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News Release - March 2019

Unemployment rate stood at 2.8%
March 19, 2019 - According to the latest labor force statistics (i.e. provisional figures for December 2018 - February 2019) 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 December 2018 - February 2019, same as that in November 2018 - January 2019. The underemployment rate decreased from 1.1% in November 2018 - January 2019 to 1.0% in December 2018 - February 2019.

USLW attends meetings of UN Commission on the Status of Women in New York
March 12, 2019 - Hong Kong Under Secretary for Labour and Welfare, Mr Caspar Tsui, today (March 12, New York time) attended a meeting of the 63rd session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW) in New York.

Hong Kong’s foreign currency reserves at US$434.5 billion
March 7, 2019 - The Hong Kong Monetary Authority announced today that the official foreign currency reserve assets of Hong Kong amounted to US$434.5 billion as at the end of February 2019, compared with US$432.1 billion at end-January 2019.

Government appoints directors to HKEX Board
March 6, 2019 - The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government has appointed Ms Mary Ma Xuezheng and re-appointed Ms Anita Fung Yuen-mei, Mr Rafael Gil-Tienda and Mr Stephen Yiu Kin-wah as members of the Board of Directors of the Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited (HKEX) for a term of around two years from the conclusion of the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the HKEX in 2019 until the conclusion of the AGM of the HKEX in 2021.

Statistics on vessels, port cargo and containers for fourth quarter of 2018
March 5, 2019 - The Census and Statistics Department of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government today released the statistics on vessels, port cargo and containers for the fourth quarter of 2018.

Chief Executive welcomes Central Government’s promulgation of eight policy measures for taking forward development of Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area
March 1, 2019 - Hong Kong Chief Executive, Mrs Carrie Lam, today welcomed the eight policy measures introduced by the Central Government for taking forward the development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area. She said such measures could facilitate Hong Kong residents to develop, work and reside in the Mainland cities of the Greater Bay Area, as well as strengthen the convenient flow of people and goods within the Greater Bay Area.

Government announces appointment of Chairman of Hong Kong Tourism Board
March 1, 2019 - The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government today announced the appointment of Dr Pang Yiu-kai to succeed Dr Peter Lam Kin-ngok as Chairman of the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) for three years from April 1, 2019, to March 31, 2022.

Government announces appointment of Chairman of Hong Kong Trade Development Council
March 1, 2019 - The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government today announced the appointment of Dr Peter Lam Kin-ngok to succeed Dr Vincent Lo Hong-sui as Chairman of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) for two years from June 1, 2019, to May 31, 2021.



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