin won the Best New Director, Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress awards, respectively, for “Mad World”. “Weeds on Fire” won the Best Original Film Song award, while its actor Tony Wu was named the Best New Performer. The initiative, launched by the Film Development Fund in 2013, supports the film industry and identify talent through competitions.

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20A Celebrations in NYC and Chicago 

Honoring Teddy Robin Kwan in Chicago

Hong Kong’s Teddy Robin Kwan will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from Asian Pop-Up Cinema at the Chicago History Museum on May 11. Kwan’s career spans over decades as a director/actor/singer/songwriter/record producer.  Two rare screenings of his films “SHE REMEMBERS, HE FORGETS” (Kwan credited as the Producer) and “GALLANTS” (Kwan won the Best Supporting Actor) will be held at PianoForte Chicago on April 25, and at Studio A at the Joffrey Tower on April 28 respectively.

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“Inspirational Liaisons – Encore” at Carnegie Hall

Hong Kong-based musicians will be performing at a concert “Inspirational Liaisons – Encore” at  Carnegie Hall on June 11, bringing a repertoire of works including “Vaughan Williams Songs of Travel”, “Ravel Sonata in G for violin and piano” and “Gershwin Three Preludes” for the New York audience. Ticketing details here.

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Arts & Culture

World Premiere of chamber opera by Hong Kong composer 

New York-based Hong Kong composer Ian Ng is premiering an original one-act chamber opera at The Dimenna Center for Classical Music (450 W 37th St New York, NY 10023) on April 30.The intimate opera, set on a promenade at sunset, tells a story of two complete strangers who share a brief encounter that changes them subtly but distinctly. A NYU graduate with master’s degree in music composition, Ng has received many international awards, including American Prize and Morton Gould Young Composer Award. His music has been performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and Joyce Theater among others.Ticketing details here.

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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: Has the HKSAR enjoyed executive, legislative and independent judicial power?
A: Yes. The HKSAR exercises a high degree of autonomy and enjoys executive, legislative and independent judicial power, including that of final adjudication. The Chief Executive heads the HKSAR, and the Executive Council, members of which are appointed by the Chief Executive, assists the Chief Executive in policy making. The legislature, which is constituted by election, enacts legislation, while the independent judiciary dispenses justice free from interference. (BL Articles 2; 16; 17; 19; 43; 54; 55; 66; 68; 73; 85)

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