July 27 - August 2, 2018

Government

Annual recruitment to start in September

The Hong Kong civil service recruitment will start in September and interested job-seekers must sit for the Common Recruitment Examination and a Basic Law test as a prerequisite for applying for posts at the degree or professional level. Interested candidates in the US who are eligible to apply can sit for the tests in New York and San Francisco on Dec 8. The application period for overseas candidates starts Sep 22 till Oct 5. More information can be found here.

Sports

Largest delegation bound for Asian Games

The largest Hong Kong delegation ever, comprising 580 athletes, will compete in the upcoming 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia (Aug 12 - Sep 2). Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam expressed confidence that the sportsmen would showcase the Olympic values of Excellence, Friendship and Respect, and demonstrate to the world the Hong Kong spirit. She also reiterated government support and resources committed for elevating sports talents to the highest level. The number of fulltime elite athletes has more than doubled in the past six years, to 460.

Environment

Further restrictions on ivory trade 

Laws governing ivory trade in Hong Kong have been further tightened, with the ban on import and re-export of pre-Convention ivory taking effect Aug 1. This followed the ban on import and re-export of elephant hunting trophies on May 1. The local trade in all ivory (except antique ivory) will also be completely shut down by Dec 31, 2021 under an endangered species protection law.

Meteorology

First Chinese to head world meteorological setup

Director of the Hong Kong Observatory Shun Chi-ming has become the first Chinese to head a technical commission of the World Meteorological Organization. Since taking up the helm in 2010, Mr Shun spearheaded a number of projects to ensure that the agency remained at the forefront of meteorological services. He also steered the establishment of the Asian Aviation Meteorological Centre in conjunction with Mainland counterparts, and the launch of an electronic flight bag mobile application “MyFlightWx”.

HKETONY Event

Publicizing civil service recruitment

In a talk to 20-plus visiting undergrads from Hong Kong (Aug 2), Acting Director of HKETONY Michael Kwan gave an overview on the office activities to promote closer HK-US ties. He also spoke on the upcoming civil service recruitment and highlighted the areas that potential candidates should take note of.  

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 people still enjoy a wide range of personal freedoms?

A: Chapter III of the Basic Law guarantees a wide range of personal freedoms to be enjoyed by Hong Kong people. The provisions of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, and international labor conventions as applied to Hong Kong continue to remain in force. (BL Articles 27-39) The extensive personal freedoms of Hong Kong people are borne out by, for instance, the facts that processions and assemblies are a part of every-day life in Hong Kong, and that newspapers regularly comment on or criticize government decisions and policies and people say what they want in Hong Kong’s open society.

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