May 12 - 18, 2018

Senior Appointment

New Commissioner to the United States

Eddie Mak (pictured right) has been announced as the new Hong Kong Commissioner to the US, starting on July 3, 2018. He will succeed Clement Leung, who has served in the position since February 2014. Leung will begin a new post as the Permanent Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development (Communications and Creative Industries) on June 12, 2018. Mak previously served as the Director-General of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Washington. He said he looked forward to enriching economic, trade and cultural ties between the US and Hong Kong.

Innovation and Technology

Local R&D gets funding boost

More than 20 Hong Kong-based labs and research centers have received national funding as a result of new rules announced by the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology and the Ministry of Finance which allow Hong Kong institutions access to the mainland’s science and technology funding. Chief Executive Carrie Lam welcomed the support for local IT growth (May 15), noting the policy change would foster development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong- Macau Bay Area. Academics hailed the move for adding to the international appeal of Hong Kong in attracting foreign investors and scientists in collaboration with locals.  

HKETONY News

Scallywags lauded for can-do spirit

Hong Kong Commissioner to the US, Clement Leung, commended Scallywag Skipper David Witt and his team for continuing the Volvo Ocean Race (VOR) in honor of their late teammate and friend, John Fisher (May 13). Speaking at HKETONY’s welcome reception in Newport, RI, Leung called the Scallywags’ fortitude exemplary of Hong Kong’s “can-do” spirit. The Scallywags will join 6 other teams in the In-port race tomorrow and Sunday before departing Newport for Cardiff, Wales. The Hong Kong Pavilion at the VOR Village will continue until May 20, offering visitors interactive games, giveaways, an Instagram competition, and cultural activities.   

Getting to know Hong Kong's rising star in Chicago

Hong Kong actor Ling Man-lung was presented with the Bright Star Award for his film debut in "Tomorrow is Another Day" at the HKETONY-sponsored Asian Pop-Up Cinema Festival in Chicago (May 16). The US premiere of the drama funded by Hong Kong Film Development Fund played to a full house of enthusiastic cinephiles. HKETONY Director Joanne Chu congratulated Ling and director Chan Tai-lee in person, and stressed the need to continue to promote Hong Kong cinema in the US.

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: Is Hong Kong still an easy place to visit for tourists or international business people?

A: Yes, very much so. Hong Kong has autonomy in immigration control. It maintains its own immigration laws and procedures and has a very liberal visa policy. As of September 2014, 151 countries or territories have granted visa-free access or visa-on-arrival to HKSAR passport holders. (BL Articles 154; 155)

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