August 25 - 31, 2018

Recruitment

First Talent List unveiled

Experts and specialists in 11 professions from all over the world are welcome to Hong Kong without the need to have secured a job offer. Under the Talent List, the first of its kind, eligible persons who meet the requirements of the respective profession will have bonus marks in applying for immigration. The professions are from such sectors as innovation & technology, maritime, creative industries, finance, legal and waste management. Applications under the Quality Migrant Admission Scheme started Aug 28. The Talent List will be updated regularly and details can be found in a dedicated website. Chief Secretary for Administration Matthew Cheung said this initiative will enhance the city’s competitive appeal to international talents, and propel the city forward.

Innovation & Technology

Research fellowship application opens

With enhanced funding in May 2016, Hong Kong’s Health and Medical Research Fund has supported mid-career professionals in public health policy research. Application for the Research Fellowship Scheme is open for studies in non-communicable diseases, with priority given to smoking, alcohol drinking, unhealthy diet and physical inactivity. The application, open to full-time employees of government funded tertiary institutions, should include an overseas or local training program. The application guidelines can be found here.  

Technology deployed to improve senior care

To cope with the challenges of an aging population, gerontechnology would help improve lives and care for seniors. For example, the Logistics & Supply Chain MultiTech R&D Centre has developed tracking and positioning systems to enable care-givers to monitor the locations of elderly persons and dementia patients. Later this year, the government will launch a US$128 million Innovation and Technology Fund for Application in Elderly and Rehabilitation Care, providing subsidy for elderly and rehabilitation centers to buy or rent tech products. Global innovative technology products will be featured at the second Gerontech and Innovation Expo cum Summit at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (Nov 22-25).

Co-investment Partner of ITVF named

Radiant Tech Ventures Fund has been selected as a co-investment partner of the Hong Kong Government’s I&T fund, which was set up in 2017 to encourage private funding initiatives (Aug 30). Joining five other funds earlier announced, these companies will invest in local technology start-ups.  

Arts and Culture

Exhibition revisiting comedy grandmaster’s contribution

Hong Kong’s grandmaster of comedy Leung Sing-por (1908-1981) is remembered on the 110th anniversary of his birth with an exhibition at the Hong Kong Film Archive through Oct 29. Affectionately known as “Uncle Por”, he was a versatile performer, whose charisma flowed from stage to screen in a career spanning more than 60 years. Best remembered for his cigar-smoking image and role in Cantonese drama “A Bachelor’s Love Affair” (1953), Leung never forgot his roots on the Cantonese opera stage, playing the comic male role or “chousheng”. He also brought a lot of laughter and relaxing moments to families in 1970s Hong Kong hosting the most popular TV entertainment show.

Hong Kong Arts Festival to feature US works

Hong Kong Arts Festival has unveiled part of its 2019 program lineup, which includes two internationally renowned US stage productions – Zhou Long's Pulitzer Prize-winning opera “Madame White Snake” (Mar 8-9), and “Home” (Mar 14-16), created by American immersive theater artist Geoff Sobelle.

Sports

Bagging more golds in Asiad

Hong Kong cyclist Sarah Lee won two gold medals in the Women's Keirin and the Women's Sprint at the 18th Asian Games in Indonesia (Aug 28 and 31) while her teammates Cheung King-lok and Leung Chun-wing stormed to victory in the Men's Madison (Aug 31). In squash, it was a one-two finish, when Au Chun-ming and Lee Ho-yin clinched the gold and silver respectively in the Men’s Singles event (Aug 26).

Greater equine cooperation

Cooperation between Hong Kong and mainland China in the areas of veterinary science, and equine health has received a boost with the opening of the Hong Kong Jockey Club Conghua Racecourse within the internationally recognized Conghua Equine Disease Free Zone (EDFZ) in Guangdong. The high-tech facility will serve Hong Kong racecourses as well as spur the growth of equestrian sport in the Bay Area.

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 foreign enterprises still participate fully in Hong Kong's economy?

A: Yes. Hong Kong welcomes and encourages the participation of foreign enterprises, and provides a level playing field for all. There are no foreign exchange controls in Hong Kong and no restrictions on the trading of gold, securities, futures and the like. The Basic Law stipulates that Hong Kong shall maintain the status of a free port, pursue the policy of free trade and safeguard the free movement of goods, intangible assets and capital. (BL Articles 112; 114; 115)

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