August 3 - 9, 2017

Chief Executive

Belt and Road deliberation in Beijing

In Beijing on Tuesday (August 8), Chief Executive Carrie Lam met with He Lifeng, the Chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), to exchange views on Hong Kong’s work in pursuing the Belt and Road Initiative and discuss the signing of a cooperation agreement between the NDRC and the Hong Kong SAR government. “The Belt and Road Initiative has injected new impetus to Hong Kong’s future economic development,” Mrs. Lam said, noting the city’s unique advantages positioning it to benefit from the scheme, such as its strategic location and advanced professional services.

CE wraps up visits to Singapore and Thailand

This week, Chief Executive Carrie Lam completed her first overseas visit since taking office last month, making stops in Singapore and Thailand. During the trip (August 2 to 5), she called on Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, and visited various government departments and places of business. She also paid her respects to the late King of Thailand at the Grand Palace.

Civil Service Exams

Dates announced for CRE and BLT

The Common Recruitment Examination and Basic Law Test for 2017 will be held in Hong Kong on October 7 and 14, and seven other cities including San Francisco and New York in the US on December 2. Applications to take the exam in Hong Kong are open until August 17, while applications to take it overseas will be accepted from September 23 to October 6. The exams are for those who are interested in applying for civil service posts in the Hong Kong SAR Government, including students in their final year of their undergraduate studies. Applicants should be permanent residents of Hong Kong at the time of appointment.

Sports & Gaming

Gaming fever at Hong Kong e-Sports festival

Top gamers from around the world took part in Hong Kong’s first e-Sports and Music Festival, a three-day gaming extravaganza held last weekend (August 4-6) at the Hong Kong Coliseum in Hung Hom. Players from China, North America, and Europe battled it out for glory and prize money, followed by performances by the popular K-pop bands Exo and Super Junior. The event attracted 60,000 visitors, with more than five million people watching the competition live online. The event was one of the programs celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Hong Kong SAR.

Hong Kong set to lead off Formula E season in December

Hong Kong will be the first stop on the 2017 FIA Formula E racing series for electric cars, race organizers have announced. This year’s Hong Kong ePrix will feature double the action, with championship races to be held on both December 2 and 3, making it the first ePrix in Asia to secure double-header status. Viewing stand capacity will also be doubled, allowing almost 15,000 fans to enjoy all the action free of charge. Twenty world-class drivers from 10 international teams will race along a 1.86km circuit, with Hong Kong’s skyline and harbor providing a spectacular backdrop.

Arts & Culture

AYO in North Carolina and New York

The Hong-Kong based Asian Youth Orchestra (AYO) is in the US as part of their summer world tour. The 109-strong orchestra will be joined by prominent violinist Sarah Chang for concerts at Brevard College in North Carolina (tickets here) and the Tilles Center for Performing Arts on Long Island (tickets here), on August 11 and 13, respectively.

Hong Kong drum festival goes international

“East-West fusion” is the theme of this year’s Hong Kong International Drummer Festival, which features performers and composers not only from Asia but also from the US and Germany. Among those taking part in this month’s festival is BYOS, a contemporary American snare drum duo whose style is a mixture of hip-hop and marching band, who will perform in a concert on Friday (August 11) alongside eight local musicians, some of whom will play traditional Chinese instruments such as the erhu, sheng and guqin.


Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in New York

The 27th Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in New York will be held on August 12 and 13, featuring two new boats and a special race dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong SAR. The festival features the NY Championship Race and the US Dragon Boat Open Championship Race, performances by the Shaolin Temple Warrior Monks and the Drum Spirit of China, and folk art and craft demonstrations. And, of course, a food court will serve a culturally diverse menu. The HKETONY is the major benefactor of the multicultural dragon boat festival, having initiated it back in 1991.

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:  Do Hong Kong residents have the right to vote and to stand for election?

A:  Permanent residents of Hong Kong have the right to vote and stand for elections in accordance with law. The sixth Legislative Council of the HKSAR was elected on September 4, 2016. 289 candidates stood for the election. A total of 2.2 million geographical constituency (GC) voters turned out to vote, representing 58% of registered voters in the GCs. 35 Members were returned from five GCs, while the other 35 Members were returned from 29 functional constituencies (FCs) including the District Council (second) FC created in 2012. About 3.2 million registered GC electors who do not belong to any of the 28 traditional FCs can cast one vote each in their respective GC and the District Council (second) FC. (BL Article 26)

Hong Kong Basic Law


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