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Table AI.1
Balance of payments, 1998-01
(HK$ million)
                                                                  1998          1999          2000            2001

    Current account                                              34,283.0      93,447.0      70,960.0        91,525.0
    Goods and services                                           17,885.0      70,614.0      62,205.0        68,498.0
       Credits                                                1,633,997.0   1,634,696.0   1,896,947.0     1,812,069.0
       Debits                                                 1,616,112.0   1,564,082.0   1,834,742.0     1,743,571.0
       Merchandise trade balance                                -60,667.0     -24,501.0     -63,832.0       -64,970.0
           Exports f.o.b.                                     1,361,885.0   1,355,529.0   1,579,367.0     1,488,982.0
           Imports f.o.b.                                     1,422,552.0   1,380,030.0   1,643,199.0     1,553,952.0
       Services                                                  78,552.0      95,115.0     126,037.0       133,468.0
           Exports                                              272,112.0     279,167.0     317,580.0       323,087.0
               Transportation                                    85,074.0      89,230.0      99,513.0       101,815.0
               Travel                                            58,661.0      56,471.0      61,786.0        64,594.0
               Insurance services                                 3,102.0       3,065.0       3,452.0         3,942.0
               Financial services                                16,324.0      19,206.0      20,859.0        19,739.0
               Other services                                   108,952.0     111,196.0     131,971.0       132,997.0
           Imports                                              193,560.0     184,052.0     191,543.0       189,619.0
               Transportation                                    42,865.0      39,238.0      48,628.0        49,334.0
               Travel                                           104,361.0     101,889.0      97,402.0        96,057.0
               Insurance services                                 4,600.0       4,975.0       4,111.0         4,048.0
               Financial services                                 6,739.0       5,729.0       5,536.0         5,320.0
               Other services                                    34,995.0      32,221.0      35,865.0        34,860.0
    Income                                                       28,762.0      34,777.0      21,768.0        36,137.0
    Credits                                                     362,719.0     364,863.0     416,774.0       374,419.0
    Debits                                                      333,957.0     330,086.0     395,006.0       338,282.0
    Current transfers                                           -12,364.0     -11,943.0     -13,013.0       -13,110.0
    Credits                                                       5,179.0       4,419.0       4,193.0         6,344.0
    Debits                                                       17,543.0      16,363.0      17,205.0        19,454.0
    Capital and financial account                               -31,514.0     -83,374.0     -57,863.0       -85,717.0
    Capital and financial non-reserve assets (net change)       -84,094.0      -5,507.0      20,459.0       -49,187.0
    Capital account                                             -18,445.0     -13,812.0     -12,044.0        -9,059.0
    Financial account                                           -13,068.0     -69,562.0     -45,819.0       -76,658.0
    Financial non-reserve assets (net change)                   -65,649.0       8,305.0      32,503.0       -40,128.0
    Direct investment                                           -17,192.0      40,511.0      19,976.0       108,068.0
       Abroad                                                  -131,551.0    -150,178.0    -462,593.0       -70,011.0
       In Hong Kong, China                                      114,359.0     190,689.0     482,569.0       178,079.0
    Portfolio investment                                        171,052.0     256,812.0     190,782.0      -309,317.0
       Portfolio investment assets                              197,444.0    -197,347.0    -171,627.0      -305,178.0
           Equity Securities                                     65,888.0    -235,277.0    -137,154.0      -176,673.0
           Debt Securities                                      131,556.0      37,929.0     -34,472.0      -128,506.0
       Portfolio Investment Liab.                               -26,392.0     454,159.0     362,409.0        -4,139.0
           Equity Securities                                    -16,314.0     469,282.0     366,060.0         4,650.0
           Debt Securities                                      -10,078.0     -15,123.0      -3,651.0        -8,788.0
    Financial derivatives                                        25,550.0      79,225.0       1,661.0        39,108.0
    Other investment                                           -245,059.0    -368,243.0    -179,917.0       122,013.0
       Other investment assets                                  928,125.0     332,646.0     142,354.0       454,220.0
       Other investment liab., n.i.e.                        -1,173,184.0    -700,889.0    -322,271.0      -332,208.0
    Reserve assets (net change)b                                 52,581.0     -77,867.0     -78,321.0       -36,530.0
    Net errors and omissions                                     -2,770.0     -10,074.0     -13,097.0        -5,808.0

a            Negative value means an increase in reserves.

Source: Data provided by the authorities of Hong Kong, China.
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Table AI.2
Foreign direct investment inflows/outflows by major economic activity, 1998-00
(Per cent of total FDI)
 Sector description                                                                1998    1999              2000

 Inflows
 Total (HK$ billion)                                                               114.4   190.8             482.2
    Investment holding, real estate and various business services                   36.0    30.5              67.8
    Wholesale, retail and import/export trades                                      11.0    10.4              13.0
    Banks and deposit-taking companies                                              21.7    24.7               7.2
    Financial institutions other than banks and deposit-taking companies             1.4     7.8               4.1
    Transport and related services                                                   3.0     2.1               2.5
    Manufacturing                                                                    7.0     8.1               1.0
    Construction                                                                     3.0     2.2               1.0
    Insurance                                                                        1.9     3.1               0.8
    Restaurants and hotels                                                           3.7     0.7               0.8
    Communications                                                                   7.1    -0.2              -0.2
    Other activities                                                                 4.3    10.6               2.0
 Outflows
 Total (HK$ billion)                                                               131.5   150.0             462.5
    Investment holding, real estate and various business services                   58.8    28.1              71.3
    Wholesale, retail and import/export trades                                      -7.0    21.2               8.1
    Communications                                                                   3.7     6.1               3.9
    Manufacturing                                                                    1.9    17.1               3.5
    Financial institutions other than banks and deposit-taking companies             5.7     5.2               2.5
    Banks and deposit-taking companies                                               9.4     3.3               2.3
    Transport and related services                                                   0.4     2.1               1.9
    Construction                                                                     5.9     3.8               1.0
    Insurance                                                                        2.3     2.9               0.6
    Restaurants and hotels                                                           1.5     5.0              -1.7
    Other activities                                                                17.3     5.3               6.5

Note:       Individual figures may not add exactly to the total due to rounding.

Source: Data provided by the authorities of Hong Kong, China.
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Table AI.3
Foreign direct investment inflows/outflows by country, 1998-00
(Per cent of total FDI and HK$ billion)
Country                                                                   1998      1999       2000

Inflows
Total (HK$ billion)                                                     114.4      190.8      482.2
   British Virgin Islands                                                 26.5      25.6       49.4
   China                                                                  17.7      20.2       23.0
   Singapore                                                               0.4       3.1       12.5
   Bermuda                                                                18.1      12.9        7.7
   Japan                                                                   0.5       3.5        5.2
   United States                                                           5.8      10.0        3.9
   Cayman Islands                                                          4.6       0.7        2.3
   Netherlands                                                            11.5      12.7        1.5
   Panama                                                                  0.7       0.7        0.1
   United Kingdom                                                          7.3       1.0       -8.6
   Others                                                                  6.9       9.4        3.0
Outflows
Total (HK$ billion)                                                     131.5      150.0      462.5
   China                                                                  41.1      52.4       78.1
   British Virgin Islands                                                 43.7      22.1       15.2
   Bermuda                                                                 1.7       4.0        2.7
   United Kingdom                                                          2.9     -15.5        1.0
   Singapore                                                              -6.4       2.7        0.8
   Japan                                                                  -0.6       0.4        0.7
   United States                                                           1.0       0.7        0.6
   Panama                                                                 -3.0       0.3        0.5
   New Zealand                                                             3.5       0.3       -0.2
   Cayman Islands                                                          6.4       0.9       -1.3
   Others                                                                  9.7      31.8        1.9

Note:       Individual figures may not add exactly to the total due to rounding.

Source: Data provided by the authorities of Hong Kong, China.
WT/TPR/S/109                                                                                                 Trade Policy Review
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Table AIII.1
Goods subject to import licensing, 2002
                                                     Responsible
  Goods                       Purpose                                     Processing time         Fees                 Validity
                                                     authority
          a, b                As a surveillance      Trade and Industry   Two working days        Fee for Import       28 days
  Textiles
                              for the HKSAR's        Department           For Special Import      Licence              Non-transferable
                              textiles export                             Licence (Textiles)      (Textiles) Form:
                              control system                              applications are        HK$40
                                                                                              b   Fee for Special
                                                                          approved immediately
                                                                                                  Import Licence
                                                                                                  Forms: HK$43
                          c   To monitor the         Trade and Industry   Two and a half clear    No fee               Six months
  Strategic commodities
                              inflow of strategic    Department           working days for                             Non–transferable
                              commodities and                             import applications
                              to protect                                  covering strategic
                              HKSAR's access                              commodities
                              to high technology
                              products
  Rice                        To maintain a          Trade and Industry   One working day         No fee               Six weeks
                              reserve stock for      Department                                   Import licence       Non-transferable
                              emergency                                                           forms: HK$26
                              purposes                                                            per pad
                                                                                                  (containing
                                                                                                  20 sets)
  Pesticides                  Public health          Agriculture,         One working day         No fee               Six months
                                                     Fisheries and                                                     Non-transferable
                                                     Conservation
                                                     Department
  Pharmaceutical              Public health          Department of        Two working days        No fee               Six months
  products and medicines                             Health                                                            Non-transferable
  Radioactive substances      Public health          Trade and Industry   One working day         No fee               Six months
  and irradiating                                    Department                                                        Non-transferable
  apparatus
  Ozone-depleting             Environmental          Trade and Industry   Two working days        Fee: HK$940          60 days
  substances originating      protection             Department                                   Import licence       Non-transferable
  in contracting parties                                                                          forms: HK$28
  to the Montreal                                                                                 per pad
  Protocol 1987                                                                                   (containing
                                                                                                  5 sets)
                         d    To collect the         Customs and          Within 14 working       Fee HK$950           One year
  Dutiable commodities
                              excise duties          Excise Department    days                                         Non-transferable.
  Controlled chemicals        To prevent             Customs and          Within 14 days          Fee HK$790           One year.
  (for substances listed in   diversion of           Excise Department                                                 Non-transferable
  Schedules 1 and 2 of        controlled
  the Control of              chemicals into
  Chemicals Ordinance,        illicit
  Chapter 145 only)           manufacturing of
                              narcotic drugs and
                              psychotropic
                              substances
  Left-hand drive             To prevent the use     Customs and          Within 14 working       No fee               Six months
  vehicles and outboard       of these articles in   Excise Department    days                                         Non-transferable
  engines exceeding           smuggling
  111.9 kW.                   activities
  (150 horsepower)
  Optical disc mastering      To enforce             Customs and          Within two working      No fee               Six months
  and replication             intellectual           Excise Department    days                                         Non-transferable
  equipment                   property rights
                                                                                                                   Table AIII.1 (cont'd)
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                                                      Responsible
    Goods                       Purpose                                     Processing time            Fees                 Validity
                                                      authority
    Natural sand in excess      To protect            Civil Engineering     Within two working         No fee               Six months
    of 100 kg.                  HKSAR's beaches       Department            days                                            Permits are issued
                                and seabed                                                                                  for a particular
                                                                                                                            vehicle or vessel
                                                                                                                            which could be
                                                                                                                            used by different
                                                                                                                            importers
    Plants, plant pests, and    To establish          Agriculture,          Two working days           No fee               Two months
    soil                        quarantine system     Fisheries and                                                         Non-transferable
                                to prevent the        Conservation
                                spread of plant       Department
                                pests
    Endangered species of       To protect            Agriculture,          At least two working       For live animals:    Six months
    animals and plants          endangered            Fisheries and         days or more               HK$420 (per          Non-transferable
                                species and           Conservation          depending on               species)
                                prevent their         Department            complexity                 For animals/
                                over-exploitation                                                      plant parts:
                                                                                                       HK$140 (per
                                                                                                       species)
    Live animals                To protect public     Agriculture,          At least five working      Fees: HK$78 to       Three months
                                and animal health     Fisheries and         days                                   e        Permits for
                                                                                                       HK$1,055
                                                      Conservation                                                          regular importers
                                                      Department                                                            of food animals
                                                                                                                            into HKSAR
                                                                                                                            from mainland
                                                                                                                            China are valid
                                                                                                                            for six months
                                                                                                                            The validity of
                                                                                                                            import permits
                                                                                                                            may be extended
                                                                                                                            for a month upon
                                                                                                                            application at a
                                                                                                                            fee of HK$140
          f                     To ensure the         Environmental         At least 90 days before    Single shipment:     One year
    Waste
                                legitimacy of         Protection            shipment                   HK$11,595            (multiple
                                waste trade and       Department                                       Multiple             shipment permit)
                                stop any illegal                                                       shipment:            Non-transferable
                                shipment                                                               HK$18,430
                                                                                                       A deposit, bond
                                                                                                       or financial
                                                                                                       guarantee is
                                                                                                       required; this is
                                                                                                       determined on a
                                                                                                       case-by-case
                                                                                                       basis
    Frozen or chilled meat      Public health and     Food and              One working day            No fee               Six weeks
    and poultry                 food safety           Environmental                                    Licence forms:       Non-transferable
                                                      Hygiene                                          HK$26 per pad
                                                      Department                                       (containing
                                                                                                       20 sets)

a             Traders registered in the Textiles Trader Registration Scheme, need to submit a notification, in lieu of licences.
b             The Special Import Licence (Textiles) Form covers imports of piece-knitted garments made from Hong Kong origin, knit-to-shape
              panels assembled outside Hong Kong for eventual exportation to the United States.
c             Strategic commodities include certain arms and ammunitions, explosives, nuclear materials, facilities and equipment, high-speed
              digital computers, memory devices made from compound semiconductors, sophisticated communication system and radio
              transmitting equipment, encryption equipment for information security, chemical weapon precursors and manufacturing facilities,
              certain biological agents, plant pathogens and related manufacturing equipment, and facilities and articles for a use relating to
              nuclear, chemical or biological weapons.
d             Dutiable commodities are tobacco, liquors, methyl alcohol, and hydrocarbon oil.
e             For a detailed list, see AFCD online information. Available at: http://www.afcd.gov.hk/quarantine/lsk/import/spfee.pdf.
f             A permit (from EPD) is required for import of any waste, unless the waste is specified in Schedule 6 of the Waste Disposal
              Ordinance; it is uncontaminated; and is intended for recycling or reuse.

Source: WTO document G/LIC/N/3/HKG/5, 2 November 2001.
WT/TPR/S/109                                                                                                   Trade Policy Review
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Table AIII.2
Standards and/or technical regulations applied in Hong Kong, China, April 2002
  Ordinance/Regulation                       Summary of the legislation                        Changes since 1 January 1999

  Environment protection
  Air Pollution Control Ordinance            To provide for the control of air pollution       Nil
  (Chapter 311)                              from stationary sources and motor vehicles.
                                             Import into Hong Kong, China of any
                                             quantity of asbestos known as amosite or
                                             crocidolite or any substance or item made
                                             with or containing amosite or crocidolite is
                                             prohibited, except if the substances form an
                                             integral part of the structure of fittings of a
                                             ship brought into Hong Kong, China for
                                             repair or breaking up.
  Air Pollution Control (Fuel Restriction)   To prohibit the use of high sulphur content       Nil
  Regulations (Chapter 311J)                 solid and liquid fuel (sulphur content shall
                                             not exceed 1% by weight for conventional
                                             solid fuels and 0.5% by weight for
                                             conventional liquid fuels) for commercial
                                             and industrial appliances and require the use
                                             of gaseous fuel in certain areas of the
                                             territory.
  Air Pollution Control (Vehicle Design      To set out the emission standards for             The emission standards were raised for
  Standards) (Emissions) Regulations         vehicles. Newly registered vehicles shall         newly registered taxis and certain classes
  (Chapter 311J)                             comply with the latest EU or the equivalent       of light goods vehicles to Euro II or the
                                             U.S. and Japanese emission standards.             equivalent emission standards from
                                                                                               1 July 1999, and the emission standards
                                                                                               for motor bicycles and tricycles were
                                                                                               included into the legislation as from
                                                                                               1 October 1999.
                                                                                               The emission standards were raised for
                                                                                               (a) newly registered petrol private cars and
                                                                                               certain classes of light goods vehicles to
                                                                                               Euro III and the equivalent emission
                                                                                               standards; and (b) for newly registered
                                                                                               diesel private cars to the latest Californian
                                                                                               emission requirements from
                                                                                               1 January 2001.
                                                                                               The emission standards for taxis run on
                                                                                               liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) were
                                                                                               included and the registration of diesel
                                                                                               taxis was banned.
                                                                                               The emission standards were raised for
                                                                                               newly registered heavy diesel vehicles
                                                                                               (including buses) to Euro III and the
                                                                                               equivalent emission standards from
                                                                                               1 October 2001, and for certain classes of
                                                                                               newly registered light vehicles from
                                                                                               1 January 2002.
  Air Pollution Control (Motor Vehicle       To set out the specifications of motor            The sale of leaded petrol and lead-
  Fuel) Regulation (Chapter 311L)            vehicle fuel to be used in motor vehicles and     containing fuel additives was banned from
                                             prohibit the sale of leaded petrol. The           1 April 1999.
                                             specifications are determined in accordance
                                                                            a                  The benzene limit in petrol was tightened
                                             with relevant ISO/EN/ASTM standards or            to not more than 1% by volume from
                                             Institute of Petroleum.                           1 April 2000.
                                                                                               The specifications of petrol and motor
                                                                                               diesel were raised to support the
                                                                                               introduction of Euro III vehicle emission
                                                                                               standards from 1 January 2001.
                                                                                                                    Table AIII.2 (cont'd)
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 Ordinance/Regulation                     Summary of the legislation                    Changes since 1 January 1999

 Air Pollution Control (Dry-Cleaning      To control the emission of                    This is a new regulation enacted in 2001.
 Machines) (Vapour Recovery) Regulation   perchloroethylene (PCE) from the dry-
 (Chapter 311T)                           cleaning industry through the imposition of
                                          PCE emission standard on new and existing
                                          dry-cleaning machines.
                                          Specifically, the concentration of PCE
                                          inside the drum of dry-cleaning machines
                                          should not exceed 300 ppmv.
 Noise Control (Air Compressors)          To stipulate noise emission standards for     Nil
 Regulations (Chapter 400C)               certain portable air compressors.
                                          Compliance with standards set out in
                                          Council Directive No. 84/533/EEC of the
                                          European Communities.
 Noise Control (Hand Held Percussive      To stipulate noise emission standards for     Nil
 Breakers) Regulations (Chapter 400D)     certain hand-held percussive breakers.
                                          Compliance with standards set out in
                                          Council Directive No. 84/537/EEC of the
                                          European Communities or similar standards
                                          is required.
 Noise Control (Motor Vehicles)           To stipulate noise emission standards for     The noise emission standards for motor
 Regulation (Chapter 400I)                motor vehicles including motorcycles.         vehicles including motorcycles were
                                          These are equivalent to those required in     tightened on 1 June 2002 to align with the
                                          Japan and the European Union                  latest noise standards adopted in the
                                                                                        European Union and Japan.
 Food
 Public Health and Municipal Services     To regulate the standards of food to ensure   The permitted list of artificial sweeteners
 Ordinance (Chapter 132) and its          that food available for human consumption     under the Food Adulteration (Artificial
 subsidiary legislations                  is wholesome, safe, and properly labelled.    Sweeteners) Regulations was amended on
 (a) Colouring Matter in Food                                                           29 November 1999 to align it with Codex
     Regulations (Chapter 132H)                                                         standard.
 (b) Food Adulteration (Artificial
                                                                                        The scope of prohibition in respect of sale
     Sweeteners) Regulations                                                            of food containing certain chemicals in
     (Chapter 132U)
                                                                                        excessive concentrations and certain
 (c) Food Adulteration (Metallic                                                        prohibited substances under the Harmful
     Contamination) Regulations                                                         Substances in Food Regulations was
     (Chapter 132V)                                                                     amended on 31 December 2001 to bring it
 (d) Food and Drugs (Composition and                                                    in line with Codex standards for veterinary
     Labelling) Regulations
                                                                                        drugs residues in food.
     (Chapter 132H)
 (e) Frozen Confections Regulation
     (Chapter 132AC)
 (f) Harmful Substances in Food
     Regulations (Chapter 132AF)
 (g) Milk Regulation (Chapter 132AQ)
 (h) Mineral Oils in Food Regulations
     (Chapter 132AR)
 (i) Preservatives in Food Regulations
     (Chapter 132BD)
 (j) Imported Game, Meat and Poultry
     Regulations (Chapter 132AK)
 Motor vehicles
 Road Traffic (Construction and           To set out control of vehicle construction    A few regulations mainly related to wheel
 Maintenance of Vehicles) Regulations     and maintenance.                              guards and emission standards have been
 (Chapter 374-A)                                                                        updated to align with the European Union
                                                                                        and/or Japanese standards.
                                                                                                             Table AIII.2 (cont'd)
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 Ordinance/Regulation                       Summary of the legislation                        Changes since 1 January 1999

 Road Traffic (Safety Equipment)            To permit or require the provision or use of      Nil
 Regulations (Chapter 374F)                 specified safety equipment (including seat
                                            belts, anchorage point, seats with integral
                                            seat belt anchorage, and protection helmets
                                            in compliance with specified overseas
                                            standards/design rules) by persons driving,
                                            riding in or on, or using, any class of vehicle
                                            and controlling the sale, hire or possession
                                            of such equipment.
 Construction
 Building Ordinance (Chapter 123) and its   To provide for the planning, design, and          Code of Practice for Site Safety
 subsidiary legislation                     construction of buildings and associated          Supervision was updated in 2000.
                                            works; and to make provision for rendering
                                            dangerous buildings and land safe.
                                            The drafting of codes of practice and design
                                            manuals has been made with reference to
                                            available international requirements.
 Product safety
 Toys and Children's Products Safety        To prescribe the requirement for toys and         The Schedule to the Ordinance was
 Ordinance (Chapter 424)                    children's products to comply with the            amended on 1 January 1999 with the
                                            applicable safety standards: European             adoption of the revised versions of three
                                            Standards EN 71, ASTM F963, and                   of the prescribed safety standards.
                                            International Voluntary Toy Safety
                                            Standard.
 Consumer Goods Safety Ordinance            To stipulate that consumer goods shall            Nil
 (Chapter 456)                              comply with the general safety requirement.
 Fire Service (Installation & Equipment)    To require testing of portable firefighting       Nil
 Regulations (Chapter 95B)                  equipment e.g. fire extinguisher, fire blanket
                                            in accordance with a set of recognized
                                            international or overseas standards and
                                            approval by Fire Services Department
                                            before putting in use Hong Kong, China.
 Electricity Ordinance (Chapter 406) and    To prescribe safety requirements of all           Starting from 2000, it is an offence for a
 its subsidiary legislations                electrical products designed for household        person to supply an electrical product
                                            use and issue certificates of safety              unless a certificate of safety compliance
                                            compliance.                                       has been issued in respect of the product;
                                            Under the Electrical Products (Safety)            and the product conforms to the specified
                                                                                              safety requirements.
                                            Regulation (Chapter 406G) enacted in
                                            May 1998 to replace a previous regulation,        The regulation accepts only the test
                                            all electrical products designed for              reports or certification issued by specified
                                            household use and supplied in Hong Kong,          certification bodies, which possess the
                                            China shall comply with both essential and        capabilities and resources to test and
                                            specific safety requirements and shall be         certify the safety aspects of a specified
                                            issued with certificates of safety                class of electrical products for the purpose
                                            compliance. The safety requirements are           of the regulation, as proof of conformity.
                                            based on the relevant international or
                                            overseas standards relevant for the purpose
                                            of the regulation.
                                            Concerning the safety standards, IEC
                                            standards as well as relevant
                                            international/national standards that comply
                                            with the prescribed safety requirements of
                                            the EPSR are acceptable.
 Lifts and Escalators (Safety) Ordinance    To ensure the safety of new brands/models         Nil
 (Chapter 327)                              of lift or escalator, written approval of the
                                            Director of Electrical and Mechanical
                                            Services is required before installation.
                                                                                                                   Table AIII.2 (cont'd)
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    Ordinance/Regulation                       Summary of the legislation                       Changes since 1 January 1999

    Builders' Lifts and Tower Working          To ensure the safety of new brand/model of       Nil
    Platforms (Safety) Ordinance               builders' lift or tower working platform,
    (Chapter 470)                              written approval of the Director of Electrical
                                               and Mechanical Services is required before
                                               installation.
    Telecommunications
    Telecommunications Ordinance               To make better provision for the licensing       The Ordinance was amended in 2000 to
    (Chapter 106) and its subsidiary           and control of telecommunications,               empower Hong Kong
    regulations                                telecommunications services, and                 Telecommunications Authority to
                                               telecommunications apparatus and                 prescribe standards of telecommunications
                                               equipment.                                       equipment and networks.
                                               Technical telecommunications regulations
                                               in the form of Hong Kong
                                               Telecommunications Authority (HKTA)
                                               specifications and regulations/exemption
                                               orders have been stipulated for the purpose
                                               of licensing and control of
                                               telecommunications, telecommunication
                                               services, and telecommunication apparatus
                                               and equipment. The specifications adopted
                                               are identical to or essentially in line with
                                               international standards.
    Dangerous goods
    Dangerous Goods Ordinance (Chapter         To prescribe rules on classification,            To align local rules with international
    295) and its subsidiary legislation        labelling, packing, and storage of dangerous     standards in respect of the classification,
                                               goods.                                           labelling, packing, and conveyance of
                                                                                                dangerous goods, the Fire Services
                                                                                                Department is taking steps to amend the
                                                                                                relevant legislation. The Dangerous
                                                                                                Goods Ordinance was revised in March
                                                                                                2002; amendments to its subsidiary
                                                                                                legislation will be made in due course.

a           International Organisation of Standardisation; European Standards; and ASTM International.
Source: Information provided by the Hong Kong, China authorities.
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Table AIV.1
Assistance to agriculture and fisheries
                                                                                                      Terms of the loan (interest rate,
    Programme                               Objective
                                                                                                      maturity, amount, etc.)

    Emergency Relief Fund                   The Fund is intended to provide prompt assistance to      Money is granted to victims of
                                            persons (including farmers, fishermen and other           natural disasters as ex-gratia
                                            citizens) who are in need of relief as a result of a      payment rather than loan.
                                            natural disaster such as tempest, typhoon, rainstorm,
                                                                                                      During 2001/02, grants totalling
                                            landslide, and flooding.
                                                                                                      HK$3,402,465 and HK$1,067,050
                                            Grants are made available to fishermen for repair or      were released to farmers and
                                            replacement of fishing vessels and fishing gear           fishermen, respectively.
                                            damaged for loss as a result of natural disaster, fire,
                                            boat capsize, shipwreck or explosion. Grants are
                                            available to applicants who are found to have suffered
                                            a loss to an extent that merits assistance.
    Kadoorie Agricultural Aid Loan Fund     Loans are granted to individual farmers, pond-fish        During 2001/02, 121 loans totalling
                                            operators and mariculturists for development and                                       a
                                                                                                      to HK$9,035,000 were issued.
                                            working capital.

    Agriculture
    Vegetable Marketing Organization        Loans are granted to crop farmers for agricultural        During 2001/02, 80 loans totalling
    Loan Fund                               production and development.                                                          a
                                                                                                      HK$3,457,000 were issued.
    J.E. Joseph Trust Fund                  Loans are granted to farmers' cooperative societies       During 2001/02, a total amount of
                                            and individual farmers for use either as development      HK$5,050,000 (five loans to five
                                            or working capital.                                       cooperative societies and 46 loans
                                                                                                      to individual farmers) were
                                                                                                               a
                                                                                                      granted.

    Fisheries
    Fisheries Development Loan Fund         For building modern fishing vessels to fish in distant    During 2001/02, 8 loans totalling
                                            waters, for repairing / improving existing vessels, or    HK$24,786,306 were granted. The
                                            for the purchase of new vessels.                          interest rate is fixed at 6% per
                                                                                                      annum.
    Fish Marketing Organization Loan        For the repair, replacement or provision of fishing       During 2001/02, 55 loans totalling
    Fund                                    vessels, gear and equipment, including engines and                                    b
                                                                                                      HK$7,917,000 were granted.
                                            navigational and electronic aids; and any other
                                            approved productive purpose (e.g. modification of a
                                            fishing vessel such as changing from trawling to long
                                            lining, which would improve the applicant's fishing
                                            business.
    World Refuge Year Loan Fund             Loans may be granted to registered fishermen's co-        During 2001/02, a total of three
                                            operative societies or their members for any project      loans totalling HK$900,000 were
                                            deemed to be of social or economic benefit, either                b
                                                                                                      issued.
                                            to the society or individual members of the society.
    Co-operative for American Relief        For the repair, replacement or provision of fishing       During 2001/02, no loans were
    Everywhere Loan Fund (CARELF)           vessels, gear and equipment, including engines and                              b
                                                                                                      issued under CARELF.
                                            navigational and electronic aids; any other approved
                                            productive purpose (e.g. modification of fishing
                                            vessels) which will maintain or improve the
                                            applicant's fishing business.

a           Interest rates applicable to Kadoorie Agricultural Aid Loan Fund, J.E. Joseph Trust Fund, and Vegetable Marketing Organization
            Loan Fund as at 31 March, 2002: 0.09375% for a loan of less than HK$100,000 for development capital; 0.125% for a loan of
            less than HK$100,000 for working capital; 2.625% for a loan over HK$100,000 and less than HK$160,000; 5.125% for a loan
            of HK$160,000 and above; and 0.0625% for a corporate loan.
b           Interest rates applicable to Fish Marketing Organization Loan Fund, World Refuge Year Loan Fund and Co-operative for
            American Relief Everywhere Loan Fund as at 31 March, 2002 were 2.875% for individual fisherman and 1.375% for registered
            cooperative societies and their members.

Source: Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department [Online]. Available at: http://www.afcd.gov.hk/web/text/
        web/english/public_info/businese_info/loan/index.htm [4 July 2002].

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