Chris Sun, JP, Secretary for Labour and Welfare, expressed optimism about Hong Kong’s talent attraction efforts. He stated that Hong Kong will continue strengthening talent exchanges and cooperation with Qianhai, Shenzhen, and other cities in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, with the aim of establishing it as a national talent hub.
Shenzhen-Hong Kong Joint Talent Attraction for Global Talents
MOK Ka Wai, Chief Immigration Officer of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Guangdong, introduced Hong Kong’s latest talent attraction policies, including the Top Talent Pass Scheme, the optimization of the talent immigration plan, and the establishment of talent service windows. He emphasized that various innovative talent policies will be implemented, with more details to be announced in the future.
Liang Ke, deputy secretary of the Party working committee of the Qianhai cooperation zone, introduced Qianhai’s talent attraction policy, which includes creating a comprehensive talent ecosystem, building a high-level talent platform, and providing international public services. Qianhai plans to launch the “Global Modern Service Industry Talent Clustering Plan” and implement measures such as announcing the modern service industry talent list and establishing a “fast track” for talents on the list.
The Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Guangdong and the Shenzhen Qianhai Authority jointly announced the “2023 Shenzhen-Hong Kong Joint Talent Attraction Plan”. They plan to organize talent attraction activities in the upcoming year and invite talent experts and corporate executives to participate. It is expected that through policy presentations, roundtable dialogues, talent salons, and other forms, the exchange and communication of talents between Hong Kong and Shenzhen will be promoted, attracting more international talents to develop their careers in both Hong Kong and Shenzhen.
Substantial Achievements in Shenzhen-Hong Kong Talent Cooperation
Hong Kong and Shenzhen have continuously cooperated in talent attraction, resulting in substantial achievements in optimizing the cooperation mechanism, strengthening resource provision, and jointly attracting and nurturing talents.
Regarding the establishment of a cooperation mechanism for talent attraction, the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Guangdong, Invest Hong Kong, and other departments will closely work with Shenzhen Qianhai and other regions to facilitate smooth two-way talent flow and jointly organize overseas presentations, talent recruitment activities, and more.
In terms of conducting joint talent attraction activities, Hong Kong business associations, human resources institutions, universities, and scientific research institutes have organized seminars with Qianhai in 2022 to showcase the business environment, development prospects, and supporting services of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area to the world. These seminars have attracted more than 150 foreign and Hong Kong-funded enterprises, as well as over 300 corporate executives.
To establish a joint talent attraction and nurturing platform, Hong Kong government departments, social institutions, industry organizations, universities, and scientific research institutes actively collaborate with Shenzhen Qianhai and other regions to provide a suitable environment, ample opportunities, and space for the growth and development of talents.
The measures include promoting the establishment of Hong Kong talent platforms, such as the Qianhai Institute of Smart Transportation at the University of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Science and Technology Youth Federation, which aim to nurture young scientific and technological talents. Additionally, various activities, such as the “Business Leaders Forum,” “Technology Enterprises Going Overseas,” and “Bay Area Science and Technology Innovation Camp,” are organized to provide a platform for communication and cooperation among executives of more than 200 Shenzhen and Hong Kong enterprises. The Qianhai Hong Kong and Macau Youth Recruitment Plan is also supported, with a total of 4,514 positions released so far. Through this plan, 260 Hong Kong and Macau youth have successfully joined key enterprises in Qianhai, such as Tencent, SF Express, and WeBank.
The event saw the physical participation of various talent representatives, including corporate executives, representatives from international consulting or headhunting companies, and corporate representatives of the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China. Additionally, the conference attracted over 4,000 online viewers from Japan, Russia, Hong Kong, and Macau.
About Qianhai International Liaison Services Ltd
Established in August 2014, Qianhai International Liaison Services Limited serves as the window company of the Shenzhen Qianhai Authority for Hong Kong. The company’s mission is to foster industrial collaboration, talent exchange, legal cooperation, and co-development proposals, and to serve Hong Kong people and enterprises. Qianhai e-Services Hong Kong-Macao Station, operated by the company, provides 223 free services to individuals from Hong Kong and Macao, allowing them to handle government services without traveling to Qianhai, including business registration and tax-related services.