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February 2015 Edition

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A monthly round-up of news and events in Hong Kong as well as Hong Kong-related business and promotional activities in Australia and New Zealand

Recent News
Hong Kong Named World's Freest Economy for 21st Year in a Row
For the 21st consecutive year, Hong Kong has been ranked as the world's freest economy by the Heritage Foundation. A Hong Kong Government spokesperson said Hong Kong is committed to the free market principles which are the foundation of the city’s sustained economic stability, growth and prosperity. Read more about the ranking here.
Asian Financial Forum
The 7th Asian Financial Forum (AFF) was held in Hong Kong in January and brought together more than 2,000 influential players and business leaders from around the world. It provided a high-level platform for the global financial community to tap the investment opportunities of the evolving Asian and global economics. Read more about the forum here.
Permanent Court of Arbitration provides arbitration services in HK
With its robust legal system, wealth of experience in arbitration and its common law system, Hong Kong is ideal for conducting international arbitration. The establishment of a framework to facilitate the conduct of dispute settlement proceedings administered by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in Hong Kong amounts to a vote of confidence in the city and its legal system. Read more about the news here.
Hong Kong brings together licensing executives and entrepreneurs from across the Asia
The 13th Hong Kong International Licensing Show was held in January this year and brought together global licensing executives and entrepreneurs with the aim of shaping an Asian agenda for the worldwide licensing industry. Read more about the show here.
Overall law and order situation in Hong Kong sustains improvement in 2014
The overall law and order situation in Hong Kong saw sustained improvement in 2014, with a 7.1 percent decrease in the overall crime from 2013. Read more about the recent improvement in law and order figures in Hong Kong.

Upcoming Events

In Australia and New Zealand
City of Sydney Chinese New Year Dragon Boat Races 2015
As part of the annual City of Sydney Chinese New Year celebrations, HKETO will participate in the Dragon Boat Races in 2015. Thousands of people will cheer and celebrate Chinese New Year in style on Sunday 1 March at Darling Harbour, Sydney. Read more about this event.
Auckland Lantern Festival 2015
Now in its 16th year, the Auckland Lantern Festival will take place on 26 February to 1 March 2015 at Albert Park. Eight three-metre tall traditional pillar lanterns will be displayed to showcase Hong Kong’s attractions. Read more about the festival here.

In Hong Kong
Chinese New Year Festivities
Chinese New Year is without doubt the biggest (and most-adored) festival of the lunar calendar, with 15 days packed full of age-old traditions, cultural festivities and family celebrations! Learn more about the Chinese New Year Festivities in Hong Kong.
Art Basel in Hong Kong
Art Basel is the world's premier international art show and will be held in Hong Kong on 15-17th March. With half of the participating galleries coming from Asia and Asia-Pacific, Art Basel in Hong Kong assumes a significant role in the international art world, providing a portal to the region's artists. Learn more about Art Basel Hong Kong here.
IT Fest 2015
From mobile applications to innovations in cloud applications, IT Fest is Hong Kong's premier event for information technology and communications. The event aims to arouse the interest of the public and professionals in the latest developments on technology and applications. Read more about IT Fest 2015 here.
FILMART, Asia's largest film and entertainment market event organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, hosts exhibits such as distribution, production and acquisition of film, TV programmes, animation, digital entertainment, games, production and post-production services, shooting locations, film commissions, film festivals, film insurance and film financing. Read more about FILMART.

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