Some old and famous firms still without own websites What do Shaw Brothers, Joyce Boutique and China High-Speed Transmission have in common? They are among the few Hong Kong-listed companies that do not have official websites to carry their corporate announcements. Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing says about 80 per cent of the 1,200 companies listed here have registered their websites with the exchange. There are 848 main-board companies, about 85 per cent of its members, and 106 Growth Enterprise Market companies, or 55 per cent, with websites. The remaining 246 firms are required to have their own websites for the purpose of publishing their own announcements before June 25 next year, a year after the adoption of electronic disclosure. It is hard to imagine that Hong Kong companies, many of which went through the internet bubble and burst, still don't have their own websites. That is why Corporate Hong Kong has only talked about its vision of becoming a Manhattan, but not a Silicon Valley, of the East. Lai See, using a few search tools from the exchange website and annual report data, has made some interesting findings: 1. Companies with a long history but relatively little activity don't have websites with annual report filings. Shaw Brothers, owned by almost 100-year-old chairman Sir Run Run Shaw, doesn't have one. Neither does China Motor Bus, which was established in 1933 but lost its bus franchise after 1998, nor Nanyang Holdings, founded in 1949. 2. Some famous franchises don't have a complete corporate website. Denway Motors, which manufactures Honda cars in Guangzhou, has a website with annual report filings, but we couldn't find its corporate website. On the other hand, Tomson Group, which sells high-end property in Shanghai, has a corporate website but doesn't have annual report filings. Local high-end retailer Joyce Boutique has a registered website but it is still under construction. 3. Some newly listed companies do not have websites. For example, this week's hottest new listing, China High Speed Transmission, doesn't have one. Neither does Belle International nor Stella Holdings, which made its debut yesterday. For a detailed list of firms with company websites, check out http://www.hkex.com.hk/listing/hyperlink/hyperlist.htm for main-board companies and http://www.hkgem . com/aboutgem/e_default.htm for GEM-listed enterprises. How times have changed Ten years ago, Donald Tsang Yam-kuen said he wished to be financial secretary for five years and retire or do something else. Former chief secretary Anson Chan Fang On-sang talked about everything else but democracy. How times have changed. Thanks to the special edition of the French Chamber of Commerce and Industry magazine HongKong Echo, we got a quick glimpse on what was on these important peoples' mind back in summer 1996. That was then, this is now. Hong Kong Monetary Authority chief Joseph Yam Chi-kwong and Legislative Council president Rita Fan Hsu Lai-tai may have changed their tunes only slightly regarding some important issues, but it is pleasant to find even former governor Chris Patten seeming more bullish about Hong Kong's prospects than he was before. 'I guess that none of us feel 10 years older than we did at the time of the handover of Hong Kong in 1997 ... but if the passage of years has not dimmed Hong Kong's special personality, nor has it diminished its success.' Eternal appointment Do you know that a Justice of the Peace appointment in Hong Kong can last after life? Corporate activist David Webb has found at least two deceased people on the SAR's honourable list ( http://www.info.gov.hk/cml/eng/miscell/index3d.htm ), including a lady appointed in 1947 and whose estate was granted probate in 1981. 'Apparently nobody noticed that he or she has not visited any prisons in over 26 years - something that JPs are supposed to do,' Mr Webb said. Should a Justice of the Peace file an annual form to prove his existence? Tough call.