Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, Brussels
The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administration Region
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Hong Kong News - Spring 2018

INDEX (read the following stories in the attached document):

Cover stories 

  • Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development in Brussels
  • Hong Kong has embarked on fourth industrial revolution, Chief Executive says at WEF Annual Meeting in Davos
  • Prime Minister of the Netherlands in Hong Kong – Working Holiday Scheme agreement signed

Secretary for the Civil Service in France

  • Secretary for the Civil Service visited France in connection with plan to establish college for Hong Kong civil servants

Budget, Finance and Taxation

  • Luxembourg Finance Minister welcomes stronger links between Luxembourg and Hong Kong financial sectors
  • 2018-19 Budget to diversify the economy, invest for the future and enhance liveability of Hong Kong
  • GDP grew by 4.7% in first quarter of 2018
  • Two-tired profits tax rates regime implemented since 1 April 2018

Innovation and Technology 

  • Chief Executive outlined plans to boost innovation and technology

Hong Kong and Ireland

  • Chief Executive met Ireland's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs
  • Ireland-based international aircraft leasing company has set up regional office in Hong Kong
  • Irish Fintech company of the year, Global Shares, has launched Hong Kong office
  • Enterprise Ireland targeting 50% growth in Irish exports to Asia with improved connectivity to Hong Kong

Brussels-Hong Kong air route opened

  • First direct air route opened between Brussels and Hong Kong

Chinese New Year in Europe

  • HKETO, Brussels hosted Chinese New Year events in 15 European cities

Education and Careers

  • European talents encouraged to seize Hong Kong study and employment opportunities

Culture and Sport

  • 'Legends of Lion Dance'; exhibition showcased Hong Kong's crafts and cultural heritage in Belgium
  • HKETO, Brussels supported 'Lines in Motion: East Meets West'; exhibition in Amsterdam
  • Hong Kong films brought to European festival audiences in Dublin, Amsterdam, Brussels, Udine, Florence and Prato
  • Creative achievements of Hong Kong publishing industry at Bologna Children's Book Fair
  • France's Patrice Delaveau is victorious at Longines Masters of Hong Kong

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