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.

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"

Update from Hong Kong

We received the following letter from Kasper Ng, Deputy Director-General Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, London:

You might already have learned about the recent disruption to the services of the Hong Kong International Airport, and we are aware that many of our friends around the world are concerned about the situation in Hong Kong, wondering if we remain one of the safest place to visit. 

We would like to re-assure you that the government is taking actions to resolutely restore airport operation, and we together with the business sector as well as the community at large are providing necessary assistance to affected visitors. 

To ensure smooth operation of the airport, the Airport Authority Hong Kong has obtained an interim injunction to restrain persons from unlawfully and willfully obstructing or interfering with the proper use of the airport, whilst lawful demonstrations and protests might be staged in the area designated by the Authority.  We also understand that travel agents, hotels and business organisations are providing advice and making arrangements to minimise any possible disruptions to visitors.  For instance, the Federation of Hong Kong Hotel Owners is organising some of its members’ hotels to provide free rooms for a day or two to hotel guests who are stranded in city urban hotels due to flight cancellation. 

Hong Kong remains a welcoming city as we navigate through the challenging time and we all stand ready to welcome and assist our friends from all over the world to Hong Kong any time.   

To obtain further information about the latest situation in Hong Kong, you may also visit the following website - 
https://www.brandhk.gov.hk/html/en/WhatSOn/HKUpdate2019.html 

Your long-term friendship with Hong Kong is deeply appreciated and we look forward to your continued support to us.  You are welcome to contact us for further information and assistance. 

Best, 
Kasper

The Captain's Table

Captains tableTo further promote Hong Kong as an international maritime centre and startup hub, Invest Hong Kong are sponsoring a global startup competition, “The Captain’s Table”, launched by the Young Professionals in Shipping Network (YPSNHK). www.ypsnhk.com

YPSN is currently inviting applicants or startups to submit innovative ideas in five main areas: Platform and Software as a service, Deeptech, Fintech & Insuretech, Education and Environment and Sustainability. The entries will be shortlisted with the five best ideas being presented at a live final where they will compete to win a seat at The Captain’s Table. The live final will be held in Hong Kong at the Asia Society during Hong Kong Maritime Week on Tuesday 19 November 2019.

The purpose of this competition is to provide an alternative platform for young innovators to connect with the industry and showcase their ideas and, also a chance, for investors to discover the 'next big idea(s)'. Startups will have the chance to pitch their idea on an international stage, with direct access to investors, mentors, and industry leaders, as well as cash prizes of USD25,000. Entries close 31 July 2019.
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http://www.ypsnhk.com/captain.html
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We'd be grateful if you could disseminate this competition to your network especially those businesses / startups you know of involved in the five main areas. For further questions please contact Ms Tabitha Logan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Richard Chiu
Nordic Consultant
Invest Hong Kong
Tel: +47 909 81 404
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