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Budget 2019-20

February 19, 2019 - The Financial Secretary, Mr Paul Chan, will deliver the 2019-20 Budget on February 27, 2019. Details here.

The 2019-20 Budget
   
HK welcomes Greater Bay Area development blueprint

February 19, 2019 - HK has welcomed the promulgation by the Central Government of the Outline Development Plan for the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (Feb 18). Chief Executive Carrie Lam said the Gov’t had actively participated in the drafting process. The comprehensive plan that involves HK and Macau SARs and nine southern Chinese cities highlighted HK’s strengths in market-driven mechanism, I&T, international connections as well as identifying new areas of growth for HK. Details here.

HK welcomes Greater Bay Area development blueprint
   
Corporate summer intern scheme 2019 accepts applications

February 19, 2019 - Eighteen leading companies in HK are participating in the Gov’t scheme to provide more than 280 mainland and overseas summer internship places for college students who hold a valid HK Permanent ID Card. Internship placements cover industries such as financial services, the energy sector, property development and management, and public utilities services. Details here.

Corporate summer intern scheme 2019 accepts applications
   
Key Economic indicators

February 19, 2019 - Merchandise trade volume in Dec 2018 fell 7.4% year-on-year. Details here.

Key Economic indicators
   
HK Customs seizes 40kg of rhino horns

February 14, 2019 - Rhino horns, with an estimated market value of US$1 million, have been seized from two arriving air passengers at HK International Airport (Feb 14). HK is continuing its efforts in combatting illegal import of endangered species. Anyone found guilty of importing an endangered species faces a maximum fine of HK$10 million (US$1.28 million) and up to 10 years in jail. Details here.

HK Customs seizes 40kg of rhino horns
   
HK’s IFC role highlighted in Dublin

February 14, 2019 - Aside from offering traditional financial services, HK aims to grow and expand to take on leadership roles in I&T, trade and finance sustainability, and regional connectivity, said Secretary for Financial Services & the Treasury James Lau at the fourth European Financial Forum in Dublin (Feb 14). Details here.

HK’s IFC role highlighted in Dublin
   
Hong Kong Commissioner Hosts Chinese New Year Reception in Washington, DC

February 13, 2019 - Some 700 guests attended a Chinese New Year reception in Washington, D.C. on February 13 organized by the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office to celebrate the Year of the Pig. Speaking to a diverse crowd which included congressional and administration officials, Eddie Mak, Hong Kong Commissioner to the United States, emphasized Hong Kong’s commitment to free trade principles and its support for the multilateral trading system. Details here.

Hong Kong Commissioner Hosts Chinese New Year Reception in Washington, DC
   
HK Customs seizes million worth of smuggling goods during LNY holiday

February 12, 2019 - A 27-day special operation has been carried by the Customs before and during the Lunar New Year at the airport, seaport, land boundary, railway and ferry control points in a bid to combat smuggling and other illegal activities involving endangered species, drugs, and infringing products. The Customs seized US$16.7 million (HK$130 million) worth of items and arrested 1,203 persons in connection. Details here.

HK Customs seizes million worth of smuggling goods during LNY holiday
   
Most HKers value IP rights protection: survey

February 12, 2019 - Most of those respondents in a government survey share the view that IP rights protection is instrumental to the development of local creative industries and the overall economic development of HK. Details here.

Most HKers value IP rights protection: survey
   
New law changes to enhance IP regime

February 8, 2019 - Legal amendment is on the way to implement the Madrid Protocol and the mechanism thus provided will enable businesses to save time and cost in obtaining and managing international trade mark registrations. It will empower the Customs and Excise Department to enforce criminal provisions against acts of trademark infringement. Details here.

New law changes to enhance IP regime
   
Postal services to United States resume normal

February 8, 2019 - Hongkong Post announced (Feb 8) that, as advised by US authorities, postal services to the Midwest have returned to normal after the cold spell.

Postal services to United States resume normal
   
Stunning fireworks on 2nd day of Lunar New Year

February 8, 2019 - Spectacular fireworks have lighted the sky above Victoria Harbour (Feb 6) and delighted thousands of tourists and locals viewing from both sides of the harbour. Details here.

Stunning fireworks on 2nd day of Lunar New Year
 
HK celebrates with CNY Night Parade

February 5, 2019 - On Chinese New Year day, Feb 5 (Hong Kong time), tourists and locals enjoyed the yearly CNY Night Parade along Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront. It featured a glittering procession of sumptuously decorated carnival floats and delightful dances of 20+ local and international performing groups. Among them were NFL Atlanta Falcon’s cheerleaders and Chicago’s dancing group Hiplet Ballerinas. Celebrating the festive moment with the audience, Chief Executive Carrie Lam said the CNY celebration would continue with a fireworks extravaganza, a well-wishing festival, brilliant lantern displays and much more. (Photo credit: ISD; SCMP(below))

 
   
Wishing everybody A Healthy and Prosperous Year of the Pig

February 4, 2019 - Chief Executive Carrie Lam sent her Lunar New Year greetings on this auspicious day (Feb 5). Details here.

Wishing everybody A Healthy and Prosperous Year of the Pig
   
Support multilateral trading system: HK Commissioner to US

February 4, 2019 - At a spring reception in Atlanta (Jan 31), Commissioner Eddie Mak said HK would continue to remain a free trade practitioner and supporter of the multilateral trading system, despite growing global trade tensions and the rise of protectionist sentiment. Details here.

Support multilateral trading system: HK Commissioner to US
   
Girl Power: Young HK female chefs scoop top awards

February 4, 2019 - In a male-dominated catering industry, 5 young graduates from HK’s Chinese Culinary Institute have formed the first-ever female chef team to compete at the 2018 Asian Culinary Exchange in Shanghai last October. “The Misty Rain of Jiangnan” was the theme they selected for their dishes which won them the Distinguished Styling Award. Details here.

Girl Power: Young HK female chefs scoop top awards
   
HK welcomes Lunar New Year with unseasonably warm weather

February 4, 2019 - Temperatures across most parts of HK rose on Feb 4 to 25 degrees Celsius (77 degrees Fahrenheit) or above, making it the mildest at this time of the year since 1953, while the Observatory noted the past January was one of the warmest in record. Details here.

HK welcomes Lunar New Year with unseasonably warm weather
   
HK seizes record-breaking amount of pangolin scales

February 1, 2019 - HK Customs has seized 8,300 kg (18,300 pounds) of suspected pangolin scales and 2,100 kg (4,600 pounds) of suspected ivory tusks from a 40-foot container ship that was supposed to be transporting frozen beef from Nigeria to Vietnam. It was as a result of a joint raid with their Mainland counterparts. The haul is the largest endangered species smuggling seizure the city has ever recorded. Details here.

HK seizes record-breaking amount of pangolin scales
   
HKSAR passport getting more visa-free convenience

February 1, 2019 - The total number of countries and territories that offer visa-free entry or visa-on-arrival to HKSAR passport holders has gone up to 165, with Panama and Armenia lately joining the roll, on Feb 10 and Mar 3, respectively. Details here.

HKSAR passport getting more visa-free convenience
   
HK UNESCO Global Geopark Visitor Centre gets new look

February 1, 2019 - The revamped visitor center is set to open on Feb 7, featuring new exhibits including 3D miniature models which allow visitors to learn about the changes and characteristics of HK’s geology as well as the oldest outcrops known to mankind (3.9 billion years old rock from Acasta Gneiss in Canada) and in China (3 billion years old rock from Baijiafen Gneiss). Details here.

HK UNESCO Global Geopark Visitor Centre gets new look
   

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