Hong Kong Advantage

Knowledgeable, experienced and well-connected, Hong Kong has a unique combination of advantages to partner with investors, intermediaries and project owners worldwide to take advantage of Belt and Road opportunities.

PROXIMITY to the Chinese mainland

  • Located on the Southeast coast of China with easy access to all major mainland cities
  • Gateway to the Chinese mainland for global businesses
  • Springboard for mainland enterprises to reach international markets

INTERNATIONALITY

  • Ranked among the top performers globally in "international experience" and availability of a skilled global workforce1
  • Home to a large professional services cluster with extensive global networks and affiliations
  • Preferred base for multinationals, international chambers of commerce, global organisations and media companies
  • Regional hub for legal services and dispute resolution underpinned by a trusted common law system and an independent judiciary

CONNECTIVITY to Asia and beyond

  • Within a five-hour flight from half the world's population
  • International logistics hub with world-class infrastructure and one of the world's busiest and most efficient container ports
  • Regional transport and communications hub with an award-winning international airport and state-of-the-art information and telecommunication networks

QUALITY and DIVERSITY of services

  • The World's most services-oriented economy with services accounting for more than 90 per cent of GDP
  • Vibrant capital market offering diversified fund raising channels
  • Global offshore renminbi trade settlement, financing and asset management service centre connecting regions along the Belt and Road
  • Experienced in assisting Chinese mainland enterprises, project sponsors, lenders and private equity funds in structuring and financing public-private partnership projects such as ports, highways and power plants

SYNERGY

  • Asia's second-largest private equity centre managing about 20 per cent of the total capital pool in the region
  • Largest source of foreign direct investment for the Chinese mainland and the world's second-largest source of foreign direct investment
  • Regional fund and asset management centre with a high concentration of international fund managers and collective investment schemes
  • One-stop shop for professional services, logistics, shipping, telecommunications, construction and engineering to meet project needs

EFFICIENCY and FLEXBILITY

  • Ranked the world's freest economy2 and the fifth-easiest place in the world to do business3
  • Efficient business environment supported by a stable and fully convertible currency, the absence of exchange controls, low tax rates and a simple tax structure, and the free flow of information, capital and talents

 

Team Hong Kong

Government and public organisations

  • The Hong Kong Trade Development Council provides information and facilitates Belt and Road-related opportunities through its global network of 46 offices and its experience in organising some of the world's leading trade fairs and service promotion events.
  • Through the setting up of the Infrastructure Financing Facilitation Office, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority will play a key role in pooling together key stakeholders from the public and private sectors to exchange information and share experience with a view to facilitating more efficient and Sustainable investment flows into the Belt and Road countries.
  • Hong Kong Stock Exchange, the world's eighth-largest stock market in terms of market capitalisation and one of the world's top three IPO markets, is an ideal fundraising channel for new and ongoing development projects.

Professional and financial advisory services

  • Hong Kong's accounting, insurance, due diligence, tax and management consulting services have extensive experience working with global investors, lenders and public sector entities in market entry assessment, corporate finance and transaction structuring, corporate governance and tax advisory, compliance and auditing, and risk evaluation and allocation.

Investment and financing

  • Hong Kong is the largest capital market in Asia with diverse financing channels including equity listing, syndicated loans, private equity funds and renminbi-denominated bonds. All of the more than 150 international and local banks in Hong Kong, of which 70 rank among the world's top 100, are active in corporate loans, syndicated loans and project financing in the region.

Trade and logistics

  • As a logistics and maritime services hub as well as a regional trading centre, Hong Kong can be a trade and logistics integrator for cooperation in road, rail, aviation and maritime transport among Belt and Road countries by providing support services such as research and management advisory to development projects.

Project planning and development

  • With its internationally-recognised technical skill set, expertise in project management and consulting, and a proven track record in build-operate-transfer (BOT) projects and partnerships with Chinese and international infrastructure companies, Hong Kong's project management and engineering sector is among the world's most experienced in advising and managing large-scale projects globally.

Legal and dispute resolution Services

  • Hong Kong is home to some 850 local solicitor firms and more than 70 global law firms. Legal advisors based in Hong Kong are familiar with the legal and regulatory landscape of different countries around the world and can play a pivotal role in Belt and Road development.
  • Benefiting from a sound and independent legal system, Hong Kong has long been a regional hub for dispute resolution, with the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre rated the most preferred seat of arbitration outside Europe4.

 

 
  1. IMD World Talent Report, IMD World Competitiveness Centre, November 2015
  2. Index of Economic Freedom, Heritage Foundation, February 2016
  3. Doing Business 2016: Measuring Regulatory Quality and Efficiency, World Bank, October 2015
  4. 2015 International Arbitration Survey, School of International Arbitration, Queen Mary University of London, October 2015