Introduction

Even before the Reunification, Hong Kong had enjoyed close social and economic ties with the Mainland. The adoption of an open-door policy by China in the 1980s in pursuit of economic reforms brought about an expansion of cross-border economic activities. The process of regional economic development and integration has intensified over the last ten years, as the economy of China experienced unprecedented growth.

Since the Reunification in 1997, the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region has stepped up its efforts to foster closer legal, economic and administrative cooperation with the Mainland and Macao, in order to serve the needs of the Hong Kong community. This website records some of the major arrangements between the Government of the Hong Kong SAR with the Central People's Government and the Government of the Macao SAR, covering a wide range of areas such as trade and investment, taxation, environment, civil aviation, shipping, mutual legal assistance, etc. Further enquiries about the arrangements may be made to the International Law Division of the Department of Justice at ild@doj.gov.hk or to the Government bureaux/departments responsible for the relevant arrangements.

 

International Law Division
Department of Justice
Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
People's Republic of China

Arrangements with the Mainland

Mutual Legal Assistance

  1. Arrangement for Mutual Service of Judicial Documents in Civil and Commercial Proceedings between the Mainland and Hong Kong Courts, signed in Shenzhen on 14.1.1999
  1. Arrangement Concerning Mutual Enforcement of Arbitral Awards between the Mainland and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, signed in Shenzhen on 21.6.1999
  1. Arrangement on Reciprocal Recognition and Enforcement of Judgments in Civil and Commercial Matters by the Courts of the Mainland and of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Pursuant to Choice of Court Agreements between Parties Concerned, signed in Hong Kong on 14.7.2006
  1. Arrangement on Mutual Taking of Evidence in Civil and Commercial Matters between the Courts of the Mainland and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, signed in Shenzhen on 29.12.2016 and entered into force on 1 March 2017
  1. Arrangement on Reciprocal Recognition and Enforcement of Civil Judgments in Matrimonial and Family Cases by the Courts of the Mainland and of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, signed in Hong Kong on 20.06.2017 (Chinese Only) (not yet entered into force)

Customs

  1. Customs Co-operative Arrangement between the Customs General Administration and the Hong Kong Customs and Excise Department, signed in Hong Kong on 1.3.2000

Correctional Services

  1. Cooperative Arrangement between the Central Institute for Correctional Police of the Ministry of Justice and the Staff Training Institute of the Correctional Services Department of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, signed in Beijing on 16.9.2003

 

Civil Aviation

  1. Memorandum of Understanding of Flight Inspection Services at the Hong Kong International Airport, signed in Beijing on 1.4.1999

  2. Memorandum of Understanding on Long-Term Technical Cooperation in Aviation Weather Services between the Air Traffic Management Bureau of the General Administration of Civil Aviation of China and the Hong Kong Observatory, signed in Hong Kong on 21.4.1999

  3. Air Services Arrangement between the Mainland and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, signed in Beijing on 2.2.2000

  4. Arrangement Between the General Administration of Civil Aviation of China and the Civil Aviation Department of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in relation to the Delineation of the Sanya Flight Information Region (Area of Responsibility) and the Hong Kong Flight Information Region, signed in Beijing on 11.1.2001

  5. Cooperation Arrangement on Mutual Acceptance of Approval of Aircraft Maintenance Organisations between General Administration of Civil Aviation of China, Civil Aviation Department, Hong Kong, China and Civil Aviation Authority - Macao, China, signed in Beijing on 2.6.2006

  6. Cooperation Arrangement on Mutual Acceptance of Parts Manufacturer Approvals between Civil Aviation Administration of China and Civil Aviation Department, Hong Kong, China, signed on 13.5.2009 (Schedule of Implementation Procedures)

  7. Cooperation Arrangement on Mutual Acceptance of Certificates of Airworthiness between Civil Aviation Administration of China, Civil Aviation Department, Hong Kong, China and Civil Aviation Authority - Macao, China, signed on 13.5.2009 (Schedule of Implementation Procedures)

  8. Cooperation Arrangement on Aircraft Accident Investigation and Search and Rescue between the Civil Aviation Administration of China and the Civil Aviation Department of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, China, signed in Shenzhen on 20.1.2015

Education

  1. Memorandum of Understanding between the Mainland and Hong Kong on Mutual Recognition of Academic Degrees in Higher Education, signed in Beijing on 11.7.2004

 

Merchant Shipping

  1. Memorandum of Understanding between the Mainland and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Concerning Port Dues Payable by Ships Registered in the Mainland and Hong Kong Calling at the Ports of Each Other, signed on 28.12.1999

  2. Cooperative Arrangement on the Recognition of the Certificates under the Terms of the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, 1978, as amended in 1995, signed on 13.5.2002

Taxation

  1. Arrangement between the Mainland of China and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region for the Avoidance of Double Taxation and the Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with Respect to Taxes on Income, signed in Hong Kong on 21.8.2006

Investment, Trade and Industry

  1. Cooperation Programme between the General Administration of Customs of the People's Republic of China and the Census and Statistics Department of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government, signed in Hong Kong on 24 November 2000

  2. Cooperative Arrangement between the State General Administration for Quality Supervision and Inspection and Quarantine and the Electrical and Mechanical Services Department of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region on Electrical and Mechanical Products Safety, signed in Beijing on 12.2.2003
  3. Cooperative Arrangement between the National Bureau of Statistics and the Census and Statistics Department of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government, signed on 1 April 2003

  4. Mainland and Hong Kong Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement, Main text and Six Annexes, signed in Hong Kong on 29.6.2003 and 29.9.2003 respectively

  5. Agreement between the Mainland and Hong Kong on Achieving Basic Liberalization of Trade in Services in Guangdong, signed in Hong Kong on 18 December 2014
  6. Mainland and Hong Kong Closer Tourism Cooperation Arrangement, signed in Hong Kong on 19.12.2003
  7. Arrangement Furthering Mutual Cooperation on Regulation and Information Exchange between the China Insurance Regulatory Commission and the Office of the Commissioner of Insurance of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, signed in Beijing on 26.11.2004

Construction

  1. Cooperation Arrangement on Relevant Issues of the Mainland and Hong Kong Construction Sector and Exploration & Design Consultancy Sector between the Ministry of Construction and the Works Bureau of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, signed in Beijing on 27.5.2002
  2. Co-operation Arrangement on Construction and Related Engineering Services between the Chongqing Municipal Construction Commission and the Environment, Transport and Works Bureau of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, signed in Hong Kong on 19.10.2004
  3. Plan for the Mainland Secondment Training Programme for Architectural and Civil Engineering Graduates among Shenzhen Construction Bureau, Shenzhen Public Works Bureau and the Environment, Transport and Works Bureau of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, signed in Shenzhen on 20.4.2005
    • 。Addendum to the Plan for the Mainland Secondment Training Programme for Architectural and Civil Engineering Graduates among Shenzhen Construction Bureau, Shenzhen Public Works Bureau and the Environment, Transport and Works Bureau of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, signed in September 2006

Environment and Conservation

  1. Memorandum of Cooperation on Earthquake Science and Technology between the China Earthquake Administration and the Hong Kong Observatory, signed in Hong Kong on 7.3.2000
  2. Arrangement on Long Term Co-operation between the China Meteorological Administration and the Hong Kong Observatory, signed in Beijing on 19.2.2001
  3. Arrangement on Cooperation on Oceanography between the State Oceanic Administration and the Hong Kong Observatory, signed in Hong Kong on 8.1.2007
  4. Cooperation Arrangement on Control of Waste Movements Between the Mainland and HKSAR, signed in Shenzhen on 15.11.2007
  5. Agreement on Long Term Co-operation in Numerical Weather Prediction Technology between the Shenzhen Meteorological Bureau and the Hong Kong Observatory, signed in Hong Kong on 25.11.2011

Work Exchange

  1. Training Co-operation Arrangement on Labour Inspection and Enforcement between the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and the Guangdong Province, signed in Hong Kong on 24 May 2011
  2. Arrangement on Civil Service Exchange Programme between the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Labor and Social Security and the Civil Service Bureau of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, signed on 16.6.2014

  3. Arrangement on Civil Service Exchange Programme between the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the Chongqing Municipal People's Government and the Civil Service Bureau of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, signed on 16.6.2014

  4. Arrangement on Civil Service Exchange Programme between the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the Hangzhou Municipal People's Government and the Civil Service Bureau of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, signed on 16.6.2014

  5. Arrangement on Civil Service Exchange Programme between the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the Wuhan Municipal People's Government and the Civil Service Bureau of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, signed on 16.6.2014

  6. Arrangement on Civil Service Exchange Programme between the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the Shanghai Municipal People's Government and the Civil Service Bureau of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, signed on 29.10.2014 (Will Expire on 31.10.2015)

  7. Arrangement on Civil Service Exchange Programme between the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the Shanghai Municipal People's Government and the Civil Service Bureau of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, signed on 10.04.2015

 

Miscellaneous

  1. Arrangement between the State Bureau of Surveying and Mapping and the Lands Department of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region on the Commencement of the Large Scale Mapping Survey of the Boundary Area between Guangdong Province and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, signed in Beijing on 18.12.1998
  2. Cooperation Arrangement on Support of Restoration and Reconstruction in the Sichuan Earthquake Stricken Areas, signed in Chengdu on 11.10.2008

Arrangements with the Macao SAR

Civil Aviation

  1. Air Services Arrangement between the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and the Macao Special Administrative Region, signed in Hong Kong on 13.10.2003
  2. Cooperation Arrangement on Mutual Acceptance of Approval of Aircraft Maintenance Organisations between General Administration of Civil Aviation of China, Civil Aviation Department, Hong Kong, China and Civil Aviation Authority - Macao, China, signed in Beijing on 2.6.2006
  3. Cooperation Arrangement on Mutual Acceptance of Certificates of Airworthiness between Civil Aviation Administration of China, Civil Aviation Department, Hong Kong, China and Civil Aviation Authority - Macao, China, signed on 13.5.2009 (Schedule of Implementation Procedures)
  4. Cooperation Arrangement between the Civil Aviation Department, Hong Kong, China and the Civil Aviation Authority, Macao, China on Aircraft Accident and Incident Investigations, signed on 25.11.2014

Mutual Legal Assistance

  1. Arrangement between the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and the Government of the Macau Special Administrative Region on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons, signed in Hong Kong on 20.5.2005

  2. Arrangement Concerning Reciprocal Recognition and Enforcement of Arbitral Awards between the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and the Macao Special Administrative Region, signed in Macao on 7.1.2013 (translation)

Miscellaneous

  1. Memorandum of Understanding on Mutual Assistance and Information Exchange between the Monetary Authority of Macao, China and the Insurance Authority of Hong Kong, China, signed in Macao on 9.11.2001
  2. Cooperative Arrangement between Correctional Services Department of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and Macao Prison of the Macao Special Administrative Region, signed in Macao on 29.3.2006

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