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News Release - June 2018

Shilla Duty Free redefines retail experience at Hong Kong International Airport
June 28, 2018 - The Shilla Duty Free announced today the official opening of its retail store chain at Hong Kong International Airport, taking an important step in the Korean travel retailer's continuous expansion plan in East Asia.

HKSAR Government welcomes Ministry of Finance’s plan to issue sovereign bonds in Hong Kong in 2018
June 26, 2018 - The Ministry of Finance announced today its plan to issue Renminbi (RMB) sovereign bonds totaling RMB10 billion in Hong Kong this year, of which RMB5 billion will be issued in the first half of the year and the remaining RMB5 billion will be issued in the second half of the year.

Japanese Restaurant Brand Specializing in Mackerel Introduces New Fish Fusion Gourmet Restaurant in
Hong Kong

June 20, 2018 - Japan-based SABAR Ltd today opened a joint venture restaurant with its business partner in Causeway Bay to gain a foothold in Hong Kong and introduce authentic saba-tuna fusion dishes for discerning diners.

Unemployment Rate Stood at 2.8%
June 19, 2018 - According to the latest labor force statistics (i.e. provisional figures for March - May 2018) released today by the Census and Statistics Department of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate stood at 2.8% in March - May 2018, same as that in February - April 2018. The underemployment rate also remained unchanged at 1.0% in the two periods.

Hong Kong launches Green Bond Grant Scheme
June 15, 2018 - The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government announced today the launch of the Green Bond Grant Scheme (GBGS), as promulgated in the 2018-19 Budget, to subsidize eligible green bond issuers in obtaining certification under the Green Finance Certification Scheme (GFCS) established by the Hong Kong Quality Assurance Agency.

Young Europeans Take Advantage of HK Startup Support: Euronews
June 15, 2018 - Euronews, an international TV news channel, has recently created a two-part TV programme “Spotlight” featuring Hong Kong as a startup hub in Asia. The first part is on air from June 11 until June 20. The report mentioned Hong Kong is strategically positioned geographically and poised to benefit from the growth of the Greater Bay Area.

Government launches Green Bond Grant Scheme
June 15, 2018 - The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government announced today the launch of the Green Bond Grant Scheme (GBGS), as promulgated in the 2018-19 Budget, to subsidize eligible green bond issuers in obtaining certification under the Green Finance Certification Scheme (GFCS) established by the Hong Kong Quality Assurance Agency.

Appointments to Board of Directors of Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation
June 14, 2018 - The Hong Kong Special administrative Region Government today announced the appointment of Dr Sunny Chai as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation (HKSTPC) and the appointment/re-appointment of 11 members to the HKSTPC for two years starting from July 1, 2018.

Chief Executive welcomes passage of Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link (Co-location) Bill
June 14, 2018 - Hong Kong Chief Executive, Mrs Carrie Lam, welcomed the passage of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link (Co-location) Bill by the Legislative Council today, signifying a big step towards the target of the commissioning of the Hong Kong Section of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link (XRL) in September this year.

First Belt and Road Joint Conference held
June 12, 2018 - The first Belt and Road Joint Conference was convened in Beijing today by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) with the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Council (HKMAO) as well as other relevant central ministries. The Joint Conference mechanism was agreed at the meeting, at which the strategy for promoting Hong Kong’s full participation in the Belt and Road Initiative and the work priorities for the year were also discussed.

HONG KONG PANORAMA THE 17th NEW YORK ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL (NYAFF)
Proudly presented by Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in New York With The Film Society of Lincoln Center and Subway Cinema June 30 – July 12, 2018

June 12, 2018 - The Hong Kong Panorama, which has been the backbone of the annual festival since 2009, returns with 9 features, including two world premieres: Sunny Chan (陳詠燊) ’s debut Men on the Dragon (逆流大叔) and Antony Chan (陳友)’s comeback House of the Rising Sons (兄弟班).

Global Travel Tech Start-up Takes Off in Hong Kong
June 8, 2018 - Global travel tech start-up Hey Travelista announced today that it has opened its Hong Kong office as the global headquarters to launch its new online travel platform for affluent travelers in Asia.

Hong Kong’s foreign currency reserves at US$432.1 billion
June 7, 2018 - The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) announced today that the official foreign currency reserve assets of Hong Kong amounted to US$432.1 billion as at the end of May 2018, compared with US$434.5 billion at end-April 2018.

Japan-listed Cosmetics Review Media and Retail Company Opens First Store in Hong Kong
June 7, 2018 - Japan-listed cosmetics review media and retail company, istyle Inc., announced today that it will open its first cosmetics store "@cosme store" in Hong Kong tomorrow (June 8), as part of its global expansion plan to promote its brand via the city.


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