May - June, 2011 <Text Only Version>

Gregory So Appointed Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development

Gregory So Kam-leung has been appointed as the Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development (SCED).  Mr. So succeeds Rita Lau Ng Wai-lan who resigned for health reasons in April 2011.

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Government Welcomes Google Report on Economic Impact of Internet

The Hong Kong government welcomed the findings of a report released by Google Hong Kong on the contribution of the Internet to Hong Kong’s economic vitality, saying it has reaffirmed Hong Kong’s position as a leading digital city.

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Chief Executive Visits Microsoft Hong Kong

The Chief Executive, Donald Tsang, recently visited two multinational corporations to keep abreast of their businesses in Hong Kong and the job opportunities they bring to young people.

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Cleaner Air in Hong Kong Ports

Seventeen major freight liners have signed up to the Fair Winds Charter and committed themselves to switching to cleaner fuel when berthing in Hong Kong.  The program will cut emissions of air pollutants substantially near the port area.

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U.S. Bridge to Asia

The United States’ ambitious goal to double exports over five years under the National Export Initiative (NEI) has placed Hong Kong at the center of America’s big push into Asian markets, particularly the Chinese mainland.

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Hong Kong Signs Tax Treaty with Czech Republic

On June 6, the Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury, Professor K C Chan, signed in Prague an agreement with the Czech Republic for the avoidance of double taxation and the prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to taxes on income on behalf of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government.

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International Study Ranks Hong Kong Students' Digital Reading Literacy

The Education Bureau (EDB) is pleased to note that Hong Kong students performed well in digital reading literacy in the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) 2009.

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Boost for Hong Kong's Development as an International Arbitration Hub

The Hong Kong government will provide additional floor space at Two Exchange Square for the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC) to expand its hearing and office facilities, the Secretary for Justice, Wong Yan Lung, SC, announced at a reception jointly organized by the Department of Justice and HKIAC to promote arbitration.

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Seminar Strengthens Intellectual Property Awareness Among Hong Kong and Guangdong Firms

On June 23, the "2011 Guangdong/Hong Kong Seminar on Intellectual Property (IP) and the Development of Small and Medium Enterprises (Zhaoqing)" was held in Zhaoqing.

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Hong Kong and Member States of European Free Trade Associations Sign FTA

Hong Kong and the member states of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA), namely Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland, signed a free trade agreement in Liechtenstein, marking an important milestone in trade relations between the two sides.

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16th Annual "Made in Hong Kong" Film Festival

This summer, the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, in conjunction with the Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, presents its 16th Annual “Made in Hong” Film Festival.

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Hong Kong Dining City Restaurant Week

A worldwide dining phenomenon arrives in Hong Kong in July, with the debut of Hong Kong Dining City Restaurant Week.

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Establishment of Hong Kong Economic, Trade and Cultural Office in Taiwan

The Hong Kong government recently announced its plan to establish within this year the Hong Kong Economic, Trade and Cultural Office in Taiwan to further promote long-term cooperation and exchanges between Hong Kong and Taiwan.

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Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office Welcomes News Deputy Director-General

In May, Kenneth Chan joined the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office as Deputy Director-General.  He takes over the post from Maurice Loo who returned to Hong Kong to work in the Financial Services and the Treasury Bureau.

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