Hong Kong – CE promotes message of regular exercising in Sport For All Day 2023 (with photos/video)

CE promotes message of regular exercising in Sport For All Day 2023 (with photos/video)


     To promote the message of regular exercising for health, the Chief Executive, Mr John Lee, today (August 6) attended the Sport For All Day 2023 held by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) at the Sham Shui Po Sports Centre and took part in sports fun games.

     The focal activity of the Sport For All Day this year is “fitness exercise for wellness”. The LCSD organised a series of physical fitness demonstrations and play-in sessions for the public’s participation to encourage them to pursue a healthy body and mind through regular physical exercise.

     Accompanying Mr Lee to join the event were the Secretary for Culture, Sports and Tourism, Mr Kevin Yeung; the Director of Leisure and Cultural Services, Mr Vincent Liu; the Chairman of the Sham Shui Po District Council, Mr Chum Tak-shing; the Chairman of the Community Sports Committee (CSC), Professor Patrick Yung; the Vice-Chairman of the CSC, Mr Eric Fok; the District Officer (Sham Shui Po), Mr Paul Wong; swimming athlete Tam Hoi-lam and wushu athlete Lau Tsz-hong.

     During the event, guests watched a demonstration of interval training and viewed fun games such as surfset, electronic cardio cage, electronic battling rope, speed stacks and sport climbing. They also had a taste of fencing. While the 19th Asian Games will be held in Hangzhou between September 23 and October 8, the LCSD appealed to members of the public to enjoy the Games, as well as cheering for and supporting Hong Kong athletes.

     At the same time, to echo the Sport For All Day, 16 Principal Officials also joined the recreation and sports activities held at sports centres in various districts, including the Chief Secretary for Administration, Mr Chan Kwok-ki; the Financial Secretary, Mr Paul Chan; the Deputy Secretary for Justice, Mr Cheung Kwok-kwan; the Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs, Mr Erick Tsang Kwok-wai; the Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury, Mr Christopher Hui; the Secretary for Security, Mr Tang Ping-keung; the Secretary for Environment and Ecology, Mr Tse Chin-wan; the Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, Mr Algernon Yau; the Secretary for Health, Professor Lo Chung-mau; the Secretary for Transport and Logistics, Mr Lam Sai-hung; the Secretary for Housing, Ms Winnie Ho; the Secretary for Education, Dr Choi Yuk-lin; the Secretary for Innovation, Technology and Industry, Professor Sun Dong; the Secretary for Home and Youth Affairs, Miss Alice Mak; the Secretary for Labour and Welfare, Mr Chris Sun; and the Acting Secretary for Development, Mr David Lam.

     This year, the slogan of the Sport For All Day 2023 remained to be “Stay Active, Healthy and Happy!”. Free recreation and sports programmes were held at designated sports centres in 18 districts and most leisure facilities under the purview of the LCSD were open for free use. A live webcast of sports demonstrations was also arranged via the event’s dedicated website and the “LCSD Plusss” Facebook page to encourage people of all ages and abilities to engage in regular sports and physical activities, so as to continuously build a “Sport for All” culture in the community.

     The Sport For All Day 2023 is co-organised by the Department of Health; the Sports Medicine Team of the Chinese University of Hong Kong; the Sports Medicine and Health Science Alumni Association of the Chinese University of Hong Kong; the Physical Fitness Association of Hong Kong, China; and the Hong Kong Sports Association for the Physically Disabled.

Hong Kong – London ETO promotes Hong Kong at International Maritime Organization (with photos)

London ETO promotes Hong Kong at International Maritime Organization (with photos)


     The Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, London (London ETO), with the support of the Marine Department, held a reception at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) on March 15 (London time) to promote Hong Kong’s position as a prominent international maritime centre.

     Addressing to the audience, the Director-General of London ETO, Mr Gilford Law said, “Leveraging on its strong international connectivity and the fourth largest Shipping Register (amounting to about 127 million gross tons) in the world, Hong Kong’s maritime sector is set to thrive. The 14th Five-Year Plan expressly supports Hong Kong’s role as an international transportation centre. In order to enhance its strength as an international maritime centre, Hong Kong is seeking to establish a world-class port cluster in collaboration with other cities in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (GBA), promoting high value-added maritime and logistics services in accordance with the country’s plans and needs, and facilitating the development of smart port and digitalisation in shipping.”

     Mr Law also outlined the 2023-24 Budget initiatives in raising the maritime industry’s competitiveness, such as attracting more maritime enterprises to establish a presence in Hong Kong through tax concessions, promoting the development of smart port by setting up a digitalised port community system for enhancing operational efficiency, as well as earmarking $20 million (around £2.1 million) to expedite studies on strategies for promoting the high‑end maritime service industry and enhance exchanges among industries in the international arena and the GBA.

     “As a leading international maritime centre, Hong Kong keeps attracting global talents. Three of the 13 professions on our Talent List are marine-related, namely Naval Architects, Marine Engineers and Superintendents of Ships, and Marine Insurance Professionals. These professionals can live and work in Hong Kong without obtaining job offers in advance.” Mr Law added.

     In addition, Mr Law updated delegates on the lifting of travel restrictions and mask-wearing requirements in Hong Kong. Highlighting the launch of “Hello Hong Kong” campaign, he encouraged them to visit Asia’s World City and experience its hospitality.

     The reception was joined by the Secretary-General of the IMO, Mr Kitack Lim, and well attended by about 200 guests from delegations of IMO Member States, top representatives of international organisations, and key representatives of shipowners in London.

Hong Kong – DSJ promotes Hong Kong’s legal and dispute resolution services in Geneva (with photos)

DSJ promotes Hong Kong’s legal and dispute resolution services in Geneva (with photos)


     The Deputy Secretary for Justice, Mr Cheung Kwok-kwan, arrived at Geneva, Switzerland, on March 8 (Geneva time), the third stop of his Europe visit, to strengthen co-operation between the Department of Justice (DoJ) and international organisations and to promote Hong Kong’s robust legal system to the political and business communities.

     Mr Cheung attended a reception hosted by the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Geneva for exchanges with representatives to the World Trade Organization (WTO) from different countries and economies as well as business and industry leaders in Europe, with focus on how Hong Kong leverages on its strengths to contribute to the rules-based multilateral trading system.

     Speaking at the reception, he reiterated that Hong Kong, China has always been a staunch supporter of rules-based international trading system. It has participated in a number of disputes brought by different WTO members, including the complaint against the duties and related measures imposed by the United States (US) on steel and aluminium imports, which has helped in clarifying important legal principles of the WTO law and enhancing members’ understanding of international trade law.

     He particularly mentioned that in the case brought by Hong Kong, China against the US in relation to the origin marking requirement imposed on Hong Kong products by the US, the Panel established under the WTO Dispute Settlement Body has ruled that such requirement is inconsistent with the most-favoured-nation treatment requirement under the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade 1994. The Panel also completely refuted the US’ invocation of security exception. This ruling has fully affirmed the status of Hong Kong, China as a separate customs territory within the WTO.

     In addition to promoting Hong Kong’s legal and dispute resolution services, Mr Cheung said that following the implementation of the Hong Kong National Security Law, Hong Kong’s investment and business environment has become stable and more vibrant. He encouraged enterprises and organisations to set up offices in Hong Kong to take full advantages of the unique strengths and opportunities offered by Hong Kong as the only common law jurisdiction within China under “one country, two systems”.

     Before the reception, Mr Cheung visited the Advisory Centre on World Trade Organization Law (ACWL), and met with the Executive Director of the ACWL, Mr Niall Meagher, and other members of the senior management of the ACWL. They exchanged views on strengthening co-operation between the DoJ and the ACWL.

     Mr Cheung then called on the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary and Permanent Representative of the People’s Republic of China to the WTO, Mr Li Chenggang, and said that Hong Kong would proactively create strong impetus for the overseas development of its diversified legal and dispute resolution services, consolidating the city’s status as the centre for international legal and dispute resolution services in the Asia-Pacific region.

     Mr Cheung will continue his visit in Geneva today (March 9, Geneva time) before departing for The Hague, the Netherlands, this afternoon.

Hong Kong – London ETO promotes professional opportunities arising from Hong Kong’s infrastructure development to UK students and graduates (with photos)

London ETO promotes professional opportunities arising from Hong Kong’s infrastructure development to UK students and graduates (with photos)


     The Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, London (London ETO) co-organised a seminar with the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE) at Imperial College London on December 9 (London Time), to promote engineering career prospects in Hong Kong in relation to its various development projects to the United Kingdom (UK) engineering students and graduates.
     During his speech at the seminar, the Director-General of the London ETO, Mr Gilford Law, said, “In coming years, the Government annual capital works expenditure is expected to exceed 100 billion Hong Kong Dollars (10 billion British pounds), showing that Hong Kong invests heavily and steadily in infrastructure and other capital works.” He mentioned that, Hong Kong has sophisticated East-meets-West culture and adopts a simple tax system with low tax rates; professional and talents could experience a kaleidoscope of arts and culture, sports and entertainment while developing their career in the city. Mr Law also highlighted the talent attraction measures announced in the Chief Executive’s 2022 Policy Address, including the Top Talent Pass Scheme.

     The President of the HKIE, Mr Aaron Bok, who was having an official visit in the UK, introduced to the participants Hong Kong’s major infrastructure projects and development blueprints, including the Northern Metropolis, housing development projects and Hong Kong I&T Development Blueprint, so as to illustrate the Hong Kong’s engineering industry is full of opportunities.
     Over 100 participants joined the seminar.

Vox Media Promotes Audio Executives Ray Chao and Nishat Kurwa to SVP

Chao is now SVP and general manager of audio and digital video, and Kurwa is SVP and executive producer of audio.


Vox Media announced promotions to SVP for Ray Chao and Nishat Kurwa. As SVP and general manager of audio and digital video, Chao is expanding his scope to lead Vox Media’s audio and digital video businesses. As SVP and executive producer of audio, Kurwa will continue to oversee programming and new show development for the Vox Media Podcast Network. Both promotions are effective immediately.

“Ray and Nishat have played a key role in growing the Vox Media Podcast Network into one of the largest podcast publishers,” says Vox Media Studios president Marty Moe. “I couldn’t be more excited to announce their new roles, and look forward to working with them as we continue to produce unrivaled programming with some of the best voices in the business.”

Chao joined Vox Media as general manager of audio in 2021 to lead the podcast business for the company. In his tenure so far, he’s helped establish the Vox Media Podcast Network as the top home for high-quality shows, hosts, and creators. He led the acquisitions of Criminal Productions (home to Criminal, one of the largest podcasts in the world) and Cafe Studios (home to Preet Bharara, former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York), and new partnerships with Gastropod, Waveform: The MKBHD Podcast, Longform, and The Pitch. Chao also expanded existing Vox Media podcast franchises into video, subscriptions, and terrestrial radio, and negotiated talent deals for shows hosted by Kara Swisher, Noel King, Sam Sanders, and Ariel Helwani. He was recently named to The Hollywood Reporter’s inaugural list of “podcast power players” and to Forbes’s annual list of “30 Under 30,” and serves on the board of directors of Science Friday. Prior to joining Vox Media, he led corporate strategy at New York Public Radio and was a management consultant at Oliver Wyman.

Kurwa joined Vox Media in 2017 as the Vox Media Podcast Network’s first executive producer to oversee programming strategy, production operations, and new show development. As the network’s executive producer, she’s collaborated with the company’s editorial brands to develop a slate that includes acclaimed podcasts like daily news show Today, Explained and culture podcast Into It, and has led the development and production of shows for partners including Apple, Spotify, and Audible. She’s also launched and helped grow franchises around award-winning podcasts like tech and business show Pivot, and Land of the Giants, VMPN’s narrative series about the five major technology giants, which was adapted into a CNN+ and Vice TV series earlier this year. Named to The Hollywood Reporter’s inaugural list of “podcast power players,” she previously led the digital publishing team at American Public Media’s Marketplace and spent more than a decade as Senior Producer and News Director at the Peabody Award-winning independent production company Youth Radio.