題目：Our Continued Belief In Hong Kong
作為在本地家庭的第四代，我為這片土地奉獻了一生。 作為創業公司的聯合創始人，我也在自己的電商平台上不遺餘力地維護當地的文化和生活方式。 然而，在混亂中，我每天都不得不面對無休止的匿名網絡欺凌，因為我沒有與暴力站在一起，而是為了維護社會紀律進行理性討論。 結果，我不得不退出我的公司，以保護我的家人和商業夥伴免遭攻擊。
任何想在本市開展業務的人都可以在24小時內完成註冊程序，適用的企業稅率可低至 8.25%，應稅利潤高達200萬港元。 在如此良好的營商環境下，香港在2020年共有99,405新公司註冊。
截至2021年8月，香港第二季度經濟同比增長7.6%。 過去一年，香港IPO募資額超過5000億美元，較前12個月增長逾50%。 港股的日均成交額也達到了1600億美元，比國家安全法實施前的情況高出近70%。
Title: Our Continued Belief In Hong Kong
By Mr. Clarence Ling
Thank you, Mr. Chairman. It is an honour for me to be invited to share my experiences and thoughts on this occasion.
Also a very good afternoon to fellow distinguished panelists.
I am speaking as Chairman of the Y.Elites Association in Hong Kong, a non-profit organisation with members representing next generation leaders in the commercial and social spheres.
Established in 2007, the association’s commitment is to link up thousands of young entrepreneurs and professionals in Hong Kong. By putting forward policy advisory proposals every year, our association has been deeply involved in current affairs affecting Hong Kong towards its future growth and development.
Today, I am also speaking as one of many victims in the social violence during 2019 protests.
As the fourth generation of a typical local family, I devoted all my life to this land. As a startup co-founder, I also spared no effort in helping the local culture and lifestyle on my E-commerce platform. However, I had to face with endless anonymous cyberbullying everyday during the chaos, because I didn’t stand with the violence and instead, I voiced out for rational discussion under social discipline. As a result, I had to withdraw from my business to protect my family and business partners from being targeted.
In 2019, I suffered with the city that I love. Today, I am here to offer a perspective of what is our belief in Hong Kong, on a factual basis.
Hong Kong, a city bridging its motherland to and for the international market, has been operating under the “One Country, Two Systems” principle since 1997. Under this principle, the city’s prosperity has continued to be safeguarded by its world-leading institutional environment, market efficiency and social stability.
In 2019, such foundation and the core value of Hong Kong was threatened by months of violent protests. The alleged freedom veiling radical acts in fact, was at the expense of social order and created immense business interruptions and uncertainty. To end the social chaos which conflicted the spirit of the rule of law, the National Security Law was legislated in 2020 (NSL).
After one year of implementation, the bounce of economic indicators self explains the necessity and the effort of NSL, which had enabled Hong Kong to enhance its global competitiveness, maintaining as one of the most autonomous markets in the world.
The only thing that has changed, is a more diversified blueprint and a refreshing political environment under the new electoral arrangements.
To dive deep, I would like to cite the key indicators used in the World Economic Forum Yearly Global Competitiveness Report, namely the institutional environment, efficiency enhancers and innovation.
First and foremost, the institutional environment in Hong Kong remained unchanged and continued to be the unalterable cornerstone for all market stakeholders.
My dear friends, could we ever imagine bodily harm, exposing personal information, and damaging private properties happening in an international city ruled by law?
I believe such radical acts are also unacceptable under any form of governance. Without prejudice to the independent judiciary, NSL was introduced to prevent, curb and punish such wide-spread violence and malicious activities endangering both public and national security.
Early this year, the Chairman of Hong Kong Bar Association, Mr. Harris Paul SC made the following statements,
“Hong Kong’s legal system is as good as it’s ever been.” And he emphasised that“Hong Kong has been a place where one has the best chance for a fair trial and generally speaking, that has not changed.”
This statement endorsed the irrefutable fact that a proper legal system will continue to serve and benefit all Hong Kong residents for the life and property, basic rights and freedom.
Secondly, the efficacy of government and market remained unchanged.
According to the World Competitiveness Yearbook 2021, Hong Kong ranked top in government efficiency and remained amongst the world’s top-three positions in tax policy, business legislation and management practices.
Anyone who wish to start a business in the city could finish registration process within 24 hours and the applicable Corporate Tax Rate could be as low as 8.25% on assessable profits up to 2 million HKD. Amid such a favorable business environment, a total of 99,405 local companies were newly registered in 2020.
As of August 2021, Hong Kong’s economy grew 7.6 percent in the second quarter from a year earlier. The amount of IPO funds raised in Hong Kong over the past year has exceeded $500 billion, representing an increase of more than 50% over the previous 12 months. The average daily turnover of Hong Kong stocks has also reached $160 billion, nearly 70% higher than the situation before the implementation of the NSL.
Hong Kong remains as the dreamland for all business owners.
In addition, the National 14th 5-Year Plan offered brand new opportunities.
Hong Kong is now ready to step up as an international innovation centre, underpinned by the national development strategy. The National 14th 5-Year Plan encouraged Hong Kong to leverage on its access to domestic resources for its innovation sector and embrace a positive attitude in striving further development amid the headwinds, opening up opportunities especially for young people who are interested in technology.
In this month, the Central Government also announced two ambitious plans related to the Greater Bay Area: Major expansions of the Shenzhen Qianhai - Hong Kong Modern Service Industry Cooperation Zone, and Guangdong-Macao Cooperation Zone in Hengqin. Which has been receiving magnificent responses from business community in Hong Kong and Macau as the young entrepreneurs and professionals are actively seeking growth opportunities in the mainland.
Aiming at helping Hong Kong youth to start their businesses by providing them related information and necessary assistance, the Y. Elites launched Innovative.Elite@Qianhai programme. We hope to select and incubate young people with outstanding startup ideas and provide them with startup seed funds and incubation services to realise their entrepreneurial dreams.
Over past years, our lives and some of the business models had been changed drastically. However, unchanged are the exceptional business environment and our belief in Hong Kong.
September 19th marked a very important day for all of us in Hong Kong, which is the first election after the electoral reform. It is also a very important step to let more local groups and industries’ voices to be heard, bringing the whole society back together after being hit hard in the 2019 social chaos.
I firmly believe that, with a united society and more diversified opportunities for all investors from domestic and abroad, together we can bring Hong Kong forward into a brighter future!