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Hong Kong again named world’s freest economy

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 10 January, 2013, 1:19pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 10 January, 2013, 3:29pm

Hong Kong has topped the world in economic freedom for the 19th consecutive year, according to the Heritage Foundation’s index announced on Thursday.

But the conservative American think tank warned that the city could lose the top spot it has occupied since the index started in 1995.

”Although Hong Kong remains No 1 in the index rankings, the uniqueness of its commitment to economic freedom has eroded in recent years, and any further implementation of populist policies that empower the bureaucracy or undermine the principle of limited government could threaten its standing in future,” it said.

The city’s score, the first announced during Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's term, has dropped 0.6 of a point from last year to 89.3, which the foundation attributed to increases in government spending relative to gross domestic product, and inflation.

Hong Kong is followed by Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland, Canada, Chile, Mauritius, Denmark and the US.

Taiwan stands at 20th and the mainland 136th.

Although Hong Kong tops the worldwide ratings in terms of financial and trade freedom, it came15th in terms of monetary freedon and 17th in terms of limited government, a category that includes fiscal freedom and government spending.

For the mainland, the foundation noted a 7.2 point-jump this year in terms of labour freedom, though it scored 2.6 points lower on monetary freedom.



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There is plenty of venture capital in Hong Kong. It's just not typically offered to startups. The risk tolerance is much lower in HK compared to the US. On the other land, banks give loans much more easily in HK than in the US.
Also you've gone on here and said you're a former director of a tech firm, a landlord, and an accountant. You seem to complain A LOT about HK and talk about how much better things are in the US.
The US has many big problems too. It's not as perfect as you think. HK can be a very nice place for certain types of businessmen. Even unconventional ones that may not necessarily fit the typical stereotype of a HK businessman.
All I can say is that HK has benefited me and I do not regret leaving the US. I've been living here for 8 years now and am quite satisfied.
Having said that, I do agree that Heritage is a bit out of touch with reality. CY certainly needs to continue policies such as reigning in the property market, and there's nothing wrong with increasing the minimum wage and having maximum working hours. People deserve a proper work-life balance.
These guys have no idea that HK is the most monolpoly ran place in the world that our property price are controlled by government and developers artificially that drive everything here! There are virtually no VC invested in HK here man! What freedom?


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