Hong Kong – Why and for Whom? 2023-07-03T16:17:47+00:00

Hong Kong – Why and for Whom?



Why? Technically part of the People’s Republic of China since the United Kingdom ceded sovereignty on the 1st of July 1997 having administrated the territory since 1841. Under the 1984 Treaty signed between the UK and China it was agreed that save for foreign policy and defense, Hong Kong could continue to maintain its separate capitalistic economy and legal system for 50 years. Despite worries to the contrary, Hong Kong has continued to prosper and generally remains an ideal business base for those conducting business in the Far East primarily due to its economic stability, reputation and territorial tax system. However, it should be noted that mainland China has recently been curtailing individual rights for pro-democracy supporters. The Territory occupies 1,042 square Km and has a population of 7,677,645 (2023).

The advantages of using a Hong Kong company are many but include:

  1. HK is one of the World’s major trading and manufacturing centers bordering the highly industrialized Shenzhen region of China;
  2. English is widely spoken and the language of business;
  3. Lack of bureaucracy – Hong Kong is remarkably free of bureaucracy compared to many Western countries;
  4. The corporate tax system is territorial with only those profits generated from HK activities being subject to the local CT rate of 16%;
  5. The HK common law system is almost the same as that of the UK and is therefore considered to be much more business friendly and reliable than the mainland Chinese system;
  6. HK has world class communications with the rest of the World;
  7. HK is one of the wealthiest territories in the World and has a higher per capita GNP than its former Colonial Master the UK;
  8. The banking and financial sectors are highly developed;
  9. It is safe and stable.

For Whom? Hong Kong is an ideal trading location for virtually any business that is seeking a Far-East presence and/or wants to take advantage of Chinese industrial might but with the familiarity of the common law system. In short, for manufacturers, import and exporter companies, investors or indeed most business sectors HK has few if any competitors. However, it should be noted that genuine management and control together with local banking is now expected


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