No.11  November, 2017  
CE met Prime Minister of Australia
The Chief Executive of HKSAR, Mrs Carrie Lam met the Prime Minister of Australia Mr Malcolm Turnbull on 12 November in Hong Kong. Mr Turnbull’s visit to the city was the first by a serving Australian Prime Minister in more than 30 years’ time. Welcoming the launch of the Free Trade Agreement negotiations between Hong Kong and Australia in May, Mrs Lam said she was pleased to note that both sides had been working together proactively with a view to taking the close trade and investment relations to a new height. She hoped Hong Kong and Australia would strengthen co-operation in creative industries. She also welcomed more co-operation in education with Australia which was one of the most popular destinations for Hong Kong students seeking to study overseas. Read more here.
Governor of Victoria visited Hong Kong
The Chief Executive Mrs Carrie Lam welcomed the Governor of Victoria, Ms Linda Dessau to visit Hong Kong to attend the 9th World Chinese Economic Summit on 13 November. Mrs Lam said that both sides had been keen to explore areas for collaboration in design. In May, it was announced that Melbourne would be the partner city in the Business of Design Week 2018 in Hong Kong. The collaboration signified the first time this flagship design event would partner with a city in the southern hemisphere and would strengthen the cooperation of the business and design sectors between Hong Kong and Melbourne. Read more here.
Hong Kong and ASEAN signed FTA and related Investment Agreement
Hong Kong and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) signed a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and a related Investment Agreement in Pasay City, the Philippines on 12 November. The agreements encompassing trade in goods and services, investment, economic and technical co-operation, dispute settlement mechanisms and other related areas were signed by Hong Kong Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, Mr Edward Yau and economic ministers of the ASEAN member states. They would not only strengthen the trade and investment flows between Hong Kong and ASEAN, but also boost economic and trade activities and greatly enhance business opportunities for Hong Kong enterprises and service providers in ASEAN markets. Read more here.
  Hong Kong ranked the world’s fifth easiest place to do business
Hong Kong ranked the fifth easiest place to do business in the world according to the World Bank’s Doing Business 2018 Report. The World Bank also commended Hong Kong for successful implementation of reform measures to make doing business easier, namely improving the quality of the land administration system by enhancing its reliability and establishing a complaint mechanism. The Report compared the ease of doing business in 190 economies across 10 indicators, and Hong Kong performed well in four categories, namely “starting a business" (third), "paying taxes”(third), "getting electricity"(fourth) and "dealing with construction permits"(fifth). Read more about the Report here.
  Hong Kong historic building won Award of Excellence of UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation
Hong Kong’s historic building, the Blue House Cluster, won the Award of Excellence in the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation. It was the first time a built heritage conservation project in Hong Kong received the award. The Blue House Cluster comprises three tenement buildings constructed from the 1920s to the 1950s – the Blue House, the Yellow House and the Orange House. The compound has been revitalised into Viva Blue House, a multifunctional complex providing residential accommodation and community services. Read more here.
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