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January 2021 issue of “Hong Kong Monthly Digest of Statistics” now available

     The Census and Statistics Department (C&SD) published today (January 15) the January 2021 issue of the “Hong Kong Monthly Digest of Statistics” (HKMDS).

     Apart from providing up-to-date statistics, this issue also contains two feature articles entitled “Hong Kong’s External Direct Investment Statistics, 2010 to 2019” and “The Four Key Industries in the Hong Kong Economy”.

“Hong Kong’s External Direct Investment Statistics, 2010 to 2019”

     Hong Kong is an international financial centre and commercial hub. It is also a gateway to the vast market of the mainland of China (the Mainland) as well as a platform for facilitating the Mainland enterprises to gain access to the global market. External direct investment (DI) between Hong Kong and the rest of the world, including the Mainland, is very sizable. Analysis of Hong Kong’s DI statistics over the past years is useful in understanding the characteristics and trend of DI in Hong Kong.

     This feature article presents the salient features of Hong Kong’s DI statistics in the past decade.

     For enquiries about this feature article, please contact the Balance of Payments Branch (2), the C&SD (Tel: 3903 7016; email: di@censtatd.gov.hk).

“The Four Key Industries in the Hong Kong Economy”

     The Government has been actively pursuing economic development in order to keep up the competitive advantage of Hong Kong. The traditional Four Key Industries in Hong Kong, namely financial services, tourism, trading and logistics, and professional and producer services, have been the driving force of Hong Kong’s economic growth, providing impetus to growth of other sectors and creating employment.  

     This feature article analyses the economic contribution and employment situation in respect of the Four Key Industries in 2019. Taken together, the share of the total value added of the Four Key Industries in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) was 56.4%, while the percentage share of total employment was 45.4%. Compared with 2018, the value added of financial services industry recorded the largest growth (+8.4%) among the four industries, with its share to the GDP increased to 21.2%. The industry employed 272 600 persons in 2019, or 7.1% of total employment.

     For enquiries about this feature article, please contact the National Income Branch (2), the C&SD (Tel: 3903 7002; email: gdp-p@censtatd.gov.hk).

     Published in bilingual form, the HKMDS is a compact volume of official statistics containing about 140 tables. It collects up-to-date statistical series on various aspects of the social and economic situation of Hong Kong. Topics include population; labour; external trade; National Income and Balance of Payments; prices; business performance; energy; housing and property; government accounts, finance and insurance; and transport, communications and tourism. For selected key statistical items, over 20 charts depicting the annual trend in the past decade and quarterly or monthly trend in the recent two years are also available. Users can download the Digest at the website of the C&SD (www.censtatd.gov.hk/hkstat/sub/sp460.jsp?productCode=B1010002).

     Enquiries about the contents of the Digest can be directed to the Statistical Information Dissemination Section (1) of the C&SD (Tel: 2582 4738; email: gen-enquiry@censtatd.gov.hk). read more

Draft Pok Fu Lam Outline Zoning Plan approved

     The Chief Executive in Council has approved the draft Pok Fu Lam Outline Zoning Plan (OZP).

     “The approved OZP provides a statutory land use planning framework to guide development and redevelopment in the Pok Fu Lam area,” a spokesman for the Town Planning Board said today (January 15).
 
     The planning scheme area, covering about 413 hectares, is bounded by Mount Davis Road to the north and Pok Fu Lam Country Park to the east. The area extends to the waterfront to its south and west. 
 
     Pok Fu Lam is predominantly a residential area with the provision of a number of government, institution or community facilities.
 
     The approved OZP has incorporated amendments made to the draft OZP No. S/H10/18, which mainly involved the rezoning of a site adjacent to the Cyberport Arcade to “Other Specified Uses” (“OU”) annotated “Cyber-Port(1)” to facilitate the proposed Cyberport expansion, and rezoning of the existing Cyberport Waterfront Park to “Open Space” for enhancement of the park.  
 
     Other zonings shown on the OZP include “Commercial”, “Residential (Group A)”, “Residential (Group B)”, “Residential (Group C)”, “Village Type Development”, “Government, Institution or Community”, “OU” annotated “Cemetery”, “OU” annotated “Cyber-Port”, “OU” annotated “Petrol Filling Station”, “Green Belt” and “Country Park”.
 
     The approved Pok Fu Lam OZP No. S/H10/19 is now available for public inspection during office hours at the Secretariat of the Board, the Planning Enquiry Counters of the Planning Department in North Point and Sha Tin, the Hong Kong District Planning Office and the Southern Home Affairs Enquiry Centre.
 
     Copies of the approved OZP are available for sale at the Map Publications Centres in North Point and Yau Ma Tei. The electronic version of the plan can be viewed at the Board’s website (www.info.gov.hk/tpb). read more

Grading of beach water quality released

     The Environmental Protection Department (EPD) today (January 15) released the latest grading of water quality for four gazetted beaches that are open all year round for swimming (see Note).

     Four beaches were rated as Good (Grade 1).

Grade 1 beaches are:

Clear Water Bay Second Beach Golden Beach
Deep Water Bay Beach Silverstrand Beach

     Under the present grading system, beaches are classified into four grades, namely Good (Grade 1), Fair (Grade 2), Poor (Grade 3) and Very Poor (Grade 4), according to the level of E. coli in the water. Grades are calculated on the basis of the geometric mean of the E. coli counts on the five most recent sampling occasions.

     A summary of beach grades is published weekly before the weekend. The latest beach grades based on the most current data may be obtained from the EPD’s website on Beach Water Quality (www.epd.gov.hk/epd/beach) or the beach hotline, 2511 6666.

Note: In view of the latest situation of COVID-19, the Leisure and Cultural Services Department announced that all gazetted beaches were closed from December 10, 2020, until further notice. read more