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1 HONG KONG RIGHT PLACE RIGHT TIME RIGHT NOW European Investment in China via Hong Kong Charles Ng Associate Director-General of Investment Promotion 22 May 2012

2 Agenda Changing Trends in the type of companies setting up in Hong Kong Opportunities for Companies across various sectors and functions Key benefits of investing in China via Hong Kong

3 Agenda Changing Trends in the type of companies setting up in Hong Kong Opportunities for Companies across Sectors and functions Key benefits of investing in China via Hong Kong

4 Foreign Direct Investment 3,752 overseas/mainland companies with regional headquarters and offices Rank FDI Inflows USD bn FDI Outflows USD bn 1 USA USA China Germany Hong Kong 68.9 France Belgium 61.7 Hong Kong Brazil 48.4 China Germany 46.1 Switzerland UK 45.9 Japan Russia 41.2 Russia Singapore 38.6 Canada France 33.9 Belgium 37.7 (2011 Annual Survey, Hong Kong SAR Government's Census & Statistics Department)

5 From MACRO Global operations office Construction and mining equipment Energy management Global sourcing office US$300 million data centre

6 to Micro First flagship store in Hong Kong Product design and international sales Start-up entrepreneur Wine production Vintage & contemporary textile design

7 Agenda Changing Trends in the type of companies setting up in Hong Kong Opportunities for Companies across Sectors and functions Key benefits of investing in China via Hong Kong

8 Opportunities for companies across various sectors & different functions Health Service Education Financial Service Opportunities Professional service Retail Transport and Industrial Tourism and Hospitality ICT Innovation and Technology GHQ/ RHQ Treasury R&D Sales/ Marketing/ Business Development Relationship management Data Centre

9 Agenda Changing Trends in the type of companies setting up in Hong Kong Opportunities for Companies across Sectors and functions Key benefits of investing in China via Hong Kong

10 Low and Simple Tax System Corporate Income Personal Income Employer Social Security Employee Social Security VAT China Singapore Hong Kong VAT/GST/Sales tax Capital Gains Tax NO Withholding tax on investments Estate duty Global taxation Wine duty Source: Forbes Tax Misery Index 2009, Inland Revenue

11 Double Taxation Agreements Confirmed Double Taxation Relief Agreements with 24 trading partners: Austria Japan Netherlands Belgium Brunei Czech Republic France Hungary Jersey Kuwait Liechtenstein Luxembourg Mainland of China New Zealand Portugal Spain Switzerland Thailand Indonesia Ireland Malaysia Malta UK Vietnam As of 30 April 2012 *Not yet entered into force In negotiations: Bangladesh Canada Finland Guernsey India Italy Korea Macau Malaysia Mexico Saudi Arabia the United Arab Emirates

12 Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement Unique CEPA advantages: Mainland China s first bilateral free trade agreement Easier China access for HK-made products and HK-based service companies Available to people and businesses registered in Hong Kong of all nationalities

13 CEPA The Free Trade Pact CEPA applies to: Trade in Goods Over 1,500 categories of products (Click here for details) Exported direct from Hong Kong to the Mainland Trade in Services 46 service sectors (Click here for details) Benefits: Removes all export duties Greater market access: Eligibility: Applications approved (as at 30 April 2012) : Made in Hong Kong products, under specified Rules of Origin Trade Certificates of Goods 81,826 Companies must have substantive operations in HK Service Supplier Certificates 1,596

14 China National 12 th Five Year Plan - with a Dedicated Chapter on HK SAR Three key points: consolidating and enhancing Hong Kong's competitive advantages as an international financial, trade and shipping centre with support for Hong Kong's development into an offshore renminbi (RMB) business centre and an international asset management centre supporting Hong Kong in nurturing emerging industries and developing the six industries where Hong Kong enjoys clear advantages deepening the economic co-operation between the Mainland and Hong Kong; continuing the implementation of the Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement (CEPA)

15 China National 12 th Five Year Plan - Mainland Hong Kong Financial Cooperation Announced by Vice Premier Li Keqiang on 17 August 2011: RMB Qualified Foreign Institutional Investors (RQFIIs) allowed to invest in Mainland s securities markets; initial size is RMB20 billion Pilot projects for foreign banks to replenish capital with RMB Hong Kong enterprises will be allowed to make direct investment in the Mainland in RMB Cross-border trade settlement in RMB extended to the whole country

16 Offshore Renminbi banking in Hong Kong First launched in 2004 Currently over 130 authorised institutions offering Renminbi (RMB) services RMB Trade Settlement Handled By Banks in Hong Kong 2009: RMB 1.9 billion 2010: RMB billion 2011: RMB 1.9 trillion RMB Deposit in Hong Kong Up to March 2012 RMB billion Bond Issues and Combined Value Up to April RMB bonds issued Combined values at RMB billion

17 Invest Hong Kong What we do

18 How InvestHK Helps Investors Information to aid planning and evaluation Facilitation of visa applications, schooling InvestHK PR and marketing support for launch/ expansion Networking events, introduction to service providers

19 Get in touch Tel: (852)

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