August 18 - 24, 2018

Innovation & Technology

Calls for tech talent

Hong Kong has launched two programs in a bid to attract top-notch tech talent. Research institutions or companies undertaking R&D, funded by the Innovation & Technology Fund, and tenants of Hong Kong Science Park and Cyberport can recruit two postdoctoral experts, who have a doctoral degree in STEM-related disciplines. Each person will receive a monthly allowance of up to US$4,102. The government will also subsidize companies in staff-training in advanced technologies. Each eligible company can receive up to US$64,100 per year.

Recruitment

Opportunities for overseas doctors

The Hospital Authority has been recruiting doctors outside Hong Kong to serve in its public healthcare system as Residents and Associate Consultants. They can gain working experience in a range of medical specialties, get a better salary while paying a low income tax and facilitate their plans to pursue a medical career in the city. The recent passage of new law has extended the period for overseas-trained doctors to work in Hong Kong from 1 to 3 years.  For upcoming recruitment details, visit http://www.ha.org.hk and click on “Careers and Medical”.

Logistics & Transport

High-speed rail to start in September

The Hong Kong section of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link will start operation on Sep 23, offering direct trains to 44 destinations in mainland China through the national high-speed rail network. They include 6 short-haul locations in Guangdong and 38 long-haul destinations in other major cities.

Education

First veterinary medicine program

Hong Kong’s first and only degree program in veterinary medicine at City University of Hong Kong, in conjunction with Cornell University, has got government’s support and funding. Speaking at the naming ceremony for the Jockey Club College of Veterinary Medicine and Life Sciences (Aug 20), Chief Executive Carrie Lam said the six-year program will allow the city to build a local pool of vet surgeons and benefit public health.

Sports

First golds at Asian Games

Equestrian Jacqueline Siu won Hong Kong’s first gold medal at the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia. She edged out competitors from Malaysia and South Korea in the Individual Dressage (Aug 23). This was the city’s first equestrian medal at an Asian Games. Adding another gold medal to the bag is gymnast Shek Wai-hung, who successfully defended his champion title in the Men’s Vault event (Aug 24).

Politics

Letter move deeply regretted

Chief Executive Carrie Lam has expressed deep regret over a pro-independence activist‘s letter to the US President. In response to media questions on advocate Chan Ho-tin‘s move to urge the US President to review the Hong Kong-US Policy Act and to kick China and Hong Kong out of the WTO (Aug 21), Mrs Lam said no sensible and reasonable Hong Kong resident would condone such a move. “Everybody should take the interests of Hong Kong into heart.” Mrs Lam said using the word “inappropriate” to describe Chan’s act did not fully reflect the public outcry and anger that it had aroused.

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: Can Hong Kong still conclude and implement agreements with foreign states and regions or international organizations, and participate in international conferences?

A: Hong Kong continues to play an active role in the international arena and maintains close contact with its international partners. The HKSAR may on its own, using the name “Hong Kong, China”, maintain and develop relations and conclude and implement agreements with foreign states and regions and relevant international organizations in the appropriate fields. Since Hong Kong’s return to the Motherland, the HKSAR Government, authorized by the Central Authorities, has concluded over 160 bilateral agreements with foreign states in accordance with the Basic Law, including air services agreements, visa abolition agreements and mutual legal assistance agreements. (BL Articles 96; 133; 151; 152; 155)

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