|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.
|2021/03/19||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.
|2020/09/18||Consultation Paper on the proposed application of the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods to the HKSAR|
The Chamber welcomes measures which are conducive to the development of international trade such as the proposal to apply the UN Convention on CISG to Hong Kong. While there are apparent benefits of doing so, a proper cost-benefit analysis should be conducted to better assess the impact this may have on the Hong Kong business community and our status as a leading international trading centre.
|2019/12/20||Submission on Law of the People's Republic of China on Value-added Tax (Draft for Consultation)|
The Ministry of Finance of the People's Republic of China and the State Taxation Administration announced in November that it was seeking public opinion on the "Law of the People's Republic of China on Value-added Tax (Draft for Consultation)." The draft reduces the uncertainty in the current VAT law, and is a significant step in the reform of Chinese tax laws. The Chamber submitted a number of suggestions to the authorities on 20 December, after consolidating members’ opinions on the draft.
|2019/11/29||Submission on the Regulations for the Implementation of the Foreign Investment Law of PRC |
The aim of the “Regulations for the Implementation of the Foreign Investment Law” is to provide implementational details of the regulatory framework of the “Foreign Investment Law”. The “Regulations for the Implementation of the Foreign Investment Law” and the “Foreign Investment Law” will be in effect on 1 January 2020.
|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).
|2019/02/19||The second draft of the “Law of the People's Republic of China on Foreign Investment (Draft)|
The second draft of the “Law of the People's Republic of China on Foreign Investment (Draft)”was released for public opinion and comment at the end of 2018. The Draft aims to boost the Mainland’s economic development by attracting more foreign capital. Most members of the Chamber generally support the provisions contained within the Draft. However, the Chamber has some concerns about whether the proposed law will apply to Hong Kong and Macao enterprises, as the Draft does not clarify this issue. In its submission, the Chamber also shared its thoughts on a number of other areas in the Draft.
|2018/11/06||Joint Submission to Beijing on Personal Income Tax|
The PRC Ministry of Finance and the PRC State Administration of Taxation jointly released the Consultation Draft on the Detailed Implementation Rules of the PRC Individual Income Tax Law and the Provisional Implementation Measures of the Additional Itemized Deductible Items for public comment on 20 October, 2018. The four major local chambers jointly submitted a letter to the Ministries of Finance and State Administration of Taxation on 14 November to reflect Hong Kong businesses’ concerns and suggestions.
|2018/04/26||Chamber’s View and Recommendations on CEPA Implementation ( Trade in Goods )|
The Chamber submitted its proposals on facilitating Trade in Goods under Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement (CEPA) to Ministry of Commerce of PRC and Trade and Industry Department of HKSAR on 26 April 2018.