This Bureau has always been actively promoting exchanges and co-operation in the aspects of technical expertise and management between the construction and engineering related industry of the two places, so as to facilitate the sustainable development of related enterprises and to help local companies grasp the opportunities arising from the rapid economic growth and consistent market liberalisation in the Mainland.
Mainland and Hong Kong Construction Industry Forum
This Bureau (the then Works Bureau) and the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (the then Ministry of Construction) have jointly organised 18 large-scale construction forums in different cities in the Mainland since 1997. Exchanges in professional knowledge can be promoted through the forum and related visits. The forum has become a major event providing an excellent platform for industry stakeholders and professionals of the two places to cultivate network as well as to explore business and co-operation opportunities. These forums have been well received by our stakeholders.
To coincide with the "Belt and Road" initiative of the Central Government, the 2015 Mainland and Hong Kong Construction Industry Forum was held in Yinchuan of Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, a major city in the new Silk Road Economic Belt, from 1 to 3 November. The theme of the forum was "Belt and Road; Collaboration for Success". About 300 delegates from Mainland and Hong Kong participated in the event. The Hong Kong delegation, led by Mr Paul Chan, the then Secretary for Development, comprised more than 160 members, including government officials, Legislative Council Members, representatives from trade associations and professional institutions of the construction sector, as well as legal and accounting professionals.
The Forum featured three sessions. The topics of the first and second sessions were "Quality of Construction Works/Partnering Opportunities under the "Belt and Road" Initiative" and "Urban Design and Building Design" respectively. In these sessions, speakers from professional institutions and enterprises in the industry of the two places gave insightful views on urban design and development, foreign aid project management, architectural design, construction workers training, etc. They also shared their valuable experiences on exploration of the international construction market, and how these experiences and their own edges could help seize the opportunities presented in the "Belt and Road" Initiative. In the third session, there were interactive discussions between speakers and participants on the topics presented in the first two sessions.
After the Forum, briefing and study visits were arranged for the Hong Kong delegation, enabling the delegates to have a better understanding of the culture, history and economy of Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region.
Hong Kong's Co-operation with Sichuan
Under the principles of equality, mutual benefits and win-win co-operation, this Bureau and the Sichuan Department of Housing and Urban-Rural Development ("SDHURD") signed a "Co-operation Agreement on Construction and Related Engineering Services" in Chengdu on 24 May 2012, so as to strengthen the co-operation between both sides in construction and related sectors in various areas, including management of construction works, construction and engineering technology, professional training and business operation. The agreement was signed by Mr Wai Chi-sing, the then Permanent Secretary for Development (Works) and Mr Yang Hongbo, the then Director of SDHURD.
Please click here to view the "Co-operation Agreement on Construction and Related Engineering Services"(Chinese Version Only).
After signing the agreement, this Bureau and the SDHURD co-organised the Sichuan/Hong Kong Workshop on Energy Saving Construction from 3 to 4 June 2013 in Chengdu to enable professionals of the two places to exchange views on the latest technology and experience of energy-efficient construction. This Bureau and the SDHURD invited 21 guest speakers to deliver speeches and conduct interactive discussions with the workshop participants on topics such as rules and regulations, energy-efficient construction technology and works supervision measures. Over 50 professionals from Hong Kong and Sichuan participated in the workshop. The participants also visited two energy-efficient construction projects in Chengdu.
Hong Kong's Co-operation with Guangxi
This Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban-Rural Development of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region ("the Department") signed an "Agreement of Intent on Co-operation between the Construction Industries in Guangxi and Hong Kong" in Hong Kong on 15 December 2015.
The agreement aims at setting up a co-operation mechanism for the design of major projects, fostering exchange of professionals and collaboration in building design technology in the construction industry, and promoting partnership in the development of green buildings and heritage conservation. This Bureau wishes to strengthen the co-operation of construction and related services sector between the two places through this agreement.
Please click here to view the "Agreement of Intent on Co-operation between the Construction Industries in Guangxi and Hong Kong"(Chinese Version Only).
Before the signing ceremony, the Department held a seminar to introduce the recent development of construction projects and the future planning of Guangxi to representatives from the Hong Kong construction and related engineering industry.
According to the "Agreement on Trade in Services" signed under the CEPA Framework on 27 November 2015, the Department issued five documents in September 2016, announcing the implementation details of extending the majority of Guangdong pilot liberalisation measures for the Hong Kong’s construction and related professional services sectors to Guangxi with immediate effect.
Please click here to view the "Agreement on Trade in Services".
Please click here to view the documents issued by Guangxi.(Chinese Version Only)
Hong Kong's Co-operation with Fujian
On 31 December 2014, the Fujian Department of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (FDHURD) promulgated the "Notice on Management of Registration and Practice in Fujian Province of Hong Kong Professionals who have Obtained the Mainland’s Professional Qualifications of Registered Architects and Registered Surveying and Design Engineers " and the "Notice on Management of Registration and Practice in Fujian Province for Hong Kong Professionals who have Obtained Mainland's Professional Qualification of Supervision Engineers ", allowing the related Hong Kong professionals to register and practice in Fujian Province. Subsequently, Fujian adopted extended the implementation of majority of other pilot liberalisation measures already in place in Guangdong to Fujian according to the "Agreement on Trade in Services" signed under the CEPA framework on 27 November 2015.
On 7 April 2017, the FDHURD promulgated the "Provisional Administrative Measures on the Qualification of Construction and Engineering Design Enterprises in Fujian Province Employing Hong Kong Professionals", allowing construction and engineering design enterprises in Fujian Province to employ Hong Kong architects/structural engineers with the corresponding Mainland's Class 1 qualifications to be regarded as registered practitioners in applying for the qualification of the enterprise.
Please click here to view the "Agreement on Trade in Services".
Please click here to view the documents issued by Fujian.(Chinese Version Only)
Hong Kong's Co-operation with Qianhai, Nansha and Hengqin
To help the construction and related engineering industry grasp business opportunities in Qianhai development, this Bureau and the Qianhai Authority signed a “Letter of Intent on Collaboration” on 16 September 2013, so as to allow Hong Kong's relevant professionals and companies direct providing services in Qianhai.
Please click here to view the "Letter of Intent on Collaboration".(Chinese Version Only)
On 29 February 2016, this Bureau signed the "Co-operation Arrangement for Trial Implementation of Hong Kong Construction Model in Qianhai Shenzhen-Hong Kong Modern Service Industry Cooperation Zone of Shenzhen" ("Co-operation Arrangement") with the Qianhai Authority and the Housing and Construction Bureau of Shenzhen Municipality.
Please click here to view the "Co-operation Arrangement".(Chinese Version Only)
On 29 June 2016, Qianhai promulgated a register of Hong Kong's professional firms jointly compiled with this Bureau. The register includes companies of architecture, building services, quantity surveying and structural engineering, which may provide direct services for projects funded by Hong Kong businesses in Qianhai.
Please click here to view the "Register of Professional Firms".(Chinese Version Only)
Qianhai has also set up a registration system to allow the registered Hong Kong professionals direct providing services for projects wholly or principally funded by Hong Kong businesses in Qianhai.
In addition, Qianhai has so far selected two projects developed by Hong Kong companies as pilot projects to introduce the project management systems of Hong Kong, and allowing Hong Kong professionals and institutions of the construction and related engineering sectors to directly provide professional services to these projects.
This Bureau will negotiate with Nansha and Hengqin for the extension of existing measures in Qianhai to those two zones.
Exchange of Information between Mainland and Hong Kong
In order to strengthen information exchange and dissemination of works tendering information and construction-related regulations and policies of the two places, we have reached agreements with the relevant Mainland authorities to establish hyper linkage between each other's website. Please click here to view relevant links.