Hong Kong moves up in the world of competitiveness to seventh

Hong Kong was ranked No 1 in the world for infrastructure and financial market development in the World Economic Forum's competitiveness report. Photo: Robert Ng

Hong Kong has moved two places up to seventh in the latest World Economic Forum’s (WEF) global competitiveness report, which was released on Wednesday.

Wednesday, 4 September, 2013, 8:22pm 2 comments

Hong Kong must seek ways to build on its advantages

This picture shows office buildings on Hong Kong Island and the skyline of Hong Kong under a clear sky. Photo: David Wong

Constructive criticism is not always easy to take, especially for a place as successful as Hong Kong. Yet, if we ignore our critics, we miss the opportunity to identify weaknesses and make improvements.

7 May 2013 - 2:22am 2 comments

Adapting to challenges of a changing world

Illustration: Corbis

In a rapidly changing world, we have to prepare ourselves for challenges that will confront us every day. This requires a liberally educated citizenry. To indicate the importance of liberal education to a democratic society, let me quote David Kearns, former CEO of Xerox Corporation.

2 Dec 2012 - 3:53pm

What's being said on

On the shortage of international primary school places in HK:

Douglas Bland - The government has done enough damage already, it should allow the schools and concerned business networks to come up with proposals to create more international school capacity.

7 Nov 2012 - 1:57am

City could suffer from steep levy

If Hong Kong wants to close its doors to this market, then international business will have no option but to relocate to where that market is. Photo: EPA

Hong Kong has for many years traded on the idea that it is Asia's global city, a welcoming home and gateway for foreign business to work in China and Southeast Asia.

It is the equivalent of London for Europe, New York for North America and Dubai for the Middle East.

6 Nov 2012 - 2:25am

A competitive city or an easy touch?

Is Hong Kong's competitiveness really being eroded by the lack of international school places?

Is Hong Kong's competitiveness really being eroded by the lack of international school places? This is the rallying cry that the international business chambers periodically sound when they demand more schools and places.

3 Nov 2012 - 2:45am 4 comments

Letters to the Editor, November 1, 2012

Hakka village is important heritage site

Hongkongers see their trips to the countryside during holidays and at weekends as an opportunity to enjoy greenery and breathe fresh air.

One of their favourite haunts is Sai Kung, and the village of Pak Sha O has a rich ecological and cultural heritage.

1 Nov 2012 - 2:58am

Free market no panacea for Hong Kong's ills

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying has dismissed the governing concept of "positive non-interventionism" as obscure and contradictory. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

Hong Kong has for many years been singled out by conservative think tanks as the freest economy. It will be interesting to see what is made of the interventionist rhetoric of Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying in outlining his governing philosophy in a keynote speech to lawmakers. It does not take much to upset them.

25 Oct 2012 - 2:42am

Balancing risk key for mainland firms

Even as the acute stress of the financial crisis begins to ease, companies are left dealing with some of its lingering effects, and mainland firms are no exception.

7 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Advisory body's chairwoman reappointed

Teresa Cheng Yuek-wah will be reappointed chairwoman of the Transport Advisory Committee for two more years from October 1. The senior barrister has led her 15-strong team through many big transport issues, including a review of the taxi trade's competitiveness.

27 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

Let the worriers worry about our competitiveness

'Asked about the economic challenges ahead, the city's declining competitiveness was ranked first or second by a total of 45 per cent of the respondents.'

SCMP, February 18

19 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

China outranks US in study of hi-tech competitiveness

A study of technological competitiveness by a research institute in the US has given China - often regarded as a low-tech, low-cost manufacturing centre - its highest ranking to date.

26 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Class action

The American Chamber of Commerce wants the government to help international schools expand in order to tackle waiting lists. Do you think the waiting lists are damaging Hong Kong's competitiveness? Write to us.

27 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Study urges competition in all sectors

A study says the government should not help industries by providing land subsidies but make Hong Kong more competitive across all sectors.

21 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Let in more foreign money: researcher

Capital injections 'will do economy more good than harm'

A leading researcher at the Ministry of Commerce has argued against restricting foreign investment on the mainland, saying such capital injections will spur reform in state-owned enterprises and make them more competitive.

10 Aug 2006 - 12:00am