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Government records management

2013-06-07

Filing and record management could be tedious – not to mention managing those aged and dust-laden Government records. The management of archival records, to a certain extent, reflects the Government’s readiness and ability to adapt to this information era. Bauhinia’s analysis for this week examines ways to improve the efficiency of record management of the Government and public organisations through administrative and legislative measures.


Beyond billboards

2013-06-04

The analysis for this week looks into the assessment criteria of different reports on Hong Kong’s competitiveness, and rethinks Hong Kong’s possible positioning. The ups and downs of Hong Kong’s competitiveness rankings inevitably jar on the nerves of Hong Kong people. However, for the city to advance in an appropriate direction, it would be more important for us to prioritise our social values and understand what is crucial to our competitiveness.


The 3D era

2013-05-31

Our analysis this week talks about the opportunities for Hong Kong’s manufacturing and other emerging industries brought about by the increasingly popular 3D-priting technology. Business opportunities have sprung up with a diverse range of items being created by 3D-pritning, which in turn has attracted talents to explore the market. Looking ahead, Hong Kong may need to get ready for the new 3D era, in terms of education, talent availability and copyright protection, etc. The Government should take this into consideration when mapping out relevant policy.


Poverty alleviation – what can the business sector do?

2013-05-29

The Bauhinia Foundation Research Centre released today a research report on ‘Poverty alleviation – what can the business sector do?’, which aims at understanding the poverty issue in Hong Kong. After examining some 1,000 projects for the underprivileged by commercial organisations of different sizes and in various sectors, the report has put forth nine major policy recommendations under three areas, namely education support, employment opportunities and assistance, and awareness building, with the aim of tackling problems facing seven target groups.


Tales of the financial hub

2013-05-28

Prompted by the case of the Hong Kong Mercantile Exchange, our analysis this week ponders the obstacles confronting Hong Kong when it is striving to expand its financial landscape and boost competitiveness in the international investment markets. The limitations on external economies, market competition, taxation, institutions and talent, have posed hurdles for some key financial projects, including HKEx’s acquisition of LME and the development of Islamic finance. It is now the right time for the city to re-gear itself and uphold its leading position as an international financial hub.


Barrier-free economy

2013-05-22

The recent expansion plan of Diamond Cab, a point-to-point transportation services provider for wheelchair users, uncovers huge market potential of products and services dedicated for the disabled. The analysis for this week projects the relevant market potential by making reference to the economic data of overseas markets. It finds public acceptance instead of physical disabilities the major barrier confronting the disabled. The Government is urged to expand the coverage of barrier-free facilities and create room for such group to contribute more to society.


Industrial structure – opportunities and challenges

2013-05-18

Does Hong Kong economy need diversity? Some people believed the city should focus on the key industries, as we can always tap the Mainland market through CEPA. However, some said it is important to diversify our industrial structure so as to facilitate social mobility. CE Leung Chun-ying stressed in his Policy Address that Hong Kong needs to formulate an industrial policy. However, there are certain structural problems that need to be addressed beforehand.


Monster parents and narcissism

2013-05-16

The phenomenon of ‘monster’ parents has become a hot topic recently, with ‘Monster Parents’ being one of the most-borrowed non-fiction books of the public libraries. Our analysis for this week looks into the possible correlation between parenting styles and narcissism by referring to a recent research by a local academic institution, trying to figure out the social, economic and cultural causes of monster parents. The analysis also calls for a review of parenting philosophies, and possibly, the education system.


Parachute for retirement

2013-05-14

Universal retirement scheme has come under the spotlight, especially after Legco members mounted a filibuster urging the Government to set a timetable for the scheme. Current retirement protection system in Hong Kong is supported by three pillars, namely social security, the MPF scheme and personal savings. These pillars, however, are seemingly not strong enough to support retirement. Our analysis studies population data, saving habits and investment returns in the territory and other regions, with a view to providing different perspectives for future deliberation of a sustainable universal retirement scheme in Hong Kong.


Data speaks

2013-05-08

Quarterly economic data and figures are to a certain extent indicators of market sentiment. The latest ‘Standard Chartered Hong Kong SME Leading Business Index’ shows that SMEs remained conservative on the business environment in the second quarter of 2013. The analysis for this week examines the potential correlation between business indices and the city’s GDP growth. It also analyses the opportunities and challenges facing the SMEs by looking into the changes in business activities.