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What's New

Xiqu Centre to open in January

Xiqu Centre, the first landmark performing arts venue at West Kowloon Cultural District (WKCD), will officially open its doors on Jan 20 next year, with a performance of the Cantonese opera classic“The Reincarnation of Red Plum”. Designed by Bing Thom Architects (now Revery Architecture) and Ronald Lu Architects, the Centre features a 1,073-seat main theatre, a 200-seat tea house theatre, arts education and rehearsal facilities, and an atrium. Details here.

Xiqu Centre to open in January
   
CE hosts DNA Nobel laureate James Watson

Chief Executive Carrie Lam hosted the molecular biologist James Watson, Nobel Prize winner in Physiology or Medicine in 1962 at the Government House (Oct 15). Lam and the Nobel laureate who co-discovered the structure of DNA exchanged views on HK’s latest development in I&T. Details here.

CE hosts DNA Nobel laureate James Watson
   
HK athletes register best-ever results in 2018 Asian Para Games

The heroes are home. Team HK won a record-breaking 48 medals, comprising 11 gold medals, 16 silver medals and 21 bronze medals in the Indonesia 2018 Asian Para Games. Stunning successes include winning the first gold medal in boccia and breaking the Asian Para Games record and the Asian record in swimming. Secretary for Home Affairs Lau Kong-wah welcomed the athletes at HK Int’l airport (Oct 14) as Chief Executive Carrie Lam extended her congratulations. Details here.

HK athletes register best-ever results in 2018 Asian Para Games
   
HK students shine at the “Oscars of the ICT”

The delegation led by the Government Chief Information Officer Victor Lam brought home 19 awards among 260-plus entries (Oct 13), best-ever showing for HK at the 18th Asia Pacific Information and Communications Technology Alliance (APICTA) Awards. The annual conference is hosted by member-economies and was held in Guangzhou, China this year. Projects designed by HK students and young professionals competed in 10 categories, comprising innovative ideas such as multilingual AI customer service. Details here.

HK students shine at the “Oscars of the ICT”
   
Kids’ colourful view of HK’s future sets Guinness records

Seven talented primary school children aged between 8 and 12 have created a Guinness World Records-breaking 14m work of art under the theme of "Future Hong Kong” at UBS Mega Art Project (Oct 12). Congratulating the young artists, Chief Secretary for Administration Matthew Cheung reiterated government’s resolve and funding commitment to education as key to HK’s future. Details here.

Kids’ colourful view of HK’s future sets Guinness records
   
Alan Kwan and friends to host jazz lecture demo series

Locally groomed and US-trained jazz guitarist Alan Kwanwill host a lecture demo series entitled “Jazz Classics: Let's Listen, Let's Jam!” in the next two months. In a series of six lectures, Kwan will talk about the influences behind and share some interesting stories about various modern jazz masters. Tickets and details here.

Alan Kwan and friends to host jazz lecture demo series
   
HK to revitalize high-end manufacturing

Joined by German Consul General to HK Dieter Lamlé, Chief Executive Carrie Lam officiated at an unveiling ceremony of "A Great Leap Towards Industry 4.0 – Now & Beyond" (Oct 11) where she pledged support for HK enterprises in producing innovative smart products and services. By setting up a US$25.5m Re-industrialization Funding Scheme, the Gov’t will subsidize manufacturers to set up smart production lines in HK. Details here.

HK to revitalize high-end manufacturing
   
Policy Address gives impetus to I&T: S for IT

Secretary for Innovation and Technology Nicholas Yang called upon the public (Oct 11) to support Government's efforts to gear up I&T, including expediting re-industrialization, promoting R&D and technology transfer, building HK as a smart city, and developing the Greater Bay Area into an international I&T hub. Details here.

Policy Address gives impetus to I&T: S for IT
   
Research funding boost to drive I&T goals: SED

Elaborating on the Policy Address measures, Education Secretary Kevin Yeung said (Oct 11) additional research funding -- US$2.55bn to be injected the Research Endowment Fund to help attract and retain talents -- will help drive forward HK’s potential as a global innovation and technology center. Details here

Research funding boost to drive I&T goals: SED
   
CE identifies land supply, economic diversification as priorities in policy blueprint

Chief Executive Carrie Lam has delivered her 2nd annual policy address (Oct 10) entitled “Striving Ahead, Rekindling Hope,” mapping out the current-term Government’s priorities. The administration will ease the housing shortage by boosting land supply through reclamation, revitalization of industrial buildings, and conversion of brownfield sites. On the growing US-China trade friction, the Government will provide support for affected enterprises. Details here.

CE identifies land supply, economic diversification as priorities in policy blueprint
   
Number of overseas and Mainland companies in HK continues to grow

The number of business operations in HK with parent companies overseas and in Mainland China climbed to 8,754 in 2018, compared to 8,225 a year ago. By sector, import/export trade, wholesale and retail topped the list (3,950), followed by financing and banking (1,806), and professional, business and education services (1,262). Details here.

Number of overseas and Mainland companies in HK continues to grow
   
Top court gets new judge

Justice Andrew Cheung Kui-nung, the Chief Judge of the High Court, has been appointed as a permanent judge of the Court of Final Appeal with effect from Oct 25. Meanwhile, Justice Robert Tang Ching has been appointed as a non-permanent Hong Kong judge of the top court for a term of three years with effect from the same date. Details here.

Top court gets new judge
   
Policy Address set for Wed

Chief Executive Carrie Lam will release her 2018 Policy Address in the Legislative Council at 11am on Wednesday (Oct 10) (Hong Kong time). People can tune into the live broadcast of the speech, the subsequent press conference and the TV forum. Details here.

Policy Address set for Wed
   
Contractors suspended to bid for government works

The Government has banned Leighton Contractors (Asia) Ltd. from bidding for any major construction projects for a year, due to its work on the MTR's Shatin-Central Link. The other joint venture partners, Samsung C&T Corp. and Hsin Chong were given four months' suspension while China State Construction Engineering (HK) Ltd. banned for three months. Details here.

Contractors suspended to bid for government works
   
Core values of freedom of expression and reporting safeguarded: CE

Chief Executive Carrie Lam has reiterated that freedom of expression, freedom of reporting are core values in Hong Kong. “As the Chief Executive, I and the HKSAR Government will safeguard all these rights as enshrined in the Basic Law," she added. Responding to media questions on Oct 9, she dismissed the link of the visa row to a recent talk as “pure speculation”. Details here.

Core values of freedom of expression and reporting safeguarded: CE
   
Multi-functional smart lampposts to be installed

The Government will progressively install about 400 multi-functional smart lampposts in the next three years in four urban locations, to enhance the collection of real-time city data, including traffic flow, concentration of pollutants in the air, and improve the 5G and WiFi network coverage. The first 50 smart lampposts are expected to come into operation in Kwun Tong and the Kai Tak Development Area before mid-2019. Details here.

Multi-functional smart lampposts to be installed
   
HK to promote design thinking

Joined by IDEO partner Tom Kelley, Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Edward Yau officiated the Hong Kong Design Centre’s 4-year propelling design thinking programme (Oct 6), aiming to unleash the potential of HK as a creative city through the promotion of design thinking across different sectors. Details here.

HK to promote design thinking
   
Full 47th HKAF line-up revealed

The 47th Hong Kong Arts Festival is set to run from Feb 21 to Mar 23, 2019. Advance ticket bookings with 15% discount will open on Oct 11. The full lineup for HK's leading arts festival presenting theatre, dance, classical, jazz and world music is here.

Full 47th HKAF line-up revealed
   
Logistics and shipping sector embraces technology

The logistics and shipping sectors have embraced innovation and technology, which enhances efficiency in customs clearance and saves transshipment time. One of them was the adoption of a cross-boundary single e-lock system, developed by the Logistics and Supply Chain MultiTech R&D Centre (LSCM) in collaboration with the Customs and Excise Department in 2016. The government-supported LSCM is developing a trade facilitation platform and an e-arbitration cloud service platform, said Secretary for Innovation and Technology, Mr Nicholas W Yang, at the LSCM Logistics Summit 2018 (Oct 5). Details here.

Logistics and shipping sector embraces technology
   
Enhanced relief measures for SMEs

SCED Edward Yau has unveiled a raft of enhanced measures to help SMEs tie over the foreseeable hardship amidst the heated US-China trade dispute. They included extension of the maximum loan guarantee period and increase of guaranteed loan ceiling. Details here.

Enhanced relief measures for SMEs
   
Hong Kong's efforts to tackle tax evasion and avoidance recognized

Recognizing Hong Kong's efforts to tackle tax evasion and avoidance through its participation in the OECD's Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters, the European Union has amended and updated its watch list on tax co-operation, effective Oct 2. Details here.

Hong Kong's efforts to tackle tax evasion and avoidance recognized
   
CE congratulates winners of 2018 Lui Che Woo Prize

Chief Executive Mrs Carrie Lam has led the chorus of praises for the 2018 recipients of Lui Che Woo Prize, a home-grown international award. She congratulated the Pratham Education Foundation, for the Positive Energy Prize; the World Meteorological Organization, for the Welfare Betterment Prize; and Mr Hans-Josef Fell, recipient of the Sustainability Prize. Their singular contributions to the elimination of illiteracy, the reduction of the impact of natural disasters, and the development of renewable energy respectively, have helped point to a brighter as well as more inclusive and caring future for all. Details here.

CE congratulates winners of 2018 Lui Che Woo Prize
   
Chicago-premiere of “The Concerto of the Bully” draws crowd

The romantic comedy “The Concerto of the Bully” (2017) has opened to an enthusiastic audience in its premiere screening in Chicago (Oct 2). Director Fung Chih Chiang and art director Chet Chan who attended the HKETONY-sponsored screening shared their creative process. Mr Fung said the tranquil seaside and the transcending power of music had inspired him to write and direct the movie. Details here.

Chicago-premiere of “The Concerto of the Bully” draws crowd
   
Seizing new opportunities: CE

Hong Kong has been a “contributor” and “beneficiary" in China's reform and opening up. We'll continue to reinforce and enhance our global competitiveness by proactively seizing opportunities arising from the development of the Belt and Road and the Greater Bay Area, said Chief Executive Carrie Lam at the National Day Reception in Celebration of the 69th Anniversary of the Founding of the People's Republic of China (Oct 1). Details here.

To seizing new opportunities: CE
   
HK Observatory taking global role

Hong Kong Observatory has signed an MOU with the World Meteorological Organization to further strengthen regional and international meteorological cooperation. As the designated Regional Specialized Meteorological Centre for Nowcasting in Asia, the HKO will provide information and forecast in predicting severe weather. Details here.

HK Observatory taking global role
   
Hong Kong Arts Centre is 40

The Hong Kong Arts Centre is celebrating its 40th anniversary with “Wan Chai Grammatica: Past, Present, Future Tense”, an exhibition featuring 20 artists from Hong Kong or who are intimately connected with the city. The exhibition also marked the reopening of the center after nearly three years of renovation. Details here.

Hong Kong Arts Centre is 40
   
Law sector to embrace IT

Besides fintech, lawtech is becoming increasingly important, noted Chief Executive Carrie Lam (Sep 28) at the opening ceremony of a Belt and Road conference organized by the Law Society of HK. The conference focused on the development and application of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the legal sector and its impact on multijurisdictional transactions. Digital transformation has been essential for practitioners as they handle highly confidential information on a daily basis. Mrs Lam said she was excited to see the debut of Innotech Law Hackathon, an IT application that enhances information security and access to justice in B&R jurisdictions. Details here.

Law sector to embrace IT
   
Application for HKETONY-ACC Fellowship Program opens

Hong Kong art professionals keen to expand their horizons through cultural exchange in New York are invited to apply for the HKETONY-ACC Fellowship Program. This marks the third time the HKETONY is partnering with the Asian Cultural Council to offer this unique opportunity for the city's artists. HKETONY-ACC Fellow and new media artist Otto Li, who recently returned to Hong Kong after completing the six-month residency program in New York, will share his experience with potential applicants at the ACC Hong Kong office on Oct 15. The application is now open till November 16 (Hong Kong time). For applications: www.asianculturalcouncil.org.hk/

Application for HKETONY-ACC Fellowship Program opens
   
Hong Kong bears strong testimony to benefits of free trade: SCED

Free trade promotes growth and benefits the world, and Hong Kong bears strong testimony to this as the 7th largest merchandise trading entity in the world despite its small size, the Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Edward Yau said at a luncheon during his visit to Washington, DC (Sep 26). He also underscored that HK is well positioned in the evolving global economic and trade architecture and the era of innovation and the digital economy. Details here.

Hong Kong bears strong testimony to benefits of free trade: SCED
   
HK welcomes overseas doctors

Over the years, Hong Kong has developed a highly efficient healthcare system and achieved impressive health outcomes for its population. During a talk in London (Sep 26), Chief Secretary for Administration Mr Matthew Cheung highlighted new opportunies for overseas doctors to work in HK, including the Hong Kong Children's Hospital set to open later this year, a vibrant biomedical technology community, and career opportunities in the Department of Health. Details here.

HK welcomes overseas doctors
   
New emergency service to be launched

The Fire Services Department will launch a new service on Oct 4 to provide post-dispatch advice and help personnel of the call centers in providing callers with immediate, comprehensive and appropriate advice on more than 30 types of injuries and sicknesses. The same protocol developed by the International Academies of Emergency Dispatch has been adopted by some 3,000 emergency mobilizing centers in more than 40 regions, including mainland China and the United States. Details here.

New emergency service to be launched
   
Hong Kong schools recognized for going green

A number of primary and secondary schools have been recognized for promoting green education and practicing the habit of “use less, waste less”, and adopting reusable food containers to serve a balanced meal to students. Details here.

Hong Kong schools recognized for going green
   
Hong Kong to continue to be open market: SCED

The strong tradition of the rule of law, low level of corruption, highly efficient business environment, a world-class infrastructure and highly professional services, they make Hong Kong an ideal platform for US business and investment, said the Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Edward Yau in a bilateral meeting with the US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross (Sep 25). Mr Yau also emphasized Hong Kong has long been and will continue to be an open market and that the Government will defend the multilateral trading system. Details here.

Hong Kong to continue to be open market: SCED
   
Food truck pilot scheme to extend

The Government has decided to extend the Food Truck Pilot Scheme for two more years to February 2, 2021, aiming to add fun and vibrancy to Hong Kong's tourist attractions. Currently, 15 food trucks are operating at different venues while the Tourism Commission arranges for food trucks to operate at designated mega events. Details here.

Food truck pilot scheme to extend
   
SCED promotes HK’s strengths in DC

Secretary for Commerce & Economic Development Edward Yau has met with experts from the Peterson Institute for International Economics to exchange views on global economic and trade relations on his first day of visit in Washington, DC (Sep 25). He also met with senior US government officials, think tank members and business leaders over dinner hosted by the HKETO, Washington, DC. The US was Hong Kong's second-largest goods trading partner, while Hong Kong ranked 9th-largest among US goods exports destinations. Details here.

SCED promotes HK’s strengths in DC
   
HK ranked as world's freest economy again

Fraser Institute has once again ranked Hong Kong as the freest economy in the world in the Economic Freedom of the World 2018 Report (Sep 25). Singapore retained the 2nd place, followed by New Zealand, Switzerland and Ireland. Among the five areas of assessment, Hong Kong was ranked top in “Freedom to Trade Internationally” and “Regulation”, and was ranked high in “Size of Government” (4th). The Government welcomed the Fraser Institute's recognition and stated that the hard-earned results vividly reflected the administration’s steadfast commitment to building a free economy with a level playing field. Details here.

HK ranked as world's freest economy again
   
Information sharing website launched to buttress cyber security

Companies and organizations that manage electronic communications networks in Hong Kong, irrespective of size, are eligible to participate in a newly launched government cyber security scheme that promotes cyber security and information exchange. The Office of the Government Chief Information Officer has launched (Sep 24) the Cybersec Infohub (Cybersechub.hk), a two-year pilot programme to be used for free among public and private sectors and the community. It is the first cross-sector cyber security information sharing and collaborative platform in Hong Kong to share advice and expert insights on topics such as mitigation measures and best practices with cyber security experts from different industries. Details here.

Information sharing website launched to buttress cyber security
   
XRL HK Section opens to vast opportunities

Chief Executive Carrie Lam together with Guangdong Governor Ma Xingrui took a ride on the Hong Kong Section of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link after jointly hosting an opening ceremony of the 88.23 mile-long high speed rail (Sep 22). Mrs Lam said the Hong Kong Section, linking up the most rapidly developing leading cities in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, strengthens synergy among the cities and creates more development opportunities. Details here.

XRL HK Section opens to vast opportunities
   
Condolences pour out to Prof Charles Kao

Chief Executive Carrie Lam and other Principal Officials have poured out condolences and their deep sorrow over the passing of Professor Charles K. Kao (高錕), the esteemed “Father of Fiber Optics” and revered “Pride of Hong Kong People” (Sep 23). Professor Kao (1933-2018) was a pioneer in the development and use of fiber optics which had revolutionized the world's modern communication technology. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2009, and received Grand Bauhinia Medal in 2010, the highest award under the HKSAR honours and awards system. He had been the vice-chancellor of the Chinese University of Hong Kong from 1987 to 1996, defining the higher education landscape and the nurture of the next generation. His selfless decision not to use his invention to make money but to share it with the world, allowing everyone to enjoy the fruits of scientific researches, has won wide applause.

Condolences pour out to Prof Charles Kao
   
CE meets Chairman of Foreign Affairs Committee of UK Parliament

Chief Executive Carrie Lam met with the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee (FAC) of the House of Commons of the United Kingdom Parliament, Mr Tom Tugendhat, in Hong Kong (Sep 21) on the latest development and the SAR’s active role in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area. Details here.

CE meets Chairman of Foreign Affairs Committee of UK Parliament
   
New air ticket rules set to enhance transparency

Airlines will need to provide the final price of air tickets and the price breakdown at all times when selling them at their direct sales outlets from Nov 1. The Civil Aviation Department (Sep 21) mandated the breakdown has to show all “must pay” elements of the ticket fare in each quotation or transaction, including the applicable airfare, the passenger fuel surcharge (if levied by the relevant airline), Air Passenger Departure Tax, Passenger Security Charge and Airport Construction Fee. Details here.

New air ticket rules set to enhance transparency
   
HK well positioned as Green Finance Hub

Chief Executive Carrie Lam attended the 2018 Hong Kong Green Finance Forum and setting up of Hong Kong Green Finance Association (Sep 21), announcing that the Government is planning a HK$100 billion (USD 12.8 billion) sovereign green bond issuance programme. She added that HK is well positioned to offer needed financial services as Green Finance Hub when it comes to green bonds, crafting domestic green bond frameworks and encouraging issuers to tap the market. At the launching event, chairman and president of HKGFA Dr. Ma Jun explained green finance can play a critical role in containing global warming and improving the environment. Details here.

HK well positioned as Green Finance Hub
   
Term of non-permanent CFA judges extended

The Chief Executive has accepted the recommendations of the Chief Justice of the Court of Final Appeal to extend the term of two non-permanent judges of the Court of Final Appeal for a period of three years. The two judges are the Hon Mr Justice Syed Kemal Shah Bokharyand The Right Honourable the Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers . Details here.

Term of non-permanent CFA judges extended
   
HK to implement UN Sanctions on ISIL and Al-Qaida

HK has endorsed the United Nations sanctions against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and Al-Qaida imposed by the UN Security Council. The law that bars entry into or transit through the HKSAR by individuals associated with ISIL or Al-Qaida took effect on Sep 21. Details here.

HK to implement UN Sanctions on ISIL and Al-Qaida
   
SCED to visit United States and Canada

Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Edward Yau will embark on duty visits to Washington DC, and Ottawa and Montreal from Sep 23 to 29 to consolidate and strengthen economic ties between Hong Kong and the US and Canada. Mr Yau will also officiate at an event to celebrate the inaugural direct flight between Hong Kong and Washington DC. Details here.

SCED to visit United States and Canada
   
Clean up work continues apace in wake of Super Typhoon Mangkhut

Government departments and their contractors will continue their clean up work over the weekend following the passage of Super Typhoon Mangkhut. They include repairing badly damaged facilities and removing debris and fallen trees with a view to restoring full public services on various fronts. Details here.

Clean up work continues apace in wake of Super Typhoon Mangkhut
   
Pact signed to enhance I&T collaboration

Hong Kong and Mainland China signed co-operation agreements, further cementing scientific and technological collaboration between the two places in six key areas, including scientific research and incubation of I&T industry (Sep 20). Home-grown unicorn SenseTime Group was also named to move forward the national development and planning for the next generation of artificial intelligence. Details here.

Pact signed to enhance I&T collaboration
   
Fostering a caring society

Chief Executive Carrie Lam urged Hong Kong’s business sector to embrace “creating shared value” that will benefit both the companies and society. Speaking at the Philanthropy for Better Cities Forum (Sep 20), she pointed out that the city had made great strides, ranking 25 out of 139 in 2017 “World Giving Index” and, placing 5th out of 39 in this year’s inaugural “Global Philanthropy Report”, published by the Harvard Kennedy School. The government is committed to fostering a caring society, with some 60% of recurrent budget spent on education, social welfare and medical services. The city’s spending on social welfare surged 86% in the past six years. Details here.

Fostering a caring society
   
More support measures for HK firms amid heated trade war: SCED

The Government will keep up dialogue with business chambers and increase insurance coverage and credit support for Hong Kong companies while the US-China trade dispute has escalated, said Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Edward Yau. China will impose a 5 to 10 per cent levy on US$60 billion worth of American goods, following an announced 10 per cent tariff levied on Chinese imports worth US$200 billion by the US. Details here.

More support measures for HK firms amid heated trade war: SCED
   
New animated video for Hongkongers travelling abroad

Ahead of the fall and Christmas travel season, a new animated video has been released to help Hongkongers travelling overseas know more about consular protection and outbound travel safety. The video was a joint publicity effort by the Immigration Department and The Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China. The latter provides consular protection services for Hong Kong people abroad. Details here.

New animated video for Hongkongers travelling abroad
   
Postal services to United States subject to delay

Hongkong Post announced that, as advised by the postal administration of the United States, due to the impact of a hurricane, mail delivery services (including Speedpost, parcels and letter post items) to North Carolina, South Carolina and southwest Virginia with postcodes from 27000 to 29999 and 23000 to 23999 are subject to delay.

Postal services to United States subject to delay
   
Hong Kong works round-the-clock to speedy recovery

Hundreds of civil servants, volunteers and contractors have been working around-the-clock to get the city back to normal after super Typhoon Mangkhut battered the city with wind speeds of up to 250 km/h over the weekend. Mangkhut, the most powerful typhoon since records began in 1946, caused widespread damage and flooding across the city blocking roads and railways. The Hong Kong Spirit shone through with emergency and essential services rising to the huge challenge to remove some 1500 fallen trees, clear roads, clean up debris and get the city back on its efficient feet as quickly as possible. To all those frontline emergency workers who braved the storm, and all those who have been working tirelessly to get the city back to normal - a big "Thank You!" Details here.

Hong Kong works round-the-clock to speedy recovery
   
Speedy recovery in Hong Kong

On the second day since the battering of Super Typhoon Mangkhut, Hong Kong is well on the way to resume fully normal with trunk roads open and rail lines running, after a nonstop territory-wide cleanup of fallen trees and debris. All schools are expected to resume classes on September 19. The two landmark infrastructures - the Express Rail Line and the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge – have withstood the heaviest storm ever recorded in Hong Kong’s history. Funding is available for those most affected for emergency relief and repairs to schools and common facilities.

Speedy recovery in Hong Kong
   
Chief Executive lauds typhoon efforts

Super Typhoon Mangkhut has caused more than 600 roads in Hong Kong blocked while more than 500 locations were reported to have fallen trees and other obstacles such as signs and smashed windows. Schools will close for another day (Sep 18). The HK International Airport runways will be open 48 hours to clear flights. The Hurricane Signal No. 10 — the strongest alert under Hong Kong’s storm warning system — was in force for about ten hours on Sunday (Sep 16), during the onslaught of the most intense storm in Hong Kong’s history. Chief Executive Carrie Lam said the Government has been mobilizing resources and working with relevant organizations to clear roads and repair damaged facilities with a view to returning the city back to normal as soon as possible. Details here.

Chief Executive lauds typhoon efforts
   
HK preps for super typhoon Mangkhut

The Government has mobilised and taken all necessary precautionary measures to get Hong Kong prepared for the onslaught of Super Typhoon Mangkhut and to minimize disruption and potential casualties when it approaches the city on Sunday (Sep 16). The typhoon, which carries the strength of a Cat. 5 hurricane, is the strongest to hit Hong Kong since records started 50 years ago. Measures being taken included the evacuation of residents from vulnerable coastal towns such as the Lantau fishing village of Tai O, and the opening of dozens of emergency shelters throughout the city. Airliners have urged passengers to change flights.

HK preps for super typhoon Mangkhut
   
New Bay Area Web portal launched

A thematic website on the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Bay Area Development has been launched. It includes a lot of timely, useful information in areas such as infrastructure, business facilitation measures and education. The Greater Bay Area comprises the two Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macao, and the nine municipalities of Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Foshan, Huizhou, Dongguan, Zhongshan, Jiangmen and Zhaoqing in Guangdong Province. It has a combined GDP of US$1.5 trillion (comparable to that of New York Metropolitan Area) and a land area about three times the size of San Francisco Bay Area. For new investment, business, job opportunities, click here.

New Bay Area Web portal launched
   
New Fintech initiatives in the pipeline

Hong Kong will launch a raft of initiatives to propel the city to be one of the world’s Fintech hubs, said Chief Executive Mrs Carrie Lam at the launch reception of the Hong Kong FinTech Week (Sep 12). In the pipeline are the Faster Payment System to connect banks and stored value facility operators and a common QR code standard for mobile payment. Licenses for virtual banks will be issued by the first quarter of 2019. To nurture the city’s own talent pool, the Chinese University of Hong Kong has just introduced an undergraduate program in Fintech while the University of Hong Kong has launched Asia’s first Fintech open online course. Details here.

New Fintech initiatives in the pipeline
   
Secretary for the Civil Service starts North America visit

Hong Kong’s Secretary for the Civil Service Joshua Law started the first leg of his North American visit in Boston (Sep 11) visiting renowned institutes including the John F Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. While in Boston, he met with Hong Kong students studying in Boston to learn about their school and daily life. In New York (Sep 12), Mr Law met with government officials of the New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services to exchange views on the management and training of the civil service. Details here.

Secretary for the Civil Service starts North America visit
 
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