Policy Address and Budget
The Chief Executive’s Policy Address
The Policy Address is an annual address by the Chief Executive of Hong Kong to the legislature. It explains the philosophy of governance for various policies and puts forward innovative measures to address economic and livelihood issues of public concern. Click here for more.
Every year, the Financial Secretary releases a budget that outlines public expenditure and announces a range of measures to diversify Hong Kong's economy, grasp regional and global opportunities and promote emerging and traditional pillar industries. Click here for more.
Trade and Development
Hong Kong is a leading centre for dispute resolution in Asia-Pacific. The city’s attributes for dispute settlement in the region include a strong legal system, abundance of professional expertise, advantageous geographical location, connectivity with the Mainland and support from the Government. Click here for more.
Greater Bay Area
The Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area comprises the Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macao, and nine municipalities of Mainland China. The Bay Area development aims to leverage the comparative advantages of every Bay Area city to the largest extent, deepen cooperation amongst Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao, facilitate in-depth and organic regional integration, as well as drive coordinated regional economic development. By doing so, the Bay Area will become an international first-class bay area ideal for living, working and travelling. Click here for more.
Belt and Road Initiative (B&R)
“Belt and Road” refers to the land-based “Silk Road Economic Belt” and the seafaring “21st Century Maritime Silk Road.” The routes cover countries across Asia, Europe and Africa. The initiative seeks to promote market integration and forge ties among different economies by promoting cooperation, expanding business opportunities and encouraging people-to-people exchanges. Hong Kong’s professional services are well-positioned to tap opportunities along the Belt and Road countries. Learn more here.
Mainland and Hong Kong Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement (CEPA)
CEPA is a free trade agreement concluded by the Mainland and Hong Kong. CEPA covers four areas: trade in goods, trade in services, investment, economic and technical cooperation. CEPA has strengthened the trade relationship in goods and services and fostered trade and investment between the two places, and are conducive to accelerating the economic integration and enhancing the long term economic and trade development of both places. Click here for more.
Cultural and Creative Industries
If you are an ambitious provider of creative or related services seeking to expand, Hong Kong could be the place for you. Hong Kong has become a regional hub for media and creative-related industries and offers a range of exciting opportunities.
The broad spectrum of Hong Kong’s creative industries includes: advertising, architecture, art and culture, broadcasting, design, digital entertainment, film, music, media, publishing and multimedia. Much of the sector’s growth is fuelled by Hong Kong being Asia’s regional business hub and the strong presence in the city of multinational corporations as well as many small and medium scale enterprises.
The creative industries play an increasingly important role in Hong Kong’s economy and have been identified as a strong driving force for the territory’s future development, with the Government highly supportive of new creative enterprises through its CreateHK initiative. Click here for more.
Innovation and Technology
As Asia’s leading logistics, transportation and financial hub, Hong Kong is the natural choice for ICT companies wanting to service clients across Asia.
Hong Kong itself provides a ready market for ICT companies, with 3,798 regional headquarters or offices based in the city and thousands of Hong Kong businesses located throughout the Greater Pearl River Delta (GPRD) region. Hong Kong is also strategically located in the centre of Asia, so regional ICT projects can be effectively implemented and managed from a hub in Hong Kong, where a highly-skilled workforce is readily available.
Hong Kong’s exceptional infrastructure also makes it an ideal base for companies serving global markets and an excellent site for data centres. Connections include nine submarine cable systems, overland cable systems connected to three communications operators in the Mainland and ten satellites for external communications. The Asia Submarine-Cable Express and the Southeast-Asia Japan Cable has operated since 2013. This suitability is boosted by a reliable electricity supply (currently exceeding 99.99 percent) and an environment relatively free of natural disasters. Click here for more.
Major Policy Initiatives and Programs
Stock Connect Programs
On 10 April 2014, the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) and China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) made a Joint Announcement regarding the in-principle approval for the development of Shanghai Connect for the establishment of mutual stock market access between Mainland China and Hong Kong. Under Shanghai Connect, The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (SEHK), a whollyowned subsidiary of Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited (HKEX), and Shanghai Stock Exchange (SSE) established mutual order-routing connectivity and related technical infrastructure (Trading Links) to enable investors of their respective market to trade shares listed on the other’s market.
Hong Kong Securities Clearing Company Limited (HKSCC), also a whollyowned subsidiary of HKEX, and China Securities Depository and Clearing Corporation Limited (ChinaClear) have established clearing, settlement and nominee arrangements (Clearing Links) to provide for the clearing and settlement of trades executed through the Trading Links and the provision of depository, nominee and other related services to investors in the Mainland and Hong Kong.
Shanghai Connect created for the first time a feasible, controllable and expandable channel for mutual market access between the Mainland and Hong Kong by a broad range of investors, paving the way for further opening up of China’s capital account and RMB internationalisation. Following the successful launch of Shanghai Connect on 17 November 2014, Shenzhen Connect is believed to be its natural extension, and launched on 5 December, 2016. Click here for more.
Mutual Recognition of Funds
To deepen Mainland-Hong Kong financial cooperation and promote the joint development of the Mainland and Hong Kong capital markets, the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) and the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) have decided to embark on the Mainland-Hong Kong Mutual Recognition of Funds (MRF) initiative. Learn more here .
Cross-boundary Wealth Management Connect Scheme
The Cross-boundary Wealth Management Connect Scheme in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area is one of the key initiatives under the mutual market access schemes between the capital markets of Hong Kong, Macao and Mainland China. The initiative will create new business opportunities for the financial industries in the three places, facilitate cross-boundary investment and provide more options of wealth management products for residents. Learn more here.
Southbound Trading under Bond Connect launched September 24, 2021. The launch of Southbound Trading marks another milestone of mutual access between Hong Kong and Mainland China capital markets. The initiative aims to provide a convenient, efficient and secure channel for Mainland institutional investors to invest in offshore bonds through the Hong Kong bond market.
Northbound Trading has been operating smoothly since its launch in July 2017. It has been well received by international investors who trade Mainland bonds through Hong Kong. Learn more here.
Major Infrastructure Projects
Expansion of the Hong Kong Airport
To meet future air traffic growth and maintain Hong Kong's competitiveness as an international aviation hub, the Airport Authority (AA) will expand Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) into a three-runway system (3RS). This website provides latest updates of the 3RS.
Covering approximately 25 hectares of land, SKYCITY is one of the largest commercial projects in Hong Kong and is set to transform Hong Kong International Airport from a city’s airport into an “Airport City”. Situated at Hong Kong International Airport, adjacent to the passenger terminals, SKYCITY will be a major integrated development comprises retail complexes, dining areas, hotels, entertainment facilities and offices. Serving both local and overseas visitors, SKYCITY is poised to become the new landmark of Hong Kong.
Hong Kong–Zhuhai–Macau Bridge
The Hong Kong – Zhuhai – Macao Bridge (HZMB), being situated at the waters of Lingdingyang of Pearl River Estuary, is a large sea crossing linking the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), Zhuhai City of Guangdong Province and Macao Special Administrative Region. It consists of a Main Bridge in Mainland waters together with the boundary crossing facilities and link roads within the three places. The functions of the Bridge are to meet the demand of passenger and freight land transport among Hong Kong, the Mainland (particularly the region of Pearl River West) and Macao, to establish a new land transport link between the east and west banks of the Pearl River, and to enhance the economic and sustainable development of the three places. Click here for more.
High Speed Rail
The 16 mile High Speed Rail (Hong Kong Section) heralds a new era in travel for the city. Running from the Hong Kong West Kowloon Station, it connects Hong Kong with the Mainland China’s national high speed rail network. The terminus in West Kowloon, located next to the West Kowloon Cultural District, provides convenient connection with the Airport Express’ Kowloon Station and local MTR lines. Click here for more.
Hong Kong as a Regional Leader
Hong Kong has removed all wine duties since February 2008. With no VAT or GST, Hong Kong is the first fee wine port among major economies. Strong economic performance, increased prosperity and changes in lifestyle have led to a significant rise in the demand for wine in Mainland China. As an international gateway to the Mainland, Hong Kong is in a prime position to capitalize on this trend. Click here for more.
Intellectual Property Trading Hub
Hong Kong is a center of innovation, commerce, trade, and finance in Asia. As innovation and the knowledge based economy become more and more important in trade and commerce, so does Hong Kong’s role as a premier IP trading hub in Asia increase. Click here for more.