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Overview of HONG KONG

Miss Alice Choi

Deputy Representative, Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, Brussels

Greece, January 2014


  • Introduction of HKETO, Brussels

  • Hong Kong and Greece

  • Key facts about Hong Kong



  • Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, Brussels

  • The official government representation to the European Union and 15 European countries, including Greece.

  • Bilateral relations between Hong Kong and the EU, as well as governments of the 15 European countries.

  • Promote Hong Kong's economic and trade interests, as well as cultural and social exchanges with European countries.


Hong Kong and Greece

  • Gateway to Europe vs Gateway to Asia.

  • Export from HK to Greece 2013 (Jan – Nov): Around EUR 92 million (+1.7% compared to 2012)

  • Export from Greece to HK 2013 (Jan – Nov): Around EUR 53 million (+5.8% compared to 2012)

  • Total bi-lateral trade 2013 (Jan – Nov):Around EUR 145 million (+3.2% compared to 2012)


Hong Kong and Greece

  • Major Greek export to HK:

    • Telecommunications equipment (38.9%);

    • clothing (8.8%);

    • watches and clocks (7.9%);

    • plastic waste and scrap (5.4%);

    • perfumery and cosmetics (4.6%).


1. One Country, Two Systems

  • A Special Administrative Region of China under the 'one country, two systems' principle since 1997.

  • High degree of autonomy under the Basic Law, the “mini-constitution”.

  • Separate political and legal system from the Mainland China.

  • Separate immigration, customs, police and anti-corruption authorities and jurisdictions.

2. Rule of Law

  • Rule of law upheld by a legal system based on the British Common Law system, with a fully independent judiciary.

  • The fundamental rights of residents protected by law.

  • Legal and official regulations available in English and Chinese.

3. World’s freest economy

  • The ‘World’s Freest Economy’ by the Heritage Foundation in the US and the Fraser Institute of Canada.

    • No trade barriers

    • No restrictions on investments inward or outward.

    • No foreign exchange controls.

    • No nationality restrictions on corporate ownership.

  • Level-playing field for all.

  • The second easiest place in the world to do business, according to the World Bank’s Doing Business Report 2013.

  • Constitutionally-guaranteed free press and freedom of speech. Unrestricted access to the internet.

  • Sound regime for the protection of intellectual property rights.

4. Low and simple tax regime

Only 3 direct taxes in HK: profits, salaries, property

  • NO VAT/GST or sales tax

  • NOcapital gains tax

  • NOwithholding tax on dividends and interest

  • NO estate duty

  • NOglobal taxation (offshore income allowed/only HK-sourced income is taxable)

  • NOwine duty

Source: Forbes Tax Misery Index 2009, Inland Revenue

5. International connection

  • The most globalised economy in the Ernst&Young Globalization Index 2012.

  • 3 883 international companies set up their regional headquarters and offices in Hong Kong.

  • English as the language of business.

  • The best international airport for eight of the past 11 years, with Flights to more than 160 cities.

  • International cargo hub.

  • Top choice by international exhibitions and conferences.

6. Gateway to China

  • Pearl River Delta - China’s largest and most productive manufacturing region

  • Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link scheduled for completion in 2015 – 45 mins to Guangzhou.

  • Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge scheduled for completion in 2016.

7. HK-China Business Links

  • HK handles about one-fifth of China’s foreign trade.

  • Hong Kong is the single largest source (47%) of foreign capital for Mainland enterprises.

  • Hong Kong is the world’s largest and most efficient offshore renminbi (RMB) business hub, with the world’s largest offshore pool of RMB liquidity.

  • CEPA – A special free trade pact offering Hong Kong products tariff-free entry to the Mainland Chinese market and preferential treatment in Hong Kong service trades.

8. Upbeat economic data

  • World’s 9th largest trading economy in 2013.

  • Standard & Poor has assigned its highest rating (AAA) to Hong Kong’s long-term foreign currency and local currency ratings, with a stable outlook.

  • Number of business operations in Hong Kong with parent companies overseas and in Mainland China in 2012: + 4.3% (compared with 2011)

  • Latest GDP growth rate (Q3 2013): 2.9%

  • Latest Inflation rate (Nov 2013): 4.3%

  • Latest Unemployment rate (Nov 2013): 3.3%



Thank you and see you in Hong Kong!