|2021/06/17||Consultation Paper on Review of Corporate Governance Code and Related Listing Rules|
The Chamber welcomes the HKEX’s proposals to enhance its existing framework on corporate governance and related listing rules. At the same time, we recommend that such changes be implemented on an incremental and flexible basis, with consideration given to their potential costs and benefits for businesses, particularly with regard to the impact on small and medium sized issuers.
|2021/06/02||Protection of Personal Information on the Companies Register|
The Chamber welcomes the Government’s proposals regarding amendments to public access to personal information on the Companies Registry. At the same time, we recommend that the public be consulted on the scope of persons authorized to access protected information, and that the proposed timeline for implementation of the new measures be shortened.
|2021/05/28||Consultation Paper on Listing Regime for Overseas Issuers|
The Chamber agrees with the HKEX that the existing listing requirements should be streamlined through the introduction of a common set of core shareholder protection standards (“Core Standards”) especially in respect of overseas issuers. The Chamber has also made a number of observations and recommendations on certain aspects of the Core Standards to facilitate issuer compliance, and enhance the city’s status as a place to list.
|2021/05/21||Producer Responsibility Scheme on Plastic Beverage Containers|
The Chamber supports the introduction of a Producer Responsibility Scheme on Plastic Beverage Containers to reduce waste and create a circular economy in Hong Kong. The Chamber agrees with the general aspects of the scheme but suggests certain areas be adjusted to promote broader buy-in and participation.
|2021/04/12||Vaccination as a means to save lives, hasten the end of the pandemic and accelerate economic recovery|
The Chamber considers achieving herd immunity in Hong Kong to be critical in bringing the coronavirus pandemic under control and restoring normalcy. To that end, a number of recommendations has been made to the Government to promote public buy-in and achieve a higher vaccination rate.
|2021/03/19||Consultation Paper on Real-name Registration Programme for SIM Cards|
The Chamber agrees with the Government that there is the need to address the abuse of SIM Cards for criminal purposes, but suggests that consideration should also be given to attendant issues such as data privacy implications and efficacy of a mandatory registration system. In light of the social impact that such regulatory changes may bring, the Chamber recommends that efforts be made to better define the rights and responsibilities of stakeholders, namely, users, operators, and regulators under the proposed programme.
|2021/03/16||Consultation Paper on Outcome Related Fee Structures for Arbitration|
The Chamber agrees with the Law Reform Commission’s proposals to relax the current prohibition of outcome-related fee structures for arbitration to enhance Hong Kong’s competitiveness as an arbitration centre, but suggests that a phased approach be adopted to the implementation of flexible fee structures. Due consideration should also be given to the protection of the interests of smaller businesses opting for such a means of dispute resolution.
|2021/02/03||Protecting Businesses and Livelihoods in the Food and Beverage (F&B) Industry|
The Chamber has called on the Government to take into account the economic implications of extended social-distancing restrictions on Hong Kong in particular sectors that have been hardest hit such as F&B operators. If the existing government guidelines on reduced dine-in capacity and evening ban were to continue, further financial assistance should be provided to offset the resultant loss in revenue and to prevent job losses.
|2021/01/28||Consultation Paper on the Main Board Profit Requirement|
The Chamber does not agree with the HKEX’s proposal to increase the profit requirement for a Main Board listing mainly because such a requirement would not be in the interests of smaller businesses in particular those outside of the New Economy. Rather, a comprehensive review of the existing listing requirements for both the Growth Enterprise and Main Boards including those on the transfer from the former to the latter should be carried out to address any intrinsic inefficiencies and promote Hong Kong’s attractiveness as a place to list.
|2021/01/27||Consultation Paper on Legislative Proposals to Enhance Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorist Financing Regulation in Hong Kong|
In response to the Government’s proposals to expand the scope of the Anti-Money Laundering Ordinance to include virtual asset services providers and dealers of precious metals and stones in Hong Kong, the Chamber has called for greater clarity on such issues as the uneven approach to regulating the two sectors in question, and rationale behind the prescribed penalties, among others. It also raised the issue of whether the Securities and Futures Commission should share regulatory responsibilities with its counterparts such as the Hong Kong Monetary Authority.