|2022/10/19||Consultation Paper on Cyber-dependent Crimes and Jurisdictional Issues|
The Chamber welcomes the HKLRC’s proposals to introduce a bespoke law that deals with the proliferation of cyber-dependent crimes given the risks of such illegal acts on Hong Kong’s businesses. The Chamber has also called for a balanced approach in the design of the new law so that other than the objective of protecting public interest, consideration should also be given to upholding business’ legitimate needs.
|2022/07/18||Consultation on Occupational Safety and Occupational Health Legislation (Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill 2022|
HKGCC supports the Government’s policy objective of improving health and safety at work. However, we believe that it can be achieved more effectively by means other than significantly raising penalties, and doubling the period for summons from six months to one year as proposed.
|2022/02/23||Consultation Paper on Updating Hong Kong's Copyright Regime|
The nature of the consultation, which concerns copyright owners and users, mean that the Chamber was unable to achieve unanimity when responding to some of the Government’s proposals to update Hong Kong’s existing copyright law. As such, the Chamber has called for a balanced approach that takes into account the rights of owners and users, while reflecting views from both perspectives on such proposals as adopting an exhaustive approach on copyright exceptions and introduction of a judicial site-blocking mechanism.
|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.
|2021/03/19||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.
|2020/06/05||Submission to the Legislative Council Panel on Commerce and Industry on the Development of Innovation and Technology, and Re-industrialisation in Hong Kong|
In response to an invitation by the LegCo Panel on Commerce and Industry to submit views on innovation and technology development and re-industrialization policy in Hong Kong, the Chamber has put forward a number of recommendations. These include, among other things, enhancing existing regulations and funding programmes, grooming local and attracting international talent, and creating synergies within the Greater Bay Area through a division of labour approach.
|2017/09/20||HKGCC’s Response to “Smart Hong Kong Consultancy Study Report”|
The Chamber has all along been supporting the Government’s initiative to embrace and adopt technology more widely to develop Hong Kong into a smart city. While the business sector would like to see prompt and concrete actions of a smart government, we therefore urge the Government to be more swift and resolute in breaking through the bureaucratic routine and take the lead to scale up the momentum immediately.
|2017/09/07||Consultation paper on the Proposed Change in the Allocation of the 3.4 – 3.7 GHz Band from Fixed Satellite Service to Mobile Service|
The Chamber supports the proposal on the reallocation of the frequency spectrum 3.4 – 3.7 GHz band from fixed satellite service to mobile service. We believe the arrangement can enable the adoption of 5G services in Hong Kong, facilitate our development as a smart city, foster Internet of Things initiatives and achieve parity in mobile service standards with Mainland China and other jurisdictions.
|2017/04/27||Hong Kong 2030+: Towards a Planning Vision and Strategy Transcending 2030|
The Chamber welcomes the Government's proposals under the updated masterplan "Hong Kong 2030+: Towards a Planning Vision and Strategy Transcending 2030." It is encouraging that the Government is planning to build a green, smart and liveable city, but the Chamber worries about how various master plans such as “Hong Kong 2030+,” “Hong Kong Smart City Blueprint,” “Hong Kong’s Climate Action Plan 2030+” and “Railway Development Strategy 2014” can be aligned with each other; and how labour supply and talent development can meet demand for our future development.