Hong Kong har lykkes med sin strategi for å begrense utbredelsen av Covid-19

Carrie LamHong Kong har lykkes godt med sin strategi for å begrense utbredelsen av Covid-19. De har handlet resolutt med sin ”Suppress and Lift” strategi og med meget gode resultater.

Vi vedlegger en personlig beretning fra Hong Kongs statsminister (chief executive), Ms Carrie Lam som gjør nærmere rede for tiltakene og ikke minst hva de gjør overfor næringslivet for at det ikke skal få ubotelige skader. Over 300 milliarder NOK settes av til å støtte næringsliv og enkelt individer til å komme i gang med virksomheten igjen. Regjeringen ser ut til å ha et godt grep om å styre Hong Kongs næringsliv inn på trygg grunn igjen. Dette  burde være interessante opplysninger  for våre medlemmer som driver handel med Hong Kong, import, eksport og trading.

Brev fra Ms. Carrie Lam

Hong Kongs regjering gir massiv støtte til næringslivet for å få fart i økonomien igjen

Regjeringen kom 10.04.20 med en støttepakke på nærmere 40 milliarder USD for å komme på offensiven igjen. Denne støttepakken utgjør hele 10% av Hong Kongs BNP!
Hong Kongs økonomi var allerede hardt rammet av studenturolighetene i 2019, dernest handelskrigen USA-Kina og ikke minst  av corona-epidemien.
I budsjettet for 2020-21 legges i i tillegg inn 120 milliarder HK dollar i motkonjunkturtiltak.
Mange av støttetiltakene og avgiftsreduksjonene overfor næringslivet ligner på den pakken den norske regjering har lagt frem.
Spesielt for Hong Kong er også at de tilbyr hele 10.000 HKdollar (ca 13.000 NOK) i kontantstøtte til alle fastboende i Hong Kong  over 18 år!

De som vil lese mer om de forskjellige tiltakene som er foreslått, kan lese det på DENNE lenken.

Viktige sitater fra foredragene til Ms Winky So og Stephen Phillips under vårt frokostseminar 04.03.20 i samarbeide med Invest Hong Kong

  • «There are unpresidented challenges facting the world” Winky So
  • “Tensions from multiple areas all erupted at the same time” Winky So
  • “Recognized as a strong financial center, but a part from that we have a very robust policy framework, a purden macroeconomic policy, abundance of professionals and the HK Spirit” Winky So
  • “We should not panic” Winky So
  • “HK measures the temperature of departing passengers because we are fighting this battle together. We want to make sure we do our part to fight this virus” Winky So
  • “It is not business as usual, but we are still the global financial centre and the regional trading hub” Winky So
  • “We plan to issue green bond totaling 80 billion over the coming years” Winky So
  • “We are fighting the virus, but we have not lost sight of our fundamental challenges” Winky So
  • “US-China tensions have had a much larger impact on the Hong Kong economy than the protests, but perhaps not the virus” Stephen Phillips, Director-General of Investment Promotion
  • “US-China issues remain the biggest questions mark for business in Hong Kong” Stephen Phillips, Director-General of Investment Promotion
  • “We Might see two technology ecosystems emerge, one US-centric and one China-centric” Stephen Phillips, Director-General of Investment Promotion
  • “Hong Kong fundamentals remain strong. Hong Kong has proximity to the market, the benefits of one-country-two-systems and a business friendly government with small regulations” Stephen Phillips, Director-General of Investment Promotion

Viktig informasjon om kampen mot coronaviruset i Hong Kong

The HKSAR government has announced a series of special measures to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus in HK over these two days.   I thought it might be helpful to have them in one place for your ease of reference.   

2. Our Chief Executive just announced today these further measures to minimize the risk related to the cross-boundary traffic between HK and the Mainland: 

- Mainland authorities will suspend the issue of new permits under the Individual Visits Scheme until further notice 
- Cross-boundary rail services suspended for Express Rail Link and Inter-city through-trains from Jan 30 
- Reduce flights from the Mainland by half from Jan 30 
- Suspend cross-boundary ferry services from China Ferry Terminal and Tuen Mun from Jan 30 (limited services to/from Macao will continue) 
- Suspend cross-boundary bus services on HK-Z-Macao Bridge and via Sha Tau Kok from Jan 30 
- Suspend passenger clearance services at West Kowloon XRL Station, Hung Hom station, China Ferry Terminal, Tuen Mun ferry terminal and the land crossings at Sha Tau Kok and Man Kam To from Jan 30 

3. Below are certain government arrangements already in place to keep the public informed and to minimize the risk of the spread of novel coronavirus in the community.   Also included is the announcement on the plan for the stock, futures and derivatives markets of Hong Kong to trade as normal tomorrow: 

CHP announce latest situation on imported cases of novel coronavirus infection   
https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202001/27/P2020012700542.htm 
- 8 imported cases (same as the day before - all in quarantine/isolation) 
- Contact tracing carried out: 97 people identified (95 under medical surveillance, 2 in isolation in hospital) 

Special work arrangement for Government departments 
https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202001/28/P2020012800310.htm 
- Civil servants to work from home if not involved in provision of emergency/essential services (tentatively till 2 Feb) 
- Private sector urged to make similar arrangements if possible 

Special arrangement for postal services - post office counter services, mail delivery, mail collection from posting boxes suspended until Feb 2 
https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202001/28/P2020012800508.htm 

Government appeals to employers to make special work arrangement to reduce the risk of the spread of the novel coronavirus in the community 
https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202001/28/P2020012800400.htm 

The stock, futures and derivatives markets of Hong Kong will trade as normal on Jan 29 
https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202001/28/P2020012800370.htm 

Transport Department public services suspended (driver's licences, international licences, driving tests etc) 
https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202001/28/P2020012800457.htm 

Education Bureau rejects false rumour re: extended dates of return to school 
https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202001/28/P2020012800403.htm?fontSize=1 

Temporary closure of LCSD facilities from Jan 28 
https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202001/28/P2020012800030.htm 
- Closed until further notice: All sports centres, sports grounds, grass pitches, artificial turf soccer pitches, tennis courts, squash courts, bowling greens, golf facilities, public swimming pools, beaches, Tuen Mun Recreation and Sports Centre, water sports centres and holiday camps. Cultural facilities include all museums, performance venues, public libraries and their study rooms, mobile libraries, and music centres of the Music Office. 

Government response to media enquiries 
https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202001/28/P2020012800034.htm 
- Rejection of rumour re: "use of Hong Kong's medical system to help the country tackle the disease"

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