|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.
|2022/06/06||Competition Commission Consultation on the Proposal to Vary (Renew) the Competition (Block Exemption for Vessel Sharing Agreements) Order 2017|
The Chamber welcomes the Commission’s proposals to extend the Block Exemption for Vessel Sharing Agreements) Order 2017 (“the Order”). At the same time, we continue to advocate for the extension of the Order for five years, as well as the removal of the market share limit for vessel sharing agreements currently imposed under the Order.
|2022/01/21||Covid-19 Quarantine Arrangements for Aircrew|
Although protecting public health is of critical importance, consideration should also be given to mitigating associated costs and maintaining connections to the outside world. In its letter to the government, the Chamber has called on the government to provide airline and air cargo operators with the adequate operational flexibility to ensure continuity in Hong Kong’s ability to obtain critical supplies in a stable and timely manner.
|2021/11/04||Competition (Block Exemption for Vessel Sharing Agreements) Order Consultation Paper|
The Chamber supports the extension of the Competition (Block Exemption for Vessel Sharing Agreements) Order (“the Order”) in its current form for another term of five years. We believe that the existing Order and proposed period of extension will provide a stable and predictable regulatory environment for and in sustaining the competitiveness of Hong Kong’s shipping and logistics sector– a major pillar of our economy. We also continue to advocate for the removal of the market share limit for vessel sharing agreements currently imposed under the Order for the reasons set out in our response.
|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.
|2020/01/13||Submission on Promoting the Use of Electric Vehicles |
The Chamber welcomes and appreciates opportunity to comment on measures to promote the use of electric vehicles (EVs) in Hong Kong. We believe Hong Kong should look to EVs as a viable means to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 and play to our advantages with respect to the city’s size, compactness and developed infrastructure in popularising the use of EVs.
|2019/10/10||Submission on Public Consultation on 2025 Air Quality Objectives Review |
The Chamber welcomes and supports efforts by the Government to progressively tighten the Air Quality Objectives. We believe air pollution remains very much a public health challenge that needs to be addressed through more ambitious targets and closer collaboration among businesses, civil society and policy makers.
|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.
|2018/09/17||Proposed Framework of Known Consignor Validation Scheme for Hong Kong-based consignors|
The Chamber supports the proposal to introduce a Known Consignor Validation Scheme in Hong Kong that is consistent with new international air cargo safety obligations. In addition to supporting the proposed implementation of third-party operated screening facilities at off-airport locations, the Chamber also suggests conferring “Known Consignor” status to shippers that are already accredited under the U.S. Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) programme and/or the World Customs Organization’s Authorized Economic Operators (AEO) scheme, given the similarities in safety requirements.