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BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES

With its robust legal and financial systems, low and simple taxes and global connectivity, Hong Kong offers a dynamic, secure and familiar place to ‘get business done’. Its networks of professional and trade organisations, diverse business environment and sophisticated technology infrastructure all help to connect enterprises to talent and opportunities in the Greater Bay Area and throughout China as well as the wider Asia-Pacific region.

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Financial Services

Hong Kong is a world-leading international financial centre, with a proven reputation in areas such as fund-raising, asset management and insurance. The Hong Kong Stock Exchange is one of the largest bourses in the world by market capitalisation and the second-largest market in the world for biotech capital raising. It ranked No. 2 globally for IPO funds raised in 2020.

  • A regional fintech hub, eight virtual banks, four virtual insurers, and a virtual asset trading platform have been authorised to operate in Hong Kong.
  • Leveraging its position as the world’s offshore Renminbi business hub, mutual investment conduits between the Mainland and Hong Kong include Stock Connect, Bond Connect, and Wealth Management Connect.
  • Reinforcing the city's role as a premier capital raising centre, Hong Kong is developing the real estate investment trust (REIT) market.
  • Hong Kong will provide tax concession for carried interest issued by eligible private equity funds operating in Hong Kong.

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Listing with HKEX

Open a bank account

FintechHK

Fintech with Hong Kong Science Park

HKMA Infrastructure Financing Facilitation Office

Hong Kong Academy of Finance

Last revision date: 01/09/2021

Innovation & Technology

An international Innovation and Technology (I&T) hub, Hong Kong is enhancing its position as a world-class knowledge-based economy through significant investment to further develop its soft and hard I&T infrastructure and attract top tech talent and institutions from around the world.

  • Centres of I&T development in Hong Kong include Cyberport, a creative digital community of more than 1,650 enterprises that is also a key force shaping fintech development in the city.
  • The Hong Kong Science Park (HKSP) is the city’s largest R&D base and home to about 1,000 local and international companies.
  • The HKSP is establishing world-class research clusters in collaboration with globally renowned institutions and commercial entities. The first batch of R&D clusters involves Health@InnoHK focusing on healthcare, and AIR@InnoHK for artificial intelligence and robotics technologies.
  • The Hong Kong-Shenzhen Innovation and Technology Park is being built on a 87ha site at the Lok Ma Chau Loop, a strategic location at the boundary between the two tech-savvy cities.
  • Hong Kong’s smart city development is set out in the Smart City Blueprint for Hong Kong 2.0, which involves more than 130 initiatives.

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Innovation and Technology Fund

Hong Kong-Shenzhen Innovation and Technology Park in the Lok Ma Chau Loop

Hong Kong Smart City Blueprint

iAM Smart Safe and Swift

Wi-Fi.HK

Embracing the New 5G Era

Last revision date: 31/08/2021

Transport & Logistics

Located in the heart of Asia, within a four-hour flight of most major Asian cities and a five-hour flight from half the world's population, Hong Kong is an international aviation and maritime hub.

  • Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) is consistently ranked among the best and busiest in the world for both passengers and air cargo. Construction is underway on a Three-Runway System, which will significantly increase handling capacity at HKIA when completed in 2024. A new premium logistics centre is scheduled to come online in 2023, and SKYCITY, one of the largest commercial projects in Hong Kong, will transform HKIA from a city airport into an Airport City by 2027.
  • This expansion is in parallel with the Airport Authority Hong Kong’s investment in Zhuhai Airport on the Mainland, to ensure synergy between the two airports and strengthen the aviation industry’s competitiveness in the Greater Bay Area.
  • Hong Kong remains one of the most important international ship finance centres in Asia. Almost 10 per cent of the world’s merchant fleet is owned or managed by Hong Kong companies. The Hong Kong Shipping Register ranks 4th globally by gross tonnage.

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SKYCITY

Hong Kong International Aviation Academy

Maritime Services Training Institute

MTR Academy

Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge Hong Kong Section

Links to Public Transport Companies

HKeMobility

Last revision date: 31/08/2021

Greater Bay Area

The Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (GBA) is a vibrant city cluster that’s home to more than 86 million people. The GBA comprises the Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macao, and nine cities in Guangdong Province (Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Foshan, Huizhou, Dongguan, Zhongshan, Jiangmen and Zhaoqing). Collectively, the GBA cities generated GDP of nearly US$1.7 trillion in 2020.

  • With the support of the Central Government’s 14th Five-Year Plan, Hong Kong will leverage the GBA development as the best entry point to integrate into the overall development of the country, bringing sustained impetus to Hong Kong’s economy.
  • With direct links by road, rail and air, Hong Kong is ideally positioned to play a significant role in GBA development, which will further enhance our status as an international hub for finance, logistics, trade and aviation.
  • Hong Kong is uniquely positioned to be a facilitator and a beneficiary of other important national development strategies such as the Belt and Road Initiative.
  • The GBA Youth Employment Scheme encourages enterprises with operations in both Hong Kong and the GBA to recruit and deploy local university graduates to work in the Mainland cities of the GBA.

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Greater Bay Area

GoGBA platform

Greater Bay Area Youth Employment Scheme

Trade and Investment Agreements

Belt and Road Initiative

Hong Kong Trade Development Council – Belt and Road Portal

Last revision date: 31/08/2021

Legal Services

With the rule of law, a trusted common law system and independent judiciary, Hong Kong is a safe and secure place to live, work and invest. Its deep pool of local and international legal talent and expertise in arbitration make the city a premier deal-making and dispute resolution centre in Asia.

  • The common law system continues to be practised as constitutionally guaranteed, making the city the only common law jurisdiction within China.
  • More than 10,800 practising solicitors, 1,500 practising barristers and over 80 registered foreign law firms operate in Hong Kong.
  • Hong Kong is rated among the top 5 seats of arbitration globally and arbitral awards made in Hong Kong are enforceable in more than 160 jurisdictions around the world, including Mainland China.

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Hong Kong Legal Hub

Professional Services Advancement Support Scheme

Last revision date: 31/08/2021

Intellectual Property Trading

As an international business and creative hub and centre of international trade, Hong Kong’s rule of law protects investors and the rights of intellectual property (IP) creators. A robust legislative framework for the protection of all forms of IP is in place.

  • Hong Kong’s highly skilled IP practitioners and other related professionals provide various intermediary support services to technology and IP-related sectors. They work with IP owners in Asia and beyond, act as their agents and sell their IP to overseas markets.
  • The Hong Kong Trade Development Council founded the Asia IP Exchange (AsiaIPEX), a free online platform and database showcasing intellectual properties around the globe to facilitate international IP trading and collaboration. Over 28,000 tradable IP listings are available on the portal.

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IP trading hub

Business of Intellectual Property Asia Forum

Asia IP Exchange

Intellectual Property Database for Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao

Last revision date: 31/08/2021

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