May 11, 2023
Reception held in Seoul to update Korean guests on latest developments of Hong Kong
The Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office held a reception in Seoul on 11 May to update some 300 guests from various sectors on the latest developments of Hong Kong, and to share with them the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government's initiatives to embrace the enormous opportunities ahead.
May 2 to 4, 2023
Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury’s visit to Korea
Hong Kong’s Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury, Mr Christopher Hui, visited Korea from 2 to 4 May. Besides attending the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Annual Meeting and meeting with ADB senior personnel, he also met with Governor of the Bank of Korea, Mr Rhee Chang-yong; Chairman of the Financial Services Commission of Korea, Mr Kim Joo-hyun; the Executive Vice Chairman of Korea Enterprises Federation, Mr Lee Dong-geun; and Chief Executive Officer of Kakao Pay, Mr Shin Won-keun.
April 1, 2023
All pre-departure testing requirements removed from 1 April
All pre-departure testing requirements for inbound persons from overseas places (including Japan) to Hong Kong have been removed from 1 April. In other words, people going to Hong Kong are no longer required to conduct any COVID-19 test before and after arrival.
March 23, 2023
Hong Kong maintains fourth place in Global Financial Centres Index
Hong Kong maintained fourth place globally in the latest edition of Global Financial Centres Index published by the Z/Yen from the United Kingdom and the China Development Institute from Shenzhen.
February 6, 2023
Full Resumption of Normal Travel between Hong Kong and Mainland China
Normal travel between Hong Kong and the Mainland China has been fully resumed from 6 February. The arrangements concerned include opening up all boundary control points without imposing any prescribed daily numbers of people thereon, and cancelling the pre-departure nucleic acid test requirement (except for people with overseas travel history in previous 7 days).
The requirement for non-Hong Kong residents to be fully vaccinated for going to Hong Kong from overseas places has also been lifted since 6 February.
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 four Hong Kong-based airlines (Cathay Pacific Airways, Hong Kong Express, Hong Kong Airlines, and Greater Bay Airlines) through their respective channels.
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 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.
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.
September 24, 2022
"Hong Kong in Miniature" exhibition travels to Seoul for first time to showcase Hong Kong's cityscape and culture
The "Hong Kong in Miniature" Exhibition @Seoul 2022, which showcases 40 miniature models that capture the uniqueness and vibrancy of Hong Kong, opened at COEX in Seoul on 24 September. The exhibition is being held until October 3.
September 23, 2022
Hong Kong films showcased in Seoul to celebrate 25th anniversary of establishment of HKSAR
The Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office is supporting "Making Waves - Navigators of Hong Kong Cinema", showcasing a selection of new Hong Kong films and classics, in Seoul, Korea, from 23 September to 2 October. The programme is being presented by Create Hong Kong in partnership with the Korean Film Archive.
September 22, 2022
Gala dinner held in Seoul to celebrate 25th anniversary of establishment of HKSAR
The Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office organised a gala dinner in Seoul on 22 September to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. The event was attended by some 250 guests from various sectors.
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".