October 5 - 11, 2017


Policy blueprint to invest for a better Hong Kong

In her first policy address (Oct 11) titled “We Connect for Hope and Happiness”, Chief Executive Carrie Lam has implemented what she set out in her election manifesto, addressing both pressing and long-term concerns of Hong Kong people in areas such as housing, youth engagement and diversified economy. Some initiatives will go even further than the election pledges, such as a significant reduction of the already low profits tax rate to single digit to enhance competitiveness. A lot of measures, institutional and financial, will be in place to promote innovation and technology. There will be further incentives to attract talents from overseas to work in the city. More details here .

Hong Kong enjoying high degree of autonomy

Hong Kong exercises a high degree of autonomy and "Hong Kong people administering Hong Kong", strictly in line with the Basic Law. In response to a US congressional report on China, which cast doubt on the city's autonomy, a government spokesman said (Oct 6) the successful full implementation of the "one country, two systems" principle had been widely recognized by the international community.


WTO Informal Ministerial Gathering

In Morocco for the World Trade Organization Informal Ministerial Gathering (Oct 9-10), Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Edward Yau met  the 11th World Trade Organization Ministerial Conference Chair Susana Malcorra. He also met Chinese Vice Minister of Commerce Wang Shouwen and discussed the importance of upholding the rule-based multilateral trading system and issues of mutual concern. The gathering was part of the preparatory work for the 11th WTO Ministerial Conference to be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in December. Mr Yau will serve as one of the Vice Chairs of the Ministerial Conference.


Health chief attends WHO regional meeting

Secretary for Food and Health Professor Sophia Chan attended the 68th session of the World Health Organization Regional Committee for the Western Pacific in Brisbane, Australia (Oct 9). More than 300 representatives from 37 member states and areas took part in the meeting. The meeting agenda discussed regional health issues, including eliminating major communicable diseases; financing of priority public health services; strengthening regulation of medicines and the health workforce; improving food safety; and health promotion for sustainable development.

Arts & Culture

New Artistic Director appointed

The West Kowloon Cultural District (WKCD) Authority has appointed Alison Friedman as Artistic Director, Performing Arts (Oct 11). She will help strengthen the artistic vision and direction ahead of the opening of major performing arts venues in the WKCD over the coming years. With 17-year working experience in China, Ms. Friedman has undertaken broadening and deepening exchanges between artists as well as developed arts education and immersion programs. She is the founder of the cultural exchange organization Ping Pong Productions (in 2010) and was the US Fulbright Scholar to China (2002-2003).


Scholarship applications open

Applications for the Scholarship for Excellence Scheme are open until December 29. Eligible Hong Kong students who intend to pursue undergraduate or postgraduate studies at world-renowned universities outside Hong Kong from the 2018-19 academic year can apply. Selection will be based on academic achievements and other personal attributes.

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: Are Hong Kong people administering Hong Kong with a high degree of autonomy?

A: The National People’s Congress (NPC) authorizes the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region to exercise a high degree of autonomy and enjoy executive, legislative and independent judicial powers, including that of final adjudication, in accordance with the Basic Law. Except for defence, foreign affairs and other matters for which the Central Authorities are responsible under the Basic Law, Hong Kong people are administering our affairs within our autonomy under the Basic Law. We are not even required to pay taxes to the Central People’s Government (CPG). (BL Articles 2; 12-17; 19; 22; 106)

Hong Kong Basic Law


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