The following agreements have been signed by the two places after the signing of the main document of "Mainland/Hong Kong Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement" (CEPA) on 29 June 2003:

Signing Date
1. CEPA Agreement 29 June 2003
2. CEPA Supplement I 27 October 2004
3. CEPA Supplement II 18 October 2005
4. CEPA Supplement III 27 June 2006
5. CEPA Supplement IV 29 June 2007
6. CEPA Supplement V 29 July 2008
7. CEPA Supplement VI 9 May 2009
8. CEPA Supplement VII 27 May 2010
9. CEPA Supplement VIII 13 December 2011
10. CEPA Supplement IX 29 June 2012
11. CEPA Supplement X 29 August 2013
12. Agreement between the Mainland and Hong Kong on Achieving
Basic Liberalization of Trade in Services in Guangdong
18 December 2014
13. Agreement on Trade in Services 27 November 2015
14. Agreement on Economic and Technical Cooperation ("Ecotech Agreement"), Investment Agreement 28 June 2017
15. Agreement on Trade in Goods 14 December 2018
16. Agreement Concerning Amendment to the Agreement on Trade in Services 21 November 2019

This Bureau has been constantly consulting the construction sector on issues related to implementation of CEPA. Meetings have been arranged with the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (the then Ministry of Construction) to discuss issues raised by the construction sector.

Please click here to view CEPA results of each phase regarding the construction sector.

Generally speaking, CEPA commitments cover three aspects, i.e., mutual recognition of professional qualifications, registration of professionals, as well as contractors and consultants entering Mainland market.

Mutual Recognition of Professional Qualifications

Registration of Professionals

Major Special Offers for Contractors & Consultants Entering Mainland Market



Note: The "contractual service provider" refers to a natural person who holds a Hong Kong Special Administrative Region identity document and enters the Mainland to provide temporary service for the performance of the service contract(s) secured in the Mainland by his/her employer. His/her employer should be a Hong Kong service supplier without commercial presence in the Mainland. The remuneration of a contractual service provider during his/her stay in the Mainland will be borne by the employer. The contractual service provider should possess academic qualification and technical (professional) qualification relevant to the services provided. During his/her stay in the Mainland, the contractual service provider cannot involve in any service activities irrelevant to the contract.

"The Mainland and Hong Kong Trade Co-operation Mechanism for Natural Sand"

The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government and the Ministry of Commerce signed the "Mainland and Hong Kong Trade Co-operation Mechanism for Natural Sand" under the CEPA in February 2007, so as to ensure a continuous supply of natural sand to Hong Kong to meet the needs of the local construction industry after the Mainland's export ban came into effect in March 2007.

In June 2012, this Bureau and the Ministry of Commerce signed the "Mainland and Hong Kong Trade Co-operation Mechanism for Natural Sand 2012" in order to strengthen the arrangement under the Co-operation Mechanism for the supply of natural sand for Hong Kong's major construction projects as well as to cater for the sustainable development of Hong Kong.

Looking Ahead

At present, many Hong Kong companies in the construction sector have successfully obtained the relevant enterprise qualification certificates and established enterprises to start up their businesses in the Mainland taking advantage of the concessions under CEPA and its related agreements. We will continue to make our best effort to engage the relevant Mainland authorities on further liberalisation of the Mainland market. We will also continue to strengthen the ties with the Mainland to explore business opportunities and promote co-operation between the construction and related engineering industries of the two places in future.