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The Government announced that non-Hong Kong residents (HKRs) will be allowed to enter Hong Kong from overseas places and the route-specific flight suspension mechanism will be suitably relaxed from May 1 (Hong Kong Time), and rapid antigen tests (RATs) will be added to the "test-and-hold" arrangement at the airport.
The aim is, on the premise of maintaining the strategy to guard against the importation of cases and continuing stringent quarantine measures, and as far as risks could be properly managed, to alleviate as much as possible the uncertainty of Hong Kong-bound passengers' journeys in reserving flights and designated quarantine hotels, as well as to streamline the testing and quarantine procedures upon arrival, in response to the needs of HKRs that need to return to Hong Kong as well as the strong demands from the relevant trade. Read more here
Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury, Christopher Hui, introduced a plan, which embraces regulation, development, tradition, and innovation in the virtual asset (VA) industry.
The measures included (1) establishing a licensing regime for the VA service providers; (2) contemplating the regulation of payment-related “stablecoins”; and (3) providing traditional financial institutions with guidelines on offering VA-related services to clients. Read more here.
Hong Kong Momentary Authority: Discussion Paper on Crypto-assets and Stablecoins
The Director-General of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, Mr Law Kin-wai, delivered a Chinese New Year Message. May we wish you a healthy and prosperous Year of the Tiger!
The State Council Information Office published on December 20 the white paper on "Hong Kong: Democratic Progress under the Framework of One Country, Two Systems".
The white paper is of profound importance and, taking the opportunity of the successful running of the first Legislative Council election following the improved electoral system, clearly shows that the Central Government is committed to developing democracy in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR). It underscores that the Central Government has been supporting democratic development in the HKSAR in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Basic Law since Hong Kong's return to the Motherland in 1997.
The publication of the white paper has provided strong justifications for the work done by the Central Government and HKSAR Government to improve the city’s electoral system in order to implement the principle of "patriots administering Hong Kong".
Read more details in a letter from our Director-General and the links below:
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Hong Kong, China has actively participated in the APEC 2021 Economic Leaders' Week last week, pledging support for international cooperation in fighting against the pandemic and championing free trade as a solution for the post-pandemic global economy recovery.
Speaking at the Economic Leaders' Meeting, the Chief Executive, Mrs Carrie Lam, stressed Hong Kong, China's determination to join all APEC member economies to navigate through the pandemic, and the importance to guard against resurgence of the pandemic which would set back some of the progress made in the road to recovery. She noted that Hong Kong, China has donated 7.5 million doses of COVID vaccine to the World Health Organization's COVAX to help vulnerable countries fight the pandemic.
She also gave an account of Hong Kong, China's reassuring economic outlook. "Being one of the world's freest economies, sixth largest trading entity and third largest destination of foreign direct investment, we are benefiting from the revitalised manufacturing activities and resumption of demands around the world as shown by our 14.2 per cent year-on-year growth in goods export in the third quarter of this year. Our economy has grown by 7.0 per cent year-on-year in the first nine months and we are expecting 6.4 per cent for the whole year," said Mrs Lam.
Read more here.