|2019/09/23||Chamber Submission to the 2019/20 Policy Address|
The Chamber has called for courage, leadership, pragmatism, and empathy to help steer Hong Kong through the unparalleled challenges that are confronting the SAR. In its recommendations to the 2019-20 Policy Address, the Chamber has also called for a transparent and inclusive approach to policy-making, better quality of life, and the strengthening of Hong Kong’s economic and tax competitiveness, among other things.
|2019/09/20||Submission on Public Engagement on Long-term Decarbonisation Strategy|
The Chamber welcomes and supports efforts by the Council for Sustainable Development to engage the public on developing a long-term decarbonisation strategy for Hong Kong. We believe the exercise of reducing our carbon footprint will require extensive and concerted efforts across all segments of the community.
|2019/08/01||Submission on Mainland Individual Income Tax to the development of the GBA|
The Chamber suggests that the difference between the day-counting rule of the Mainland Individual Income Tax and that of the Hong Kong / Mainland Taxation arrangement should be addressed and aligned in order to promote the long term development of the Greater Bay Area (GBA).
|2019/07/19||Consultation Paper on Review of the Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Reporting Guide and Related Listing Rules|
The Chamber welcomes the Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited‘s efforts to improve the quality of ESG reporting through this consultation exercise. We believe that such enhancements should be supplemented by further investments in education and training to promote better understanding of the intentions behind and benefits of ESG reporting .
|2019/04/16||Consultation Paper on Statutory Cooling-Off Period For Beauty and Fitness Services Consumer Contracts|
The Chamber appreciates that the intent behind the Government’s proposals is to address questionable sales tactics and protect Hong Kong consumers. However, we have reservations about the measures, as there is an existing piece of law that already addresses aggressive trade practices, and also due to the lack of a rigorous review that would assess the impact of introducing such a legislative change.
|2019/04/16||Proposed Amendments to the raising penalties of Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Legislation |
The Chamber agrees with the Government's objective to lower rate of industrial accidents. However, the Chamber queries whether the proposed substantial increase in the maximum statutory level of penalties on businesses can achieve such objective. The Government should take a holistic approach and focus on other approaches to reducing industrial accidents, instead of simply increasing penalties and fines.
|2019/04/02||Trade Marks (Amendment) Bill 2019|
The Chamber supports the updating of Hong Kong’s laws to allow the implementation of the Madrid Protocol domestically.
|2019/03/29||Consultation Paper 2 on 2018 Draft Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgments|
The Chamber has called for clarification of a few matters outstanding from the last round of consultation in 2016. The Chamber has also suggested that instead of a selective approach, all antitrust (competition) matters should be excluded from the Convention.
|2019/03/05||Law Reform Commission's Consultation Paper on Archives Law|
The Chamber supports the proposal to introduce legislation on the management of government information subject to a number of conditions. These include clarification on the definition of “public interest” where an application for exemption under the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance is made, and that the proposed Law be applicable to all government and public bodies rather than on a selective basis.
|2019/03/05||Law Reform Commission's Consultation Paper on Access to Information|
The Chamber welcomes the proposal to provide statutory backing to the access of government-held records. At the same time, the Chamber has drawn attention to the need to protect business information and accord the latter with the same level of protection as personal data, while calling for a definition of “public bodies” and those subjecting these the proposed Access to Information Law. The Chamber has also argued that no fee should be levied on requests for information.