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GD, HK boost IP co-operation

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Guangdong and Hong Kong today endorsed the co-operation projects on intellectual property (IP) rights protection from mid-2022 to the end of 2023.   The Guangdong/Hong Kong Expert Group on the Protection of Intellectual Property Rights agreed to continue to strengthen the mutual collaboration and development of IP between Guangdong and Hong Kong.   The group’s co-operation projects cover areas such as reinforcing co-operation on IP in the Greater Bay Area, and promoting co-operation on IP protection, trading and services, exchange as well as promotion and education activities in both places.   On cross-boundary IP protection, customs authorities in both places will focus on copyright protection on the Internet, and both sides will strengthen co-operation in and exchanges of copyright enforcement.   In 2020, the expert group formulated an annual co-operation plan and extended its implementation in light of the pandemic situation. Over the past two years, group members have imple

Survey on non-HK firms released

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The number of businesses in Hong Kong with parent companies located outside the city stands at 8,978 in 2022, according to an annual survey released by Invest Hong Kong and the Census & Statistics Department today.   Of the 8,978 companies, 1,411 operate as regional headquarters, 2,397 as regional offices and 5,170 as local offices.   In terms of where these companies came from, the Mainland ranked first with 2,114 companies, followed by Japan with 1,388, the US with 1,258, the UK with 655 and Singapore with 463.   By sector, import and export trade, wholesale and retail topped the list with 4,170 companies, followed by financing and banking with 1,683 and professional, business and education services with 1,308.   In terms of jobs, the number of people engaged by these companies was about 468,000 in 2022. http://dlvr.it/SdLLMB

Beijing Office Director named

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The Government today announced the appointment of Rex Chang as Director of its Beijing Office on December 8 when serving director John Leung starts pre-retirement leave.   Mr Chang is currently Commissioner for Belt & Road.   Secretary for the Civil Service Ingrid Yeung noted that Mr Chang is a seasoned Administrative Officer with proven leadership and management skills and expressed confidence that he will serve the community with professionalism in his new capacity.   On Mr Leung’s retirement, Mrs Yeung said he had served the community of Hong Kong for 35 years and overseen the smooth operation of the Beijing Office and the two liaison units in Liaoning and Tianjin during his tenure as Director.   “He made sterling efforts in promoting regional co-operation with various provinces and municipalities, as well as rendering useful assistance to Hong Kong residents living in the Mainland and promoting Hong Kong.” http://dlvr.it/SdLL4M

7.2k COVID-19 cases recorded

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The Centre for Health Protection today said it is investigating 7,212 additional locally acquired COVID-19 cases, of which 1,544 were identified through nucleic acid tests and 5,668 via rapid antigen tests.   Separately, 524 imported cases were detected.   Furthermore, eight residential care home for the elderly and nine for disabled people logged 27 cases involving their residents and staff.   In addition to reporting that 13 more patients passed away in public hospitals due to the coronavirus, the Hospital Authority registered five more critical patients, bringing the number of patients in critical condition to 42.   Due to a number of positive cases, 37 specified places are included in a compulsory testing notice. It also covers another two places in Tung Chung and Cheung Sha Wan where some sewage samples tested positive for the virus.   The Government will reopen the ad-hoc mobile specimen collection stations at Wah Kwai Estate in Pok Fu Lam, Shek Pai Wan Estate in Aberde

CFA Society Hong Kong 30th Anniversary

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CFA Society Hong Kong (the Society) is celebrating the 30th anniversary of its founding in 1992. In celebration of its achievements, the Society rolled out a series of marketing communications programs to increase our brand awareness. The Society shares the mission of CFA Institute in raising the professional and ethical standards of financial analysts and investment practitioners through advocacy and continuing education efforts. In addition to promoting the CFA designation in Hong Kong, the Society aims to provide a forum for members, CFA Institute, other investment practitioners and regulators for networking and the exchange of industry insights and best practices. The Society is led by the Board of Directors, monitored by its Non-Executive Directors (NEDs) and advised by the Advisory Board, providing a broad range of perspectives on issues relating to the Society and protecting the interests of members. The Society is mostly run by member volunteers with the support of a team of fu

Equal court access given to all

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The Judiciary has put in place various measures to ensure the judicial process is fair to people with disabilities to ensure due administration of justice.   The Judiciary made the statement today in response to media enquiries on the accessibility aids and services it provides for disabled people, including those who are deaf and hard of hearing (DHoH), in court proceedings.   In light of the varying needs and different communication methods or support requirements amongst people with disabilities, the Judiciary provides multiple accommodation aids and services for litigants, witnesses and legal practitioners in court proceedings provided that they will not compromise the due administration of justice.   For DHoH people, the assistance includes the provision of infra-red headphones and audio-guide-like receivers in court hearings.   Noting that specific arrangements made in a court proceeding or hearing is a matter of court and case management for the presiding judges and judi

HK reports 5.3k virus cases

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The Centre for Health Protection today said it is looking into 5,331 additional locally acquired COVID-19 cases, of which 1,266 were identified through nucleic acid tests and 4,065 via rapid antigen tests.   Separately, 392 imported cases were detected.   Meanwhile, six residential care homes for the elderly and four for disabled people logged 25 virus cases involving their residents and staff.   In addition to reporting that six patients passed away in public hospitals due to the coronavirus, the Hospital Authority registered five more critical patients, bringing the number of patients in critical condition to 32.   Due to a number of positive cases, 45 specified places are included in a compulsory testing notice. It also covers another three places in Kwai Chung, Ap Lei Chau and Tuen Mun where some sewage samples tested positive for the virus.   The Government will reopen the ad-hoc mobile specimen collection stations at Ka Lung Court in Tin Wan tomorrow.   As there were