No.10  October, 2016  
Hong Kong ranked world's fourth easiest place to do business
Hong Kong was ranked as the world’s fourth easiest place to do business by the World Bank’s Doing Business 2017 Report. The score for Hong Kong has risen from 83.67 last year to 84.21 this year. Among the 10 indicators, Hong Kong sustained its high ranking as third in "protecting minority investors". In four other indicators, Hong Kong performed well with improvements in rankings, namely in "starting a business" (from fourth to third), "getting electricity" (from ninth to third), "paying taxes" (from fourth to third) and "dealing with construction permits" (from seventh to fifth). Read more about the Report here.
Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs visits New Zealand and Australia
The Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government (HKSARG), Mr Raymond Tam,  visited New Zealand and Australia between 20 and 24 September 2016.  During his stay in New Zealand, Mr Tam met with various government officials and representatives to exchange views on election-related matters and parliamentary operation. In Sydney, he attended the Hong Kong-Australia Business Association (National) Business Awards Gala Dinner and delivered a keynote speech. For more information about Mr Tam’s visit, please read here (Australian leg);  (New Zealand leg).
  Secretary for Labour and Welfare meets with Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector of New Zealand
The Secretary for Labour and Welfare of HKSARG, Mr Matthew Cheung,  met with the Minster for the Community and Voluntary Sector of New Zealand, Mrs Jo Goodhew, in Hong Kong on 23 September, to exchange views on the operation of social enterprises and volunteer services in Hong Kong and New Zealand. Mr Cheung told the visiting minister that apart from the huge increase in welfare spending by 55 per cent from HK$42.8 billion in 2012-13 to HK$66.2 billion in the current financial year, Hong Kong government was also committed to mobilising the whole community and reinforcing cross-sectoral collaboration. Find out more here.
  ICAC updates business community on international anti-corruption efforts
Hong Kong Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) has launched its latest electric newsletter ICAC Post. It carries an interview with the new Acting Head of Operation Mr Ricky Yau, pledging that his department would continue to carry out their work fairly, without fear or favour, in a professional manner and in strict accordance with the law in a bid to crack down on the crime of corruption. He emphasised that the ICAC has established a set of comprehensive mechanism and procedures for handling investigative work, and that their belief and standard in enforcing the law remained steadfast and consistent disregarding personnel movements. Read more here.
  2016 FIA Formula E Hong Kong ePrix a success
World-class motorsports event FIA Formula E Hong Kong ePrix was successfully held on 8 and 9 October. Hong Kong e-Prix was a sporting first for Hong Kong which featured drivers racing sleek electric cars along 2km track traversing several Hong Kong landmarks, with Hong Kong’s skyline and harbour. Find out more about the event here.
  Outstanding students at Chinese Writing Competition commended
More than 30 winners were commended for their outstanding achievements in Chinese learning. To enhance Australian students’ understanding of Hong Kong and Chinese culture, Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, Sydney and National Chinese Language Education Council of NSW Inc. jointly organized the Chinese Writing Competition 2016. The event successfully took place on 3 September, attracting more than 150 Chinese learning students to participate. Read more here.
  Sale of Australian philatelic products
Selected philatelic products issued by the postal administrations from overseas including Australia have been put on sale at 38 Hong Kong philatelic offices and the Hongkong Post Internet shopping mall "ShopThruPost" ( starting from 22 September. Read more here.
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