Main ContentCooperation with Mainland
To promote the joint economic prosperity and development of the Mainland and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, and to facilitate the further development of economic links between the two sides and other countries and regions, the two sides signed the Mainland and Hong Kong Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement (CEPA) in 2003 and 10 sets of supplements in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. The measures relevant to IT industry include:
Trade in Services Liberalization Measures:
- To allow Hong Kong service suppliers to apply for qualification certification of computer information system integration
- To allow Hong Kong service suppliers to set up wholly-owned enterprises in the Mainland to provide software implementation services and data processing services
- To allow Hong Kong permanent residents with Chinese citizenship to set up individually owned stores in the Mainland to provide computer repair services, computer services and software services
- To allow Hong Kong residents to take qualification examinations for professionals and technicians, in particular for proficiency in computer technology and software
- To allow Hong Kong service suppliers to provide cross-boundary database services in Qianhai and Hengqin on a pilot basis
- To allow Hong Kong service suppliers to set up joint venture enterprises in the Mainland to provide database services
To allow Hong Kong service suppliers to set up joint venture enterprises in Guangdong Province to provide online data processing and transaction processing services
Trade and Investment Facilitation Measure:
- To take forward the mutual recognition of electronic signature certificates issued by Guangdong and Hong Kong
- To promote commodity trade and information sharing between Guangdong and Hong Kong by opening up the commodity information platform
To strengthen the co-operation in information industry and informatisation between Hong Kong and Guangdong, the Eighth Plenary of the Hong Kong/Guangdong Co-operation Joint Conference held on 28 September 2005 agreed to include informatisation as a key aspect of co-operation and establish an expert group to look after the matter.
The Hong Kong/Guangdong Expert Group on Co-operation in Informatisation (EGCI) was established in 2006. Eight Plenary meetings had been held on 17 May 2006 in Guangzhou, 22 June 2007 in Hong Kong, 4 July 2008 in Guangzhou, 10 July 2009 in Hong Kong, 9 July 2010 in Guangzhou, 20 July 2011 in Hong Kong, 10 August 2012 in Guangzhou and 26 July 2013 in Hong Kong respectively.
To strengthen Hong Kong/Guangdong Co-operation in Informatisation, OGCIO and the Economic & Information Commission of Guangdong Province (former Department of Information Industry of Guangdong Province) had signed the "Arrangement on Strengthening Hong Kong/Guangdong Co-operation in Informatisation" after the Tenth Plenary of the Hong Kong/Guangdong Co-operation Joint Conference held on 2 August 2007.
To further strengthen the Co-operation in Informatisation between Hong Kong and Guangdong, the Commerce & Economic Development Bureau and the Economic & Information Commission of Guangdong Province had signed "The Agreement on Information Framework Co-operation" after the Sixteenth Plenary of the Hong Kong/Guangdong Co-operation Joint Conference held on 16 September 2013.
The main co-operation areas of EGCI for 2013/14 include:
- To speed up the development of information services industry;
- To build cross-boundary infrastructure;
- To promote co-operation in Internet of Things and construction of "Intelligent City Clusters" in the Greater Pearl River Delta;
- To promote expedited customs clearance between Guangdong and Hong Kong;
- To explore the adoption of green electronic customs seals; and
- To introduce the use of unified clearance documents.