Investment Opportunities in Hong Kong SAR

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Protection of Foreign Investment

Bilateral Investment Conventions Signed By Hong Kong
Hong Kong has signed bilateral agreements for investments with 15 countries.
To see the list of countries, click here.
To see the agreements, click here.
International Controversies Registered By UNCTAD
There is no registered case of controversy.
Organizations Offering Their Assistance in Case of Disagreement
ICSID , International Center for settlement of Investment Disputes
Member of the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency
China is signatory of the MIGA Convention .

Country Comparison For the Protection of Investors

  Hong Kong East Asia & Pacific United States Germany
Index of Transaction Transparency* 10.0 5.2 7.0 5.0
Index of Manager’s Responsibility** 8.0 4.5 9.0 5.0
Index of Shareholders’ Power*** 9.0 6.3 9.0 5.0
Index of Investor Protection**** 9.0 5.3 8.3 5.0

Source: Doing Business

Note: *The Greater the Index, the More Transparent the Conditions of Transactions. **The Greater the Index, the More the Manager is Personally Responsible. *** The Greater the Index, the Easier it Will Be For Shareholders to Take Legal Action. **** The Greater the Index, the Higher the Level of Investor Protection.

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Procedures Relative to Foreign Investment

Freedom of Establishment
Yes. Visit
Acquisition of Holdings
Acquisition is authorised, except in certain sectors of activity.
Obligation to Declare
A registration certificate should be requested from Inland Revenue Department (IRD). Foreign Investment Agency in the country keeps you informed about the authorisations necessary for the establishment.
Competent Organization For the Declaration
Companies Registry
Tax authority of Hong Kong (IRD)
Requests For Specific Authorizations
Only some sectors are closed for foreign investors, like communications or other areas of activity considered for public utility.
Find Investment Service Providers in Hong Kong on

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Office Real Estate and Land Ownership

Possible Temporary Solutions
Leasing of the premises.
The Possibility of Buying Land and Industrial and Commercial Buildings



Risk of Expropriation
Expropriation can be possible but along with negotiations. They have a right to compensation.


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Investment Aid

Forms of Aid
Hong Kong government encourages foreign investments, specially projects which are aimed to introduce new or improved products and services on the territory. However, there are no direct incentives for foreign investment because in the opinion of the government, Hong Kong already offers very attractive advantages, as its infrastructures, tax system, skilled manpower, a strategic position. Invest Hong Kong is the Agency for International investment promotion and provides plenty of information in this regard.
Free Zones
Hong Kong is a free port.

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Investment Opportunities

The Key Sectors of the National Economy
The service sector has a very significant role in the economy of Hong Kong (88% of GDP).
Corporate Services, retail sale, information technologies, telecommunications, electronics and biotechnology, tourism, transport.
High Potential Sectors
Franchise, cosmetics, electronic components, architectural services, clean construction material, environmantal technologies, tourism.
Privatization Programs
Airport, social housings, social security
Tenders, Projects and Public Procurement
HK Government, E-Tender Box (ETB)
Tenders Info, Tenders in Hong Kong
DgMarket, Tenders Worldwide

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Sectors Where Investment Opportunities Are Fewer

Monopolistic Sectors
Legal services



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Finding Assistance For Further Information

Investment Aid Agency
Invest in HK
Doing Business Guides
Deloitte's "International Tax and Business Guide" on Hong Kong
Hong Kong Commercial Guide 2010 - Buy USA

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