February 2, 2023
"Hello Hong Kong" Campaign launched to promote Hong Kong around the world
The “Hello Hong Kong” is a large-scale global campaign with a series of promotional activities to welcome tourists, business travellers and investors from all over the world to visit Hong Kong. As part of the campaign, 500,000 free air tickets will be given away globally in phases from March by three Hong Kong-based airlines (Cathay Pacific Airways, Hong Kong Express and Hong Kong Airlines) through their respective channels.
January 8, 2023
Resumption of Normal Travel between Hong Kong and Mainland China
Normal travel between Hong Kong and the Mainland China has been resumed in phases since 8 January 2023. Pre-travel online registration is required for travelling to Mainland via land control points. In addition, people entering the Mainland from Hong Kong or entering Hong Kong from the Mainland have to present a negative result for a COVID-19 nucleic acid test within 48 hours prior to the scheduled flight departure time or the time of arrival via a boundary control point.
December 29, 2022
Hong Kong Eased COVID-19 Rules
From 29 December 2022, Hong Kong dropped a series of epidemic restrictions, aiming to bring the city back to normalcy. Inbound persons arriving from overseas places are no longer required to conduct mandatory PCR tests upon and after arrival, while the city's vaccine pass was also scrapped.
The requirement for non-Hong Kong residents to be fully vaccinated for boarding a flight to Hong Kong from overseas places remains unchanged for the time being.
December 28, 2022
Talents Service Unit online platform commenced operation
The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government launched the online platform of the Talents Service Unit to attract talents from all over the world more proactively and aggressively. The online platform provides information on the various talent admission schemes and enable applicants from around the world to submit applications more easily.
December 23, 2022
Tokyo ETO Set up a Dedicated Team for Attracting Businesses and Talents
The Dedicated Team for Attracting Businesses and Talents has been set up since December 2022 under the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (Tokyo) to proactively reach out to target enterprises and talents and encourage them to pursue expansion and growth in Hong Kong with a view to injecting impetus to the economic development of Hong Kong. The Dedicated Team also liaises with the world’s top 100 universities and promotes related talent admission schemes so as to enrich Hong Kong’s talent pool.
December 11 & 13, 2022
Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra Ensemble @ Japan (11 Dec in Osaka; 13 Dec in Tokyo)
The Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra will present two ensemble concerts at Minoh Theatre for the Performing Arts in Osaka on 11 December and Hamarikyu Asahi Hall in Tokyo on 13 December respectively.
October 19, 2022
Chief Executive unveiled his maiden Policy Address
The Chief Executive, Mr John Lee, unveiled his Policy Address on 19 October to outline the Hong Kong Government's strategies to compete for enterprises and talents to strengthen the city’s competitiveness.
His initiatives include setting up an Office for Attracting Strategic Enterprises and a Top Talent Pass Scheme, as well as establishing a new HK$30 billion (US$3.8b) Co-Investment Fund to attract enterprises to set up operations in Hong Kong and investing in their businesses.
Mr Lee also set out a four-pronged strategy for taking Hong Kong’s innovation and technology (I&T) development to the next level. The key enhancing the city's I&T ecosystem, enlarging the pool of local and non-local I&T talents, developing Hong Kong into a smart city and proactively integrating into the overall development of the country. A new HK$10 billion (US$1.28b) scheme will be launched next year to support commercialisation of R&D outcomes.
November 9 to 13, 2022
“Making Waves – Navigators of Hong Kong Cinema” in Tokyo
“Making Waves - Navigators of Hong Kong Cinema” is a touring film programme to mark the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. The Japan edition will be held from 9 to 13 November at Bunkamura Le Cinema in Shibuya, Tokyo, screening 8 Hong Kong movies.
September 22, 2022
Join hands to grasp the Greater Bay Area opportunities
Listen to four leaders in different fields talk about Greater Bay Area Development and how Hong Kong’s unique advantages are helping enterprises and talents leverage the development opportunities of the Greater Bay Area.
September 22, 2022
Hong Kong ranked fourth in Global Financial Centres Index
Hong Kong ranked fourth globally in the Global Financial Centres Index Report published on 22 September by the Z/Yen from the United Kingdom and the China Development Institute from Shenzhen.
September 8, 2022
Hong Kong once again ranked as the world's freest economy
The Fraser Institute once again ranked Hong Kong as the world’s freest economy in the Economic Freedom of the World 2022 Annual Report. Hong Kong has gained the top rank since the inception of the report. Among the five areas of assessment, Hong Kong continued to rank top in "Freedom to Trade Internationally" and "Regulation".
August 1, 2022
Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Tokyo Welcomes New Representative
Miss Winsome Au assumed the post of Hong Kong Economic and Trade Representative (Tokyo) on August 1, 2022, responsible for promoting closer economic and trade ties, understanding and cooperation, as well as cultural and tourism exchange between Hong Kong and Japan. She is acting as the Principal Hong Kong Economic and Trade Representative (Tokyo) at the same time.
July 29, 2022
Gala dinner held in Tokyo to mark HKSAR’s 25th Anniversary
On 29 July, the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (Tokyo) organised a gala dinner in Tokyo to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), which was attended by some 200 guests from various sectors.
July 28, 2022
"Hong Kong in Miniature" exhibition opens in Tokyo to showcase Hong Kong's cityscape and culture
"Hong Kong in Miniature" Exhibition @Tokyo 2022, which showcases 40 miniature models that capture the uniqueness and vibrancy of Hong Kong, opened in KITTE at Tokyo Marunouchi. The exhibition will be held till 7 August 2022.
25th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
The year 2022 marks the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR). A series of celebration activities will be organised in Japan to showcase the various aspects of Hong Kong as a global business hub, an attractive tourism destination, a place with rich and unique culture, and a city full of creativity, character and artistic creation.
May 8, 2022
CE-elect pledges new era of unity
John Lee was elected in the Sixth Term Chief Executive Election held on 8 May. His term of office will commence on 1 July 2022.
He pledged to start a new chapter for Hong Kong and build a caring, open and vibrant city full of hope, opportunities and harmony.
February 23, 2022
2022-23 Budget to support livelihood and business and boost capacity for economic development
The Financial Secretary of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government, Mr Paul Chan, announced the 2022-23 Budget Speech with a focus on the following areas –
・allocating adequate resources for an all-out effort to win the fight against the epidemic;
・supporting Hong Kong people and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to ride out of the epidemic;
・supporting the economy and fostering post-epidemic economic revival; and
・investing for the future by planning ahead for the medium- and long-term development of the economy.