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What's New

Mutual enforcement of court rulings on civil/commercial matters

The 6th of its kind since 1997, the new agreement (Jan 18) signed on reciprocal recognition and enforcement of judgements in civil and commercial matters will reduce the need for re-litigation of the same disputes in both places. It will thus offer better protection to the parties’ interests. It also covers IP rights cases, which will help innovative industries in the Greater Bay Area. Details here.

Mutual enforcement of court rulings on civil/commercial matters
   
Businesses expect slower growth

One in fifth HK businesses surveyed has anticipated a challenging Q1 economic outlook citing slower growth and rising transport costs, according to the Census and Statistics Department (Jan 18). Details here.

Businesses expect slower growth
   
Gov’t committed to promote I&T: CE

Chief Executive Carrie Lam addressed top-notch STEM talents of Heidelberg Laureate Forum(Jan 17) who are gathering in HK, adding that the Gov’t has committed US$10 billion towards a variety of I&T initiatives. Plus, under the new Technology Talent Admission Scheme, tech talents are provided with a fast track to work in HK in areas such as biotech, AI, cybersecurity, robotics and data analytics. Details here.

Gov’t committed to promote I&T: CE
   
Single E-lock network expands to increase efficiency

The number of clearance points under the Single E-lock Scheme in Guangdong Province will be increased from 32 to 51, with a new checkpoint set up in Zhuhai. The scheme will enhance cross-border cargo clearance efficiency, benefiting truck shipments through the HK-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge. Details here.

Single E-lock network expands to increase efficiency
   
HKIAC-HKMC to mediate CEPA investment disputes

The Gov’t has named the HK International Arbitration Centre’s Mediation Council a designated institution to handle disputes between Mainland Chinese investors and the SAR Gov’t, under the newly implemented CEPA Investment Agreement which seeks to promote fairer and fuller protection for investors.

HKIAC-HKMC to mediate CEPA investment disputes
   
Creations and trends presented at HK Fashion Week

The largest of its kind in Asia, the 50th edition of HK Fashion Week for Fall/Winter welcomed some 1,400 exhibitors from 11 countries and regions during its four-day run (Jan 14-17) which featured a number of fashion parades and industry seminars. Details here.

Creations and trends presented at HK Fashion Week
   
Tributes pour for HK’s first Chinese prosecutor, Dr Patrick Yu

On the passing of Dr Patrick Yu (余叔韶), 96, who was one of HK’s most distinguished and well-respected advocates, Chief Justice Geoffrey Ma and Secretary for Justice Teresa Cheng both expressed their deepest condolences. The first ethnic Chinese to be appointed Crown Counsel during the 50s, Yu had helped found the city’s first law school at the University of Hong Kong. Details here.

Tributes pour for HK’s first Chinese prosecutor, Dr Patrick Yu
   
Air purification feature set to run at new Island highway

A state-of-the-art air purification system, the first in HK and, one of the largest in the world, will start running in the tunnel of the Central-Wan Chai Bypass and Island Eastern Corridor Link when the latter opens to traffic on Jan 20. The new feature will effectively remove at least 80% of the air pollutants such as particulate matter and NO2. The new bypass highway, which includes a tunnel, from Central to North Point, will greatly ease traffic flow along the northern part of Hong Kong Island.

Air purification feature set to run at new Island highway
   
HKUST, Harvard, Stanford & UCL to partner for neurodegenerative diseases research

The four top universities will join forces to establish the Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases, first of its kind in HK, focusing on Alzheimer's disease. Chief Executive Carrie Lam said she was hopeful the collaboration would lead to significant advances in the diagnosis and treatment. Details here.

HKUST, Harvard, Stanford & UCL to partner for neurodegenerative diseases research
   
HKETO-NY Arts Activators 2019 announced

Two arts administrators from HK, Alice Wong and Ian Leung, have been selected as the new HKETO-NY Arts Activators administered by the Yale-China Association. They will spend the next 6 months at Yale campus , taking courses and partnering with arts and creative bodies in the New Haven community to generate works and insights that will help push forward HK’s growing arts and cultural landscape. Details here.

HKETO-NY Arts Activators 2019 announced
   
DNY calls on Chinese Consul General

HKETONY Director Joanne Chu called on Chinese Consul General in New York Huang Ping (Jan 15). Director Chu updated him on the latest developments in Hong Kong, including the city's infrastructure projects as well as briefed him on the office's efforts in promoting to US businesses the opportunities in Hong Kong under the Belt & Road Initiative. Regional Director (Americas) of HKTDC Ralph Chow also joined the meeting. Consul General Huang took up the appointed post in late 2018.

DNY calls on Chinese Consul General
   
Asian Financial Forum seeks innovative ideas

Bringing people together, creating connections, finding ways to excel … HK remains open and inclusive, embracing challenges as opportunities, said Financial Secretary Paul Chan at the annual two-day Asian Financial Forum (Jan 14) where business leaders and financial regulators from over 40 countries and regions discussed a wide range of topical issues such as fintech and cyber security. Details here.

Asian Financial Forum seeks innovative ideas
   
Judiciary hosts ceremonial opening of Legal Year 2019

Chief Justice Geoffrey Ma has stressed the importance of an independent judiciary at the opening of the Legal Year (Jan 14), saying judges are free from any outside interference and their only mission is to uphold the rule of law. Justice Secretary Teresa Cheng, meanwhile, highlighted the importance of common law to HK, adding that any unwarranted misunderstanding and malicious attacks on judges should not be tolerated. Details here.

Judiciary hosts ceremonial opening of Legal Year 2019
   
Air Transport Licensing Authority follows up on airliner finance

The Air Transport Licensing Authority has requested the Hong Kong Airlines to provide additional clarifications to ensure they are meeting their financial obligations under the laws. Details here.

Air Transport Licensing Authority follows up on airliner finance
   
HK universities to boost research capability

Chief Executive Carrie Lam has stressed the importance of upgrading the research capabilities of the higher education institutions with a view to the development of HK as a global I&T hub, in a meeting with the University Grants Committee members (Jan 11). Details here.

HK universities to boost research capability
   
Minimum wage to rise from May 1

HK is set to raise the statutory minimum wage from HK$34.5 (US$4.4) per hour to HK$37.5 (US$4.8) on May 1, which is also the Labour Day public holiday. Details here.

Minimum wage to rise from May 1
   
Paternity leave in HK to rise to 5 days

HK male employees with a child born on or after Jan 18, 2019 could enjoy paternity leave entitlement of 5 days, up from 3 under current laws. Details here.

Paternity leave in HK to rise to 5 days
   
HKMA hosts cross-border fintech collaboration meeting

Regulators from 18 jurisdictions took part in a high-level fintech roundtable held by HKMA (Jan 9). The themes were on strengthening cross-border fintech collaboration among jurisdictions in order to bring greater convenience and efficiency while ensuring financial stability. Details here.

HKMA hosts cross-border fintech collaboration meeting
   
HK, Japan sign MOU on arbitration and mediation

As one of the top int’l arbitration centers, HK signed an MOU with Japan (Jan 9) to lay down framework for the two places to strengthen co-operation on issues relating to int’l arbitration and mediation and to facilitate the development of the related professional services. Details here.

HK, Japan sign MOU on arbitration and mediation
   
HK spares no effort in combating human trafficking

A high-level inter-bureau/departmental steering committee was formed last March to tackle trafficking in persons and enhancing protection of foreign domestic helpers, Secretary for Security John Lee said (Jan 9). He added that a total of 15 UN human rights conventions are applicable to HK and the gov't is actively taking actions to identify victims, investigate, as well as provide victim protection when incidents occurred. Details here.

HK spares no effort in combating human trafficking
   
HK committed to combat money laundering and terrorist financing

As a member of the inter-governmental body Financial Action Task Force (FATF) since 1991, HK has put in place a robust anti-money laundering and counter-financing of terrorism regime over the years, Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury James Lau responded to inquires in the LegCo. From 2003 to 2017, 828 persons were prosecuted for money laundering offences and 620 persons were convicted while proceeds confiscated amounted to over US$20.4 million. Details here.

HK committed to combat money laundering and terrorist financing
   
Overseas doctors facilitated to serve in public hospitals

Measures have been taken to increase doctors’ manpower, said Acting Secretary for Food and Health Dr Chui Tak-yi in the LegCo. There are 10 non-locally trained doctors working in public hospitals under Limited Registration and 5 of them have just gained the Medical Council of HK’s renewal approval. Details here.

Overseas doctors facilitated to serve in public hospitals
   
StartmeupHK features tech innovation

InvestHK’s annual StartmeupHK Festival will run from Jan 21 to 25, offering a unique platform for entrepreneurs, investors, industry leaders, and students to exchange ideas. The convention this year is expected to draw 8,000+ delegates from around the world. They will focus on new trends such as healthtech, retail technology, smart city, AI, and ways to leverage HK’s connectivity to springboard new ventures. Details here.

StartmeupHK features tech innovation
   
Call on overseas HKers to change for new ID cards

For overseas Hongkongers, there’s no need to rush back to Hong Kong to have their ID cards replaced by new smart version, Assistant Director of Immigration Chan Tin-chee said at NY-based WZRC AM1480 about the current ID replacement exercise. Chan said the gov’t is allocating replacement time windows for residents of different age groups. Even if the specified call-up periods for Hongkongers living abroad have expired, they can still have their ID cards replaced by visiting a replacement center within 30 days of their return. They are urged to make appointment online since walk-in slots are subject to availability. Details here.

Call on overseas HKers to change for new ID cards
   
HK’s biggest outdoor farmers’ market opens

The annual 3-day FarmFest being held at Fa Hui Park in Mong Kok (Jan 4-6) features more than 390 stalls selling local agricultural and fisheries products. Visitors can also learn about the latest farming technology and enjoy various fun activities such as cooking demonstrations at the event. Details here.

HK’s biggest outdoor farmers’ market opens
   
Acclaimed Cantonese opera stars to share experience

HK’s Leisure and Cultural Services Department will hold a series of talks to promote the understanding and appreciation of Cantonese Opera from Jan 19 to Mar 16. Renowned stars such as Yuen Siu-fai and Law Ka-ying will share their experience of performing and interpreting the libretti of various well known repertories. Cantonese opera has been added to the UNESCO Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Details here.

Acclaimed Cantonese opera stars to share experience
   
HK Catholic Bishop Michael Yeung dies at 73

Chief Executive Carrie Lam expressed deep sorrow (Jan 3) over the passing of the HK Catholic Bishop, the Most Reverend Michael Yeung. She said that Yeung had led the Diocese to make significant contributions to Hong Kong in areas including medical care, education and welfare services. Yeung was ordained a priest in 1978 and became the head of HK’s Catholic Church in 2017. Details here.

HK Catholic Bishop Michael Yeung dies at 73
   
Film Archive's "Morning Matinee" to feature iconic martial arts duos

Starting February, HK Film Archive will screen the works of 4 iconic action star pairs from different eras at its cinema as part of the "Dynamic Duos: Neck and Neck" programme. Watch the Kung Fu grandmasters such as Kwan Tak-hing and Sek Kin as they staged the successful Wong Fei-hung film series in Hong Kong. Details here.

Film Archive's "Morning Matinee" to feature iconic martial arts duos
   
HK welcomes 2019 with a bang

A fireworks extravaganza lit up the sky over Victoria Harbour to usher in the New Year. More than 300,000 people gathered on both sides of the harbour to watch the 10-minute spectacle. Video here.

HK welcomes 2019 with a bang
   
Butterflies add colour to HK

The mild climate of Hong Kong makes it a perfect home for more than 200 butterfly species. Follow Tam Kin-chung of the Agriculture, Fisheries & Conservation Department to learn about these colourful creatures and their survival skills. Video here.

Butterflies add colour to HK
   
HK’s spending on R&D sees 8% jump in 2017

The gross domestic expenditure on research and development (GERD) in 2017 amounted to US$2.73, an 8% increase YoY, according to the newly released “Hong Kong Innovation Activities Statistics” report. With the introduction of new initiatives to promote I & T such as enhanced tax deduction for R & D expenditure, the level of GERD is expected to further increase in the coming years. Details here.

HK’s spending on R&D sees 8% jump in 2017
   
HK: the IP Trading Hub

The first study dedicated to Intellectual Property manpower in HK revealed that nearly 25,000 of the workforce were engaged in IP trading/management work while legal services play a pivotal role in providing intermediary services. HK’s robust IP protection framework has also provided a favorable environment for various industry groups, such as the creative industry, to flourish. Details here.

HK: the IP Trading Hub
   
Hongkong Post to issue "Year of the Pig” philatelic products

To herald the arrival of the Year of the Pig in 2019, Hongkong Post will release a set of stamps portraying the Chinese zodiac animal in different art forms, namely, cloth art, woodcarving, ceramic and jade. The special stamps, together with associated philatelic products, will go on sale on January 12. Overseas philatelists can place order online here.

Hongkong Post to issue "Year of the Pig” philatelic products
   
Smart Identity Card Replacement Centres commenced operation

The Hong Kong Identity Card Replacement Exercise has started with the opening of nine registration centres across the city (Dec 27). Holders of existing smart HKICs will be invited to one of the Centres, according to their year of birth, to have their cards replaced at specified periods. They are advised to make appointment for the replacement through the website, mobile app or hotline of the HK Immigration Department before visiting the Centres. HK residents who live or study overseas can apply for the new ICs within 30 days of their return to the city. Details here.

Smart Identity Card Replacement Centres commenced operation
   
HK 5G provider applications open

Preparing for the roll out of 5G mobile services as early as April 2019, the Office of the Communications Authority is inviting applications for the assignment of spectrum in the 26 GHz and 28 GHz bands. Interested parties should submit their applications to the OFCA by 5.30pm on January 25, 2019. Details here.

HK 5G provider applications open
   
HK: World's #1 IPO venue in 2018

With 209 companies listed in the HKSE as of Dec 20, raising US$35.8 billion, HK is once again the world's top IPO fundraising market, according to HKEx Chief Executive Charles Li. A total of 28 new economy companies have gone public in HK, including smartphone company Xiaomi and food delivery online service Meituan Dianping, raising US$17.4 billion so far and accounting for nearly half of total IPO fundraising amount. Details here.

HK: World's #1 IPO venue in 2018
   
Re-appointment of HK representatives to APEC’s business advisory group

The Government has re-appointed Dr Allan Zeman of Lan Kwai Fong Group and Dr Jonathan Choi of Sunwah Group as HK representatives to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation’s Business Advisory Council (ABAC) until the end of 2020. ABAC was established in 1996 as a permanent business advisory body to provide advice to APEC on business sector priorities. HK has appointed three representatives to ABAC. Esquel Group’s Marjorie Yang is the other representative. Details here.

Re-appointment of HK representatives to APEC’s business advisory group
   
HK opens its first children's hospital

The first hospital specialized for children in HK, focusing on rare and complex cases, opened its doors on Dec 18, providing services in its specialist outpatient clinics for oncology, nephrology and metabolic medicine. Other outpatient clinics and inpatient services will be commissioned gradually in phases in 2019. Located at the Kai Tak development area, the US$1.7 billion children's hospital consists of two 11-storey towers, with a planned capacity of about 500 day and night beds. Details here.

HK opens its first children's hospital
   
Applications to HK Gov’t Summer ’19 Internship open

Hong Kong students currently studying in the US can apply for the Administrative Service Internship Programme. The government internships offer tertiary students the opportunity to get relevant hands-on experience in the Administrative Service. The applications for HK students studying at overseas tertiary institutions must be sent on or before Jan 25, 2019. Details here.

Applications to HK Gov’t Summer ’19 Internship open
   
Public service broadcasting RTHK celebrates 90 years on air

To mark RTHK's 90th year in public service broadcasting, HK Heritage Museum and RTHK have jointly organized an exhibition to celebrate this developmental milestone. News.gov.hk spoke to the museum curator Judith Ng about the exhibits and special programs that allow visitors to immerse themselves in the city's rich broadcasting history. Video here.

Public service broadcasting RTHK celebrates 90 years on air
   
Zero tariffs for HK-origin goods imported into mainland

A new agreement has been signed (Dec 14) between HKSAR Gov’t and China’s Ministry of Commerce under the framework of the Mainland and Hong Kong Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement (CEPA) that consolidates and updates the commitments on liberalization and facilitation of trade in goods. Starting Jan 1, 2019, goods of HK origin imported into the Mainland will enjoy zero tariffs through the enhanced arrangement for rules of origin. Details here.

Zero tariffs for HK-origin goods imported into mainland
   
Smarter future empowered by AI: S for I&T

With an increasingly vibrant innovation and technology ecosystem, HK has nurtured and attracted the best research talents in AI, Secretary for Innovation and Technology Nicholas W Yang addressed an audience at the HK Applied Science and Technology Research Institute’s summit (Dec 14). He mentioned the Gov’t is providing further incentives for R&D, including the super tax deduction for qualifying R&D activities of 300% for the first US$256,000 of qualifying activities and 200% for the remaining amount. Details here.

Smarter future empowered by AI: S for I&T
   
Smart departure system wins pioneer award

HK Immigration Department's self-service departure system has won the Radiant Pioneer Award from the Asia Pacific Smart Card Ass’n (Dec 12). The smart system using face recognition tech was rolled out at HK Int’l Airport in Oct 2017 and extended to other control points end of last year. Details here.

Smart departure system wins pioneer award
   
Police celebrates 175 years in service in 2019

The HK Police Force will hold a series of activities to mark the Dodransbicentennial, including open days of police stations, guided tours at historic police buildings, exhibitions and a charity concert. Hongkong Post will issue “Our Police Force” special stamps on April 30, 2019. Details here.

Police celebrates 175 years in service in 2019
   
HK to enter 5G era as early as April ’19

HK will be one of the world's earliest adopters of 5G tech. The Communications Authority announced (Dec 13) it will assign the first batch of 4,100 MHz of spectrum that can be used for 5G as early as April for deployment. The fifth generation mobile services represent more than 8X the existing amount of 552 MHz of spectrum being used for 2G, 3G and 4G services in HK. Details here.

HK to enter 5G era as early as April ’19
   
Exponential growth in Regional HQs: InvestHK survey

HK has continued to attract leading overseas and Mainland companies as well as entrepreneurs from around the globe setting up leading edge and innovative businesses. The number of companies setting up RHQs showed a robust growth of 8.3% to 1,530. Enterprises with parent companies located outside HK climbed 6.4% to 8,754 in 2018. Increases were recorded for all the top five economies having set up operations in the city. They are: Mainland China, Japan, the United States, the United Kingdom and Singapore . Details here.

Exponential growth in Regional HQs: InvestHK survey
   
HK values tourism exchange

An int’l tourism convention has been beld to explore ways to leverage the tourism potential of the Belt Road countries and the Greater Bay Area cities. Chief Executive Carrie Lam said central to tourism development is multilateral co-operation and HK will continue to embrace people-to-people bonds. In the same occasion, Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Edward Yau said HK has continued to be the world’s No. 1 destination for 8 years in a row, handling nearly 60 million visitors per year – eightfold of HK’s population. Details here.

HK values tourism exchange
   
IMF commends HK’s robust macroeconomic frameworks

The International Monetary Fund has commended HK in its latest assessment (Dec 12), adding that many years of prudent macroeconomic policies endowed the city with strong buffers to navigate through challenges and ensure continued stability despite increasing risks confronting global growth. Details here.

IMF commends HK’s robust macroeconomic frameworks
   
HK on track to meet carbon emission targets

From 2013 to 2016, HK’s total carbon emissions reduced by about 5% to 41 900 kt, Secretary for the Environment Wong Kam-sing said in LegCo (Dec 12). To meet the 2020 and 2030 carbon emission targets set in the HK Climate Change Report 2015, the Gov’t will continue to optimize the fuel mix, promote wider use of renewable energy. He predicted HK's carbon emissions will peak before 2020. Details here.

HK on track to meet carbon emission targets
   
Meng holds only one valid HKSAR passport at any one time: CE

Due to lingering doubts despite repeated Immd’s statements, Chief Executive Carrie Lam has sought to further clarify that Madam Meng held only one valid Hong Kong SAR passport at any point in time. “She has been issued a few passports over a period since she has obtained the Hong Kong Permanent Resident status because of the specified circumstances that I have explained,” she said in a routine media briefing before ExCo meeting (Dec 11). Video here.

Meng holds only one valid HKSAR passport at any one time: CE
   
New HK$1,000 banknotes set to debut tomorrow

The 2018 New Series HK$1,000 notes and HK$500 notes will be launched in Hong Kong and made available in the banks on Dec 12 and Jan 23, 2019 respectively. The other three denominations of HK$100, HK$50 and HK$20 will enter circulation between mid-2019 and early 2020. Together with the 2018 Series, all other banknotes currently in use will continue to be legal tender. Details here.

New HK$1,000 banknotes set to debut tomorrow
   
Exhibition to mark 40 years of China’s reform and opening up

The “Joint Development · Shared Prosperity” Exhibition organized by the Gov’t Information Services Department at the History Museum in Tsim Sha Tsui has been opened (Dec 11), featuring interesting artefacts and multimedia displays that depict different elements of the unique relationship between HK and the Mainland over the past four decades. “The exhibition traces the remarkable journey of our country and our city, a journey of exploration and collaboration not just in business and finance but also in culture, sports and much more," said Chief Executive Carrie Lam. Details and admissions info here.

Exhibition to mark 40 years of China’s reform and opening up
   
Special measures help HK exporters, SMEs to tide over tariffs

HK Export Credit Insurance Corporation has launched special measures to strengthen protection for HK exporters affected by US tariffs, said Chief Executive Carrie Lam (Dec 11) at the 2018 HK Awards for Industries event. A total of 84 local companies were recognized for their innovation and adaption to advanced technology. Details here.

Special measures help HK exporters, SMEs to tide over tariffs
   
One valid passport at one time: S for S

Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) passport holders can only hold one valid passport at any one time; and the occasion when one may be using both old and new passports will be when the old passport contains a visa which remains valid, despite the cancellation of the old one, said Secretary for Security John Lee (Dec 10). Details here.

One valid passport at one time: S for S
   
Full system in place to ensure passports being issued effectively and accurately: ImmD

In response to media enquiries related to a Hong Kong permanent resident holding more than one HKSAR passport, the Immigration Department (ImmD) has reviewed the relevant records and confirmed that the assessment, issuance and cancellation of the passports of the person concerned had been performed strictly according to the relevant laws and regulations. It reiterated that any HKSAR passport holder shall possess only one valid HKSAR passport at any time. A HKSAR passport holder may apply for a replacement upon expiry, but under some circumstances such as loss or damage etc., holders may apply for replacement before expiry.

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Full system in place to ensure passports being issued effectively and accurately: ImmD
   
U.S. researchers win 2018 Yidan Prize for Education Research

The world’s largest education prize, Yidan, has held its 2018 presentation ceremony (Dec 9) in HK. Chief Executive Carrie Lam presented the Education Research award to Prof Larry Hedges of Northwestern University in recognition of his groundbreaking statistical methods and evaluation of education policy; and the Education Development award to Prof Anant Agarwal of MIT, founder of edX, for making learning more accessible to people around the world via an online open-source platform. Selected from nearly 1,000 nominations from 92 countries, each laureate will receive US$3.87 million in recognition and support of their work. Details here.

   
HK architects honored with International Architectural Award

The Passive & Low Energy Architecture Conference was held in HK for the first time (Dec 10) to promote bioclimatic design and sustainable architecture. In its 34th edition, more than 300 academics, researchers, professionals and students from over 50 countries and regions participated in the 3-day conference at CUHK. One of the awards was jointly received by Ada Fung Yin-suen (Former Deputy Director of Housing) and John NG Cheuk-yee (Former Chief Architect of the Housing Department) for their contributions to provide and improve low-cost, low-energy public housing. Details here.

HK architects honored with International Architectural Award
   
Joint concerted efforts to improve air quality

Some 150 manufacturing enterprises, mostly run by Hongkongers, in Guangdong Province have been recognized for their efforts in pursuing cleaner production as the environmental officials of HK and the province met to discuss and review the environmental protection progress of 2018 in Guangzhou on Dec 7. Both sides will promote the use of cleaner production and offer incentives for enterprises to reduce pollutant emissions. Details here.

Joint concerted efforts to improve air quality
   
HK excels in innovation and IP protection

The growth of patent applications in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area has been phenomenal, said Chief Executive Carrie Lam at the Business of IP Asia Forum (Dec 6). It outnumbered the combined total of Tokyo, New York and San Francisco bay areas last year. She cited two home-made innovations that have gained patents. They’re a spectacle lens designed to slow the progression of myopia in children; and an automated system, the world’s first, for integrity checking of airfield ground lighting. , said HK also ranked top ten within 140 economies in IP protection. Details here.

HK excels in innovation and IP protection
   
Revitalised textiles factories open to applied creativity and innovation

The Mills, a landmark industrial buildings revitalization project in Tsuen Wan, has opened to the public with the aim to connect young arts and fashion creators with HK’s rich history of enterprise and the textile manufacturing heyday. With a floor area of over 24,000 m², The Mills houses an art gallery, a textile industry museum, a start-up incubator and fashion studios. At its opening ceremony (Dec 6), Chief Executive Carrie Lam said it set a good example of the government’s revitalization scheme for industrial buildings to meet HK’s changing social and economic needs. Details here.

Revitalised textiles factories open to applied creativity and innovation
   
HK's robust fiscal position helps withstand headwinds: FS

Hong Kong’s strong fiscal position will help us withstand economic headwinds while investing in the future, said Financial Secretary Paul Chan at a luncheon for world's business leaders (Dec 5). Details here.

HK's robust fiscal position helps withstand headwinds: FS
   
Postal services to US subject to delay

Hongkong Post announced that, as advised by its US counterpart, , Dec 5 had been designated as a National Day of Mourning and mail delivery services would be suspended for one day.

Postal services to US subject to delay
   
HK remains vigilant despite truce: FS

Hong Kong will stay vigilant over market volatilities that may arise from uncertainties in the upcoming talks between the Mainland and the US in the 90-day truce, said Financial Secretary Paul Chan on Dec 3. Meanwhile, Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Edward Yau said the temporary truce was a relief for the short term, adding that the Gov’t would closely monitor the development in medium term while planning long term remedial measures.

HK remains vigilant despite truce: FS
   
Public art wins DFA Awards

The public art project "City Dress Up: Seats.Together" has won three awards at the annual Design for Asia Awards. It comprises a total of 20 sets of public artworks in the form of aesthetically appealing and functional furniture specifically made to echo with the environment and the characteristics of the respective locations in 18 districts. All will be displayed till July 2020. Details here.

Public art wins DFA Awards
   
HKU joins hands with Harvard on precision medicine lab

HKU’s Faculty of Engineering and the Harvard Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Science have signed a pact (Dec 2) to jointly set up a lab in HK to develop instruments for precision medicine and drug delivery. Speaking at the signing ceremony, Chief Executive Carrie Lam said the government is committed to attracting world-leading research institutions to carry out collaborative research. Details here.

HKU joins hands with Harvard on precision medicine lab
   
New e-waste control measures to take place Dec 31

The Environmental Protection Department has reminded the recycling industry that starting Dec 31 HK landfills and other designated waste disposal facilities will no longer receive and handle regulated e-waste such as air-conditioners, refrigerators, washing machines, TVs, computers, and monitors. Import and export of such waste will need to obtain a permit issued by the department. Details here.

New e-waste control measures to take place Dec 31
   
UChicago opens HK campus

The University of Chicago Francis and Rose Yuen Campus, which was opened Nov 30, will be the Asian base for Chicago Booth offering a two-year EMBA program. It will also feature a social innovation program that offers scholarships, social entrepreneurship workshops, and training for NGO professionals. Details here.

UChicago opens HK campus
   
HK universities’ AI researches among top three in the world

Universities in HK ranked No. 3 globally in terms of producing the most highly cited and impactful research on AI, according to citation database Scopus. Speaking at the Hong Kong International Artificial Intelligence Summit (Nov 30), Secretary for Innovation and Technology Nicholas W Yang said the city was well positioned to transform itself into a regional AI hub. Details here.

HK universities’ AI researches among top three in the world
   
HKO x Facebook “1-Minute Weather” video contest

The HK Observatory is hosting a first of its kind time-lapse video competition, calling for interesting weather videos through Instagram. Submission deadline is Jan 31, 2019. Details here.

HKO x Facebook “1-Minute Weather” video contest
   
WTO commends HK's free trade regime

WTO Members commended HK again for its free and open trade regime at the WTO Trade Policy Review meeting in Geneva (Nov 28). HK’s liberal approach to trade and investment has enabled it to obtain some of the highest rankings in major world indicators of competitiveness, economic freedom and ease of doing business, said chairperson of the WTO Trade Policy Review Body, Ambassador Eloi Laourou. Details here.

WTO commends HK's free trade regime
   
More Nordic startups in HK

Located in Central’s creative hub, PMQ, the Nordic Innovation House in HK has been opened Nov 28 aiming to attract more Nordic startups to set up their business in Asia and in the Greater Bay Area. Welcoming the new platform, Chief Executive Carrie Lam said HK was one of the top five fastest-growing startup centers globally, with I&T a Gov’t policy priority. Details here.

More Nordic startups in HK
   
Gov’t assisting HK enterprises in weathering China-US trade conflicts

The Gov’t has rolled out a number of measures to assist SMEs affected by the trade friction, including alleviating their financial burden through the Financing Guarantee Scheme, the Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Edward Yau told legislators in HK (Nov 28). Meanwhile, HK will continue to establish stronger bilateral ties with like-minded trading partners and deepen economic integration with different parts of the world. Details here.

Gov’t assisting HK enterprises in weathering China-US trade conflicts
   
HK suspends import and sale of California romaine lettuce

The import and sale in HK of romaine lettuce grown in California has been suspended with immediate effect, HK’s Centre for Food Safety announced Nov 27. It came after the U.S. authorities notified that the produce from California might have been contaminated with E coli. Details here.

HK suspends import and sale of California romaine lettuce
   
World Men bowling tournament first held in HK

Attracting about 300 top-flight bowlers from far and wide, the 2018 CGSE · Million Tinkle World Men Bowling tournament is being held in HK for the first time.The world-class bowling championship, running for 11 days until Dec 5, has been accorded the "M" Mark, or Major Sport event, status. Chief Secretary for Administration Matthew Cheung spoke on the Gov’t resource allocation to a matching grant under the "M" Mark System with a view to encouraging the business sector to sponsor large-scale sports events. Details here.

World Men bowling tournament first held in HK
   
Finance & auditing professionals discuss measures against money laundering

HK's anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing regime have been significantly enhanced over recent years, said Josephine Kwan, PwC audit partner in HK, during a forum hosted by the Financial Services Development Council and the Open University of HK (Nov 23). Details here.

Finance & auditing professionals discuss measures against money laundering
   
Caution urged for travelers to Istanbul and Ankara

Travelers to Turkish cities Ankara and Istanbul have been advised to stay alert in view of threats. The Security Bureau adjusted (Nov 23) the travel alert from red, which denotes a significant threat, to amber, which calls for caution. Details here.

Caution urged for travelers to Istanbul and Ankara
   
Skip romaine lettuce amid E coli concerns: food safety authorities

HK’s Centre for Food Safety has warned the public to avoid consuming romaine lettuce from the United States and Canada because of possible E coli infection. The centre also held all romaine lettuce imported from the two countries starting from Nov 22 for testing. Details here.

Skip romaine lettuce amid E coli concerns: food safety authorities
   
The University of Law to open first int’l campus in HK

The University of Law from the UK has opened an office (Nov 22) in preparation for the establishment of its first int’l campus in HK slated for opening next year. HK’s legal education and training landscape has grown rapidly while maintaining its English common law origins, said the university's Vice-Chancellor Prof Andrea Nollent. Details here.

The University of Law to open first int’l campus in HK
   
CE: HK a global logistics hub

Hong Kong is well-placed to provide world-class maritime services thanks to the city’s strong foundation in the logistics sector and adaptability to the changing market, said Chief Executive Carrie Lam at the opening of 2018 Asian Logistics and Maritime Conference (Nov 20). There’re over 8,700 overseas and Mainland companies in various sectors. Among them over 1,500 are regional headquarters and some 2,400 are regional offices. Details here.

CE: HK a global logistics hub
   
Gov’t determined to foster and attract talent

HK has recently invested heavily in education, with an expenditure increased by almost 10 per cent per annum across the board in the past two years, said Chief Executive Carrie Lam. While she’d try to get more details about the World Talent Ranking report, e.g. its survey cut-off date, she said the ranking would push us to do better. She was commenting on the report published by IMD Business School which saw HK’s ranking drop by six places this year to 18th. Details here.

Gov’t determined to foster and attract talent
   
Karolinska Institutet’s Lau Centre celebrates 2nd anniversary

Chief Secretary for Administration Matthew Cheung said as the first overseas branch for the prestigious medical school, the Lau Centre had brought HK's potential in biotechnology R&D to the international stage. He was speaking at the 2nd anniversary of Karolinska Institutet Ming Wai Lau Centre for Reparative Medicine (Nov 20). The centre originated from Sweden focuses on accelerating research in stem cell biology, biomedical engineering and regenerative medicine. Details here.

Karolinska Institutet’s Lau Centre celebrates 2nd anniversary
   
CE underscores free trade benefits at APEC

Chief Executive Carrie Lam has attended the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) 2018 Economic Leaders’ Meeting in Papua New Guinea (Nov 18), highlighting HK’s unique role in int’l trade and the "One Country, Two Systems” arrangement. Mrs Lam said the city would continue to promote free trade, including expanding the FTA network. Details here.

CE underscores free trade benefits at APEC
   
Stricter liquor law to close retail loophole

Any alcohol retail outlets including websites, or social networking apps will have to display signs about the new law that takes effect Nov 30. Those who sell or supply alcohol to under-18s will face a max. fine of US$6,410. Stores that do not display the bilingual signs will face fines up to US$3,205. Details here.

Stricter liquor law to close retail loophole
   
Guinness World Records Attempt: Most Nationalities in Tai Chi Class

Make it the most diverse Tai Chi class ever: people of 60 nationalities participated at the Int’l Social Service HK Branch’s 60th anniversary Tai Chi class (Nov 18), cherishing the traditional Chinese exercise and HK’s diversity and inclusiveness. Details here.

Guinness World Records Attempt: Most Nationalities in Tai Chi Class
   
Maritime Week 2018 draws on HK’s strength

At the opening of the HK Maritime Week 2018 (Nov 18), Secretary for Transport and Housing Frank Chan said maritime, trading and logistics have all along been the pillar industry of HK. Through tax benefits and other measures, the Gov’t will gear up support to grow high value-added maritime services such as ship leasing, marine insurance, and related business activities. Details here.

Maritime Week 2018 draws on HK’s strength
   
CE refutes US report on Hong Kong

Speaking to the media in HK prior to departing for APEC meeting (Nov 15), Chief Executive Carrie Lam said the recent US Congress report (issued by the US-China Economic & Security Review Commission) had made unfounded accusations against HK. She noted that while “one country, two systems” principle had been successfully implemented, the US had a US$34.5 billion trade surplus with HK and any change to US trade policy would not only be unfair but would also affect US interests. Details here.

CE refutes US report on Hong Kong
   
HK’s Q3 GDP grows 2.9%

HK has posted a 2.9% economic growth in the third quarter despite the growing trade tension between China and the US, boosted by steady consumer spending. The jobless rate remains at 2.8% in Aug - Oct, same as that of Jul - Sep. The latest economic report forecasts slower growth in coming quarters given the Sino-US dispute. Details here.

HK’s Q3 GDP grows 2.9%
   
First civic organization formed to advocate cultural understanding

With over 260,000 non-Chinese ethnic minorities, the Federation of HK Ethnic Communities was formed (Nov 16) to foster cultural understanding. Chief Secretary for Administration Matthew Cheung congratulated the Federation, stressing that the Gov’t is committed to building an inclusive and caring society. Details here.

First civic organization formed to advocate cultural understanding
   
Three historic HKU buildings declared monuments

The Gov’t has declared the exteriors of Fung Ping Shan Building, Eliot Hall and May Hall at the University of Hong Kong as monuments, meaning that the buildings will be permanently preserved. Eliot Hall, named after its first Vice-Chancellor, was opened in 1914 as the second student residential hall. Details here.

Three historic HKU buildings declared monuments
   
Hong Kong, Australia agrees on FTA

Hong Kong has reached a deal with Australia on a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and an Investment Agreement (Nov 15). Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Edward Yau hailed the agreements for bringing bilateral trade and investment ties to a new height. Details here.

Hong Kong, Australia agrees on FTA
   
Call to contain conflicts thro. dialogues: SCED

Secretary for Commerce & Economic Development Edward Yau has called on APEC members to redouble efforts to contain the escalating trade conflicts through constructive dialogue, at a plenary session of the 30th APEC Ministerial Meeting in Papua New Guinea (Nov 15). Details here.

Call to contain conflicts thro. dialogues: SCED
   
“Godfather of HK politics” Chung Sze-yuen dies at 101

HK’s political heavyweight Dr Chung Sze-yuen, Convener of the first Executive Council of the HKSAR, has passed away (Nov 14) aged 101 years. Chief Executive Carrie Lam expressed deep sorrow over the passing of Dr Chung. Referring to his years of outstanding public service, Mrs Lam said that with distinguished achievements in areas including politics, education, medical care and engineering, he earned deep respect from members of the public. Details here.

“Godfather of HK politics” Chung Sze-yuen dies at 101
   
HKSARG responds to US-China Commission report

In response to media enquiries, HK Gov’t has made a response (Nov 14) to a report issued by the United States-China Economic and Security Review Commission. The Gov’t reiterates that it has all along been handling HK affairs strictly in accordance with the “one country, two systems” principle, the Basic Law and the laws of HK. Foreign legislatures should not interfere in any form in the internal affairs of the HKSAR. Details here.

HKSARG responds to US-China Commission report
   
Liquor sale law to take effect late this month

The new legislation prohibiting the sale and supply of intoxicating liquor (more than 1.2% ethyl alcohol by volume) to minors under 18 years old will take effect Nov 30. The law applies to face-to-face distribution, online distribution as well as sale in vending machines. It carries a max. fine of US$6,410. Details here.

Liquor sale law to take effect late this month
   
Defending freedoms is my obligation: CE

Chief Executive Carrie Lam has reiterated her constitutional obligation to safeguard civil liberties in HK. Respondng to media questions on the recent Tai Kwun’s venue decision (Nov 13), Mrs Lam said the Gov’t had no involvement in the incident. Details here.

Defending freedoms is my obligation: CE
   
Illicit import of cannabis a criminal offence: HK Customs

The Customs and Excise Department has reminded members of the public that illicit import of cannabis is a criminal offence in HK. It carries a max. penalty of life imprisonment and a fine of US$641,026. Illicitly possessing, or smoking, inhaling, ingesting or injecting dangerous drugs is subject to a maximum prison term of seven years and a fine of US$128,205. Details here.

Illicit import of cannabis a criminal offence: HK Customs
   
HK playing to its strengths in China’s opening up

Chief Executive Carrie Lam has met with Chinese President Xi Jinping and the Vice Premier of the State Council Han Zheng in Beijing (Nov 12) along with the 160-plus-strong HK delegation in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the reform and opening up of the country. Mrs Lam said that as the doors of the country's reform and opening up will be opened wider and wider, HK's role as the gateway and the hub connecting to the world will become even more prominent and the city's advantages under "one country, two systems" will be even more notable. Video here.

HK playing to its strengths in China’s opening up
   
Day-long events to celebrate Cantonese Opera

Cantonese opera has been added to the Unesco representative list of intangible cultural heritage. With the landmark Chinese opera venue, Xiqu Centre, to open at West Kowloon cultural hub(Jan 20, 2019), the Leisure and Cultural Services Department will hold the 16th Cantonese Opera Day on Nov 25 (Sunday) at the HK Cultural Centre and the HK Space Museum featuring excerpts and operatic songs; talks; demonstration workshops on Cantonese opera stylized movement and posture. Details here.

Day-long events to celebrate Cantonese Opera
   
Boosting cooperation

Chief Secretary Matthew Cheung has met with senior reps of several int’l organizations in Geneva (Nov 7-9) to update them on HK's developments. In a meeting with WHO Assistant Director-General and Chef de Cabinet Bernhard Schwartlander, Cheung stressed HK’s close ties and cooperation with the WHO on public health issues. Cheung also called on the Director-General of the Int’l Labour Organization Guy Ryder and briefed him on HK’s efforts in enhancing employees' benefits. Details here.

Boosting cooperation
   
5th China Int’l Circus Festival - HK performance to be staged at Cultural Centre Piazza

World-class circus artists will perform in the 5th China International Circus Festival - HK performance next Tuesday (Nov 13) from 2pm to 3.30pm at the Cultural Centre Piazza, featuring exciting acrobatics and entertaining circus acts. Admission is free on a first-come, first-served basis. Details here.

5th China Int’l Circus Festival - HK performance to be staged at Cultural Centre Piazza
   
HK hosts Asia’s largest digital media conference

More than 40 speakers from major news and social media outlets, including Facebook, Google, New York Times, Reuters, and Wall Street Journal, have shared their experience and insights in Digital Media Asia held in Hong Kong. In the three-day event ending Nov 9, over 400 top executives and thought leaders took part in masterclasses and shared views on case studies and best practices pivotal for editorial and strategic decision-making. They also recognised, in the Asian Digital Media Awards, publishers who have adopted digital media and mobile strategies to cater to changes in how people consume news and information. The awards were jointly presented by WAN-IFRA-World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers and Google. Details here.

HK hosts Asia’s largest digital media conference
   
HK implements UN Sanctions on South Sudan

HK has adopted the United Nations sanctions against South Sudan imposed by the UN Security Council. The law prohibition against the supply, sale, transfer or carriage of arms or related materiel to the country in East-Central Africa took effect on Nov 9. Details here.

HK implements UN Sanctions on South Sudan
   
Top-notch R&D centers to be set up for collaboration

Hong Kong and the Chinese Academy of Sciences have signed an MOU to set up a CAS-affiliated institution in the city (Nov 8). The world-class institution, with research clusters on healthcare technologies, AI and robotics, will be set up at the Hong Kong Science Park. Details here.

Top-notch R&D centers to be set up for collaboration
   
West Kowloon Mediation Centre opens

The West Kowloon Mediation Centre (WKMC) has opened (Nov 8) with a pilot scheme for small claims launched at the same time. Secretary for Justice Teresa Cheng hoped more cases could be handled by mediation which is less costly than a court hearing and focuses on the interests of those concerned in search for a solution. Various mediation schemes had been administered by non-profits and they have recorded up to a 89% settlement rate. Details here.

West Kowloon Mediation Centre opens
   
Cyberport continues to attract startups and nurture HK unicorns

There’s a record number of over 1,200 tech companies and startups operating in Cyberport, said Secretary for Innovation and Technology Nicholas W Yang at the opening ceremony of Cyberport Venture Capital Forum (Nov 8), the annual two-day event of the I&T hub. Amount the tech companies, 25 startups have attracted over US$497 million of investment funding during the first half of 2018-19 fiscal year. The Gov’t will be a strong backer and delighted to see more unicorn successes such as home-grown Klook, an online travel agency, having landed US$200 million in its latest Series D funding and looking to hit the US$1 billion bookings this year. Details here.

Cyberport continues to attract startups and nurture HK unicorns
   
HK premiere of FDF-subsidized film "Napping Kid" 《逆向誘拐》

“It’s not a movie, it’s a game,” said film director Amos Why (Ho-Yin Wong) of “Napping Kid” (2018), a Film Development Fund-subsidized film that has premiered in HK (Nov 8). Starring David Siu, Ng Siu-hin and Cecilia So, the movie is about a blackmail case in which the blackmailer sends a ransom email to an international investment bank and threatens to disclose its clients’ confidential files to the public if the bank refuses to pay the ransom. Details here.

HK premiere of FDF-subsidized film "Napping Kid" 《逆向誘拐》
   
Customs and lifestyle of Chaoshan region showcased

A rare exhibition featuring the Chaozhou woodcarving craftsmanship will open at the HK Museum of History on Nov 8. With about 120 displays, the “Gilded Glory: Chaozhou Woodcarving” exhibition will reveal the practical uses and artistic qualities while giving a taste of the customs and humanistic spirit of Chaoshan people in Guangdong. Chaozhou woodcarving has been inscribed onto the first national list of intangible cultural heritage. Details here.

Customs and lifestyle of Chaoshan region showcased
   
Classic cops-and-gangsters films selected for screening

The HK Film Archive of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department has selected five classic cops-and-gangsters films produced in the 1980s for its flagship programme “100 Must-See Hong Kong Movies”. The screening will take place in North District Town Hall in December. Details here.

Classic cops-and-gangsters films selected for screening
   
Condolence point set up to mourn Dr Louis Cha

Remembering “Jin Yong,” the renowned wuxia novels writer and veteran journalist, Dr Louis Cha, who passed away Oct 30, the HK Heritage Museum will set up a condolence point outside the Jin Yong Gallery from Nov 12 to 30 for members of the public to pay tribute to the legend. Details here.

Condolence point set up to mourn Dr Louis Cha
   
Human rights in HK fully protected

The Chief Secretary for Administration, Matthew Cheung, has reiterated at the UNHRC Universal Periodic Review meeting in Geneva (Nov 6) the full protection of human rights in HK enshrined in the Basic Law, HK Bill of Rights Ordinance and other laws. The rule of law, an independent judiciary and freedom of speech are amongst the city's core values. Details here.

Human rights in HK fully protected
   
RTHK celebrating 90 years of public service broadcasting

Since June 1928, Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK) has been providing public service broadcasting to serve the people of HK and beyond. A special exhibition "90 Years of Public Service Broadcasting in HK" will be open to the public at the HK Heritage Museum on Nov 7. Details here.

RTHK celebrating 90 years of public service broadcasting
   
World's first cross-border fintech event, ends on high note

Packed with presentations and panel sessions covering all key aspects of financial technology (fintech), the five-day HK Fintech Week has drawn to a successful close in Shenzhen (Nov 2). The 3rd HK Fintech Week drew more than 8,000 attendees from over 50 economies, more than 260 world-class speakers, 100 exhibitors, and 60 start-ups. Financial Secretary Paul Chan highlighted the rapid growth of HK's fintech sector while startups enjoy the Government's strong backing. Details here.

World's first cross-border fintech event, ends on high note
   
HK's experiences shared at China Int’l Import Expo

Jointly organized by the HK Government and the HK Trade Development Council, a seminar to explore the unique role of HK as the gateway to China's Import and Export has been held at the first China International Import Expo in Shanghai (Nov 6). Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Edward Yau cited historic moments that demonstrated HK strengths in tapping the Mainland Chinese market in the country’s opening and reforms. He was robust in HK’s active role in the Belt and Road Initiative and development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area. Details here.

HK's experiences shared at China Int’l Import Expo
   
Import of poultry meat and products from Stearns County, Minnesota, suspended

In view of a notification from the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) about an outbreak of low-pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza in Stearns County, Minnesota, the HK Centre for Food Safety has instructed the trade to suspend the import of poultry meat and products, including poultry eggs, from the county with immediate effect to protect public health. Details here.

Import of poultry meat and products from Stearns County, Minnesota, suspended
   
Strategic gateway role showcased at inaugural China Int'l Import Expo

HK will continue to be the strategic gateway for Mainland China and the rest of the world. Participating in the inaugural China International Import Expo, the city is showcasing its unique role and as the ideal platform for helping Mainland enterprises to "go global" and assisting international companies to enter the Mainland market. Details here.

Strategic gateway role showcased at inaugural China Int'l Import Expo
   
Going the distance

The Government’s bold infrastructure investments including the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge, the HK Section of the Express Rail Link and the ongoing construction of a Three-Runway System at the city's international airport, provides a catalyst for sustainable growth in trade, logistics, commerce and tourism. It also establishes HK as a major connection point in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, creating attractive opportunities for overseas investors. Details here.

Going the distance
   
Providing quality elderly care through I&T

Hong Kong is adopting a multipronged approach to enhance the quality of life of the elderly. In addition to introducing elderly-friendly policies and initiatives, the Government will use gerontology, which integrates elderly services with innovation & technology. A new US$128 million I&T Fund will provide subsidy for eligible seniors and rehab services to test and procure or rent technology products.The city also welcomes technology collaborations with other cities and institutions to build a smart and liveable city, said Financial Secretary Paul Chan (Nov 2). Details here.

Providing quality elderly care through I&T
   
Converting food waste into energy

More than 100 HK organizations have pledged (Nov 1) to deliver food waste to O∙PARK1, the city's first organic resources recovery center located in North Lantau. The largest self-sustainable food waste recycling facility in Asia, O∙PARK1 can generate about 14 million kWh of surplus electricity, equivalent to energy consumption by about 3,000 households. It can also reduce some 25,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions each year. Secretary for the Environment Wong Kam-sing said this exemplifies the Government’s commitment to reduce waste and carbon emissions. Details here.

Converting food waste into energy
   
Pivotal gateway to China: FS

Hong Kong will continue to play a pivotal role connecting the Mainland and the rest of the world, serving as China's international financial, trade, shipping and innovation and technology center, said Financial Secretary Paul Chan at a forum (Nov 1). The Government will play the role of "promoter" and "facilitator," diversify the economic base, remove supply-side constraints in land and manpower, and deepen economic co-operation with the Mainland. Details here.

Pivotal gateway to China: FS
 
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