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10 August 2022

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The Support and Consultation Centre for SMEs (SUCCESS) is an information and advisory centre for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) run by the Trade and Industry Department (TID).  If you are looking for free business information and practical consultation services, please visit SUCCESS.  The counter service of SUCCESS has been resumed.  Meanwhile, webinars, Customer Hotline (Tel.: (852) 2398 5133) and Email Enquiry ( continue to be operated as usual. 

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What's New

2022 Policy Address consultation launched

The Government launched a public consultation for the Chief Executive's 2022 Policy Address on 25 July 2022.  The Chief Executive, Mr John Lee, will deliver his first Policy Address on 19 October 2022.

The Government will conduct about 30 consultation sessions to listen to views and suggestions of the Legislative Council Members, representatives of various sectors and members of the public.  Mr Lee and his governing team will also conduct district visits to meet with members of the public and representatives of different sectors to tap public views through multiple channels.

Starting from 25 July 2022, members of the public can give their views through the Policy Address website (, via the dedicated Facebook page for the Policy Address public consultation (, or by email (, phone (2432 1899) or fax (2537 9083).

For relevant press release, please visit

Government announced adjustments to quarantine and testing arrangements for inbound persons

The Government announced on 8 August 2022 that from 12 August 2022 (Hong Kong time), inbound persons from overseas places or Taiwan will be subject to quarantine under the "3+4" model, i.e. they will be subject to compulsory quarantine in designated quarantine hotels for three days, followed by medical surveillance at home for four days, with multiple tests during medical surveillance and the monitoring period thereafter.  They will be subject to Amber Code restrictions under the Vaccine Pass during medical surveillance period, and are not allowed to enter high-risk premises involving mask-off or group activities, as well as other premises requiring key protection, for more targeted management and control of infection risks.  To complement the new quarantine measures, the Government will also streamline the quarantine and testing procedures of inbound persons from overseas places or Taiwan at the Hong Kong International Airport, and simultaneously rationalise quarantine and testing requirements for inbound persons from the Mainland or Macao.

For details of the adjusted quarantine and testing arrangements, please visit the following press releases:

Government announces adjustments to quarantine arrangements for inbound persons

Press Conference of Anti-epidemic Command and Coordination Group (Chinese only)

Addition of the Red Code and Amber Code into the Vaccine Pass

The Government announced on 8 August 2022 the addition of the Red Code and Amber Code into the Vaccine Pass to differentiate persons with higher risk of infection.  Starting from 9 August 2022, confirmed cases will be categorised as persons with a Red Code, and inbound persons from overseas places or Taiwan will be categorised as persons with an Amber Code.  Their Vaccine Pass QR codes will be displayed in red or amber accordingly.  Persons-in-charge of premises should deny entry of relevant persons to relevant premises in accordance with relevant rules.

For details of the Red Code and Amber Code, please visit the following press release and watch the short clip:

Government announces enhanced Vaccine Pass function

LeaveHomeSafe “red and amber codes”

The Food and Environmental Hygiene Department also held a webinar on 8 August 2022 for catering businesses on arrangements for Red Code and Amber Code of Vaccine Pass.  For relevant press release and the footage of the webinar, please visit and

Events & Activities of the SME Link

To enhance the integrated services of the four existing SME Centres, including the SUCCESS under the TID, the "SME Centre" under the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), the "SME One" under the Hong Kong Productivity Council (HKPC) and the "TecONE" under the Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation, the TID has established a web portal called "SME Link" for SMEs to access comprehensive information and support services from a single online platform.  The "Events & Activities" of the SME Link facilitates enterprises to obtain information on SMEs related seminars/workshops/activities, including those organised by the four SME Centres from a single platform, and also provides links to the relevant event web pages to facilitate registration. 

Please click here to browse the Events & Activities of the SME Link.


SUCCESS Activities

Webinar: "Latest Trends of Cross-border E-commerce in Southeast Asia in the Post-Pandemic Era"
(This webinar will be live-streamed on 17 August 2022)

The pandemic accelerated the development of e-commerce market in Southeast Asia, changing the consumer behaviour there.  With the vibrant development of e-commerce, Hong Kong enterprises could enter the Southeast Asia market through e-commerce.  In this webinar, an expert will introduce the impact of pandemic on and the latest trend of the e-commerce market in Southeast Asia.  An enterprise representative will also share experience of operating e-commerce business in Indonesia, including challenges encountered, opportunities of running e-commerce there and points to note for SMEs.  (This webinar will be conducted in Cantonese.)

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Trade and Industry Department / SUCCESS-supported Activities

HKMA/ HKT Global Innovation Award 2022/23

This Award is organised by the Hong Kong Management Association (HKMA).  SUCCESS is one of the supporting organisations.  The Award aims to promote innovation and recognise businesses or organisations for outstanding achievements in innovation.  The Award is now open for application.  The application deadline is 1 December 2022.

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Topical Issues


Support Measures relating to Liquidity

In view of the cash-flow pressure of SMEs, SUCCESS has compiled a summary of support measures relating to liquidity.

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SME ReachOut

Amid difficult business environment, HKPC knows SMEs are in the urgent need of cash to keep business running.  The "SME ReachOut" support team is here to help SMEs well equip for bouncing back, through introducing and matching the appropriate funding schemes.

"SME ReachOut", a dedicated service team operated by HKPC, has commenced operation starting from 1 January 2020 to support SMEs through free-of-charge one-on-one meetings.  The team would help SMEs identify funding schemes that suit their needs, while answering questions relating to applications.

There are over 40 funding schemes provided by the Government for SMEs, with different funding scopes, amounts and requirements.  "SME ReachOut" serves to enhance SMEs' understanding of the Government's funding schemes, with a view to encouraging better utilisation of the support provided by the Government, and to enhancing their competitiveness and development.

For further information or enquiries, please contact "SME ReachOut" Hotline / WhatsApp (Text Message Only) at 2788 6868 or email by or visit


Dedicated Fund on Branding, Upgrading and Domestic Sales (BUD Fund)

The Trade and Industry Department (TID) has rolled out an enhancement to the BUD Fund on 27 June 2022.

To further support enterprises in making use of the better protection afforded by Investment Promotion and Protection Agreements (IPPAs) to develop more diversified markets, the geographical scope of the BUD Fund has been extended with an addition of two economies with which Hong Kong has signed IPPAs, namely Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates.

The geographical scope of the BUD Fund has been extended, in three phases since July 2021, from 20 economies with which Hong Kong has signed Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) to cover 37 economies1 with which Hong Kong has signed FTAs and/or IPPAs.

The Hong Kong Productivity Council (HKPC) as the BUD Fund implementation partner regularly organises seminars/webinars in order to enhance enterprises’ understanding of the BUD Fund.  For more details of the BUD Fund, please visit its website ( or contact the HKPC at 2788 6088.


1Besides the two newly added economies of Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates, the other 35 economies covered under the BUD Fund are the Mainland, New Zealand, the four member states of the European Free Trade Association (i.e. Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland), Chile, Macao, the ten member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (comprising Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam), Georgia, Australia, Japan, Korea, Austria, Belgo-Luxembourg Economic Union, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, the Netherlands, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

Webinar "Sustainable Finance for Hong Kong’s Post-Covid SMEs"

(This webinar will be live-streamed on 18 August 2022)

The webinar is organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council.  The COVID-19 outbreak gave a wake up call on the global supply chain for businesses, including SMEs who are the backbone of the world economy, causing them to recalibrate their supply chain strategies and shift to a more sustainable approach by incorporating environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations.  This webinar will focus on the ways in which SMEs can make good use of ESG financing solutions to develop sustainability‑related projects for generating measurable, beneficial social or environmental impacts alongside positive financial returns.  (This webinar will be conducted in Cantonese.)

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Business News

GDETO Newsletter

The latest issue of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Guangdong (GDETO) Newsletter has been published.

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Commercial Information Circulars (CICs) of the Mainland

The Trade and Industry Department issued a number of Commercial Information Circulars (CICs) on the Mainland's trade and economic rules and regulations.  The latest CICs have been published. 

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