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Computer information system integration (SI) qualification certification 

Under CEPA II, Hong Kong service suppliers can apply for the computer information system integration (SI) qualification certification in accordance with the provisions of the relevant regulations and rules promulgated by the Mainland. In consideration of the differences in business environment between Hong Kong and the Mainland, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT, the then Ministry of Information Industry) has agreed to institute a series of transitional arrangements to facilitate Hong Kong IT service suppliers to apply for the SI qualification certification. During the transitional period from 1 January 2005 to 31 December 2006, a series of special arrangements on certain assessment criteria are instituted for Hong Kong IT service suppliers to facilitate them to apply for the SI qualification certification.

In consideration of the implementation of the two-year transitional period, both the OGCIO and MIIT agreed to effect the following arrangements on 1 January 2007 through the further liberalization measures under CEPA in 2006 -

(a) For enterprises applying SI qualification certification, there is no assessment on the "Professional Title";
(b) Projects undertaken in both the Mainland and Hong Kong can be taken into account in counting the business turnover in SI;
(c) For enterprises applying for Level 3 qualification certification, personnel involved in software development and system integration should not be less than 40; and
(d) The quality management system of enterprises applying for levels one to three of the SI qualification certification is required to be certified by a third-party assessment body only.

Hong Kong enterprises must be valid holders of Certificate of Hong Kong Service Supplier (HKSS) under the sub-sector of "Information Technology Services (ITS)" before applying for Computer Information System Integration Qualification Certification. Since 1 January 2005, 17 Hong Kong enterprises have applied for and are granted Certificate of HKSS under the sub-sector of ITS. Among the aforesaid 17, 7 enterprises have applied for and are awarded Computer Information System Integration Qualification Certification.

You may refer to the Office of the Government Chief Information Officer Notices to Local IT Service Suppliers No. 3/2006 and 1/2008 for the details and application procedures for SI qualification certification and relevant project manager qualification under the special arrangements.

You may refer to the web pages of the Computer Information System Integration Qualification Certification Office of the MIIT (http://www.ceecm.gov.cn)

Please refer to the document below for frequently asked questions relevant to SI qualification certification:

PDF file format Frequently Asked Questions 

Wholly-owned enterprises that provide data processing services and software implementation services 

Under Supplement IV to CEPA, Hong Kong service suppliers are allowed to set up wholly-owned enterprises in the Mainland to provide software implementation services.

Under Supplement IV to CEPA, Hong Kong service suppliers are allowed to set up wholly-owned enterprises in the Mainland to provide data processing services.

According to CEPA Supplement IV, Hong Kong enterprises must be valid holders of Certificate of Hong Kong Service Supplier (HKSS) under the sub-sector of "Computer and related services (COS)" before setting up wholly-owned enterprises in the Mainland to provide software implementation services and data processing services.

Under Supplement X to CEPA, contractual service providers employed by Hong Kong service suppliers, in the mode of movement of natural persons, are allowed to provide software implementation services in the Mainland.

Please refer to the document below for frequently asked questions relevant to software implementation services and data processing services:

PDF file format Frequently Asked Questions

Individually owned stores that provide computer repair services, computer services and software services 

According to Supplement III, IV, VIII & IX to CEPA, Hong Kong permanent residents with Chinese citizenship are allowed to set up, in accordance with the relevant Mainland laws, regulations and administrative regulations, individually owned stores in all provinces, autonomous regions, and municipalities directly under the Central Government in the Mainland without being subject to the approval procedures applicable to foreign investments, to provide computer repair services, computer services and software services (excluding franchising operation). There are no restrictions on the number of persons engaged in the operation and the business area of individually owned stores. Besides, the identity authentication requirements on Hong Kong permanent residents with Chinese citizenship setting up, in accordance with the relevant Mainland laws, regulations and administrative regulations are lifted for individually owned stores in Guangdong Province.

Details on the application procedures for establishing individually owned stores in the Mainland can be found in Trade and Industry Department (TID)'s CEPA web page:

http://www.tid.gov.hk/english/cepa/tradeservices/ownedstores.html

Qualification examinations for professionals and technicians, in particular for proficiency in computer technology and software 

Under CEPA II, eligible Hong Kong residents are allowed to take a wide range of qualification examinations for professionals and technicians in the Mainland, including the qualification examinations for proficiency in computer technology and software. An examination centre has been established in Hong Kong to facilitate Hong Kong IT professionals to take the China Qualification Certificate of Computer and Software Technology Proficiency locally.

Information regarding the qualification examination can be found in the relevant web page of MIIT's Education and Examination Centre:

http://www.ceiaec.org/zgks.htm

Details on the arrangement of the qualification examination in Hong Kong can be found in the relevant web page of the Asian Pacific Education Centre:

http://www.apec.org.hk

Mutual recognition of electronic signature certificates issued by Hong Kong and Guangdong 

Under Supplement V to CEPA, the Mainland and Hong Kong will facilitate the development of secure cross-boundary electronic commerce through mutual recognition of electronic signature certificates issued by Hong Kong and Guangdong.

Details can be found in Mutual Recognition of Electronic Signature Certificates issued by Hong Kong and Guangdong web page:

http://www.ogcio.gov.hk/en/business/mainland/hk_guangdong_ecert_recognition.htm

Provide database services 

Under Supplement IX to CEPA, Hong Kong service suppliers are allowed to provide cross-boundary database services in Qianhai and Hengqin on a pilot basis. Definition of database services is from World Trade Organization (WTO) United Nations Provisional Central Product Classification UNCPC844.

Under Supplement IX to CEPA, Hong Kong service suppliers are allowed to set up joint venture enterprises in the Mainland to provide database services (confined to internet data centre services, store and forward services, and content services only). The proportion of Hong Kong service suppliers' shareholding should not exceed 50%.

Please refer to the document below for frequently asked questions relevant to cross-boundary database services:

PDF file format Frequently Asked Questions

Online data processing and transaction processing services 

Under Supplement X to CEPA, Hong Kong service suppliers are allowed to set up joint venture enterprises in Guangdong Province to provide online data processing and transaction processing services (confine to e-commerce business websites only). Hong Kong service suppliers’ shareholding should not exceed 55%.

Also, contractual service providers employed by Hong Kong service suppliers, in the mode of movement of natural persons, are allowed to provide online data processing and transaction processing services in the Mainland.

Commodity trade and information sharing between Guangdong and Hong Kong 

Under Supplement X to CEPA, the following is added to the Certification, accreditation and standardization Management section of Trade and Investment Facilitation:

To promote efficiency of the supply chain of the commodity trade between Guangdong and Hong Kong by opening up the commodity information platform to members of the commodity bar code system of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region to enjoy the same services as those system members in the Mainland.

To strengthen the sharing of commodity information resources between Guangdong and Hong Kong with a view to achieve bilateral verification and inspection of commodity information circulated between the two places by employing the global uniqueness of commodity barcoding and to jointly combat counterfeit commodities so to optimize the business environment.

Other Relevant Information about CEPA

You may access the CEPA web page of the Trade and Industry Department (TID) for other relevant information about CEPA.

 



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