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As an effort to promote our professional services, this Bureau signed a co-operation arrangement with the former Ministry of Construction (now Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (MOHURD)) in May 2002. Among other issues, both sides agreed to foster the mutual recognition of professional qualifications. The arrangement underpinned future discussions on the subject.

Since the signing of the arrangement, we have been maintaining close contacts with MOHURD as well as the relevant professional organisations in the Mainland. On the other hand, we have been consulting the five professional institutes of the HKSAR (i.e. the Hong Kong Institute of Architects, the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers, the Hong Kong Institute of Landscape Architects, the Hong Kong Institute of Planners and the Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors) and to reflect their views to the MOHURD.

So far, mutual recognition agreements have been signed for six professions, including general practice surveyors, architects, structural engineers, planners, quantity surveyors and building surveyors. 3,394 relevant professionals from the two places have acquired the professional qualifications of the other side through the mutual recognition arrangements under the respective agreements. Details  are as follows:

     
  Agreement Signing Date  
  No. of Training & Test Session Conducted  
  No. of Mainland Professionals Acquiring Qualifications Through Mutual Recognition
 
  No. of Hong Kong Professionals Acquiring Qualifications Through Mutual Recognition
 
General Practice Surveyors
4.11.2003 3 300
276
Architects
17.2.2004 5 347
412
Structural Engineers
27.8.2004 4 314
249
Planners
24.5.2005 5 51
66
Quantity Surveyors
24.5.2005 3 497
399
Building Surveyors
27.6.2006 1 255
228
Total
1,764
1,630

According to the "Agreement on Economic and Technical Cooperation" signed under the CEPA framework on 28 June 2017, both sides are committed to continuing discussions on matters relating to the mutual recognition of professional qualifications. This Bureau will consult with the Mainland with a view to renewing existing mutual recognition agreements and starting discussions on extension of the scope of mutual recognition to other professions, such as Mainland's supervision engineers and Hong Kong's related professions, geotechnical engineers, electrical engineers, building services engineers, landscape architects, land surveyors, etc.