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Government Support & Key Initiatives

Key initiatives announced in the 2019/20 Budget include:

  • Provide a 50 percent profits tax concession to marine insurance businesses

  • Set aside $5.5 billion for the development of Cyberport 5 to accommodate more technology companies and start-ups

  • Set aside $16 billion for universities to enhance or refurbish campus facilities, in particular those for R&D

  • Inject $20 billion into the Research Endowment Fund for more research projects

  • Establish two innovative clusters in the Science Park focusing on “A.I. and robotic technologies” and “healthcare technologies”

  • Launch the $2 billion Re-industrialisation Funding Scheme in 2019

  • Expand the Corporate Venture Fund of the Science Park to $200 million

  • Allocate $800 million to support R&D by universities, key laboratories and engineering research centres

  • Inject $1 billion into the Film Development Fund

  • Allocate $150 million to support the development of an online international dispute resolution platform by NGOs

  • Issue the first batch of government green bonds

  • Provide a $400 million seed capital for the Financial Reporting Council

  • Allocate $353 million for the continued implementation of the Development Blueprint for Hong Kong’s Tourism Industry


  • 寬免海事保險業務一半利得稅。

  • 預留55億元發展數碼港第五期,容納更多科技公司和初創企業。

  • 預留160億元供大學增建或翻新校舍設施,尤其是科研設備。

  • 向大學教育資助委員會轄下研究資助局研究基金注資200億元,提供研究經費。

  • 推展2個專注「人工智能及機械人科技」和「醫療科技」的創新平台。

  • 今年推行20億元「再工業化資助計劃」。

  • 擴大科技園公司「科技企業投資基金」至2億元。

  • 撥款8億元,支持大學、重點實驗室及工程技術中心進行科研及研發成果轉化。

  • 向「電影發展基金」注資10億元。

  • 撥款1億5千萬元,支持非政府機構 開發國際爭議解決網上平台。

  • 發行首批政府綠色債券。

  • 為財務匯報局提供4億元種子基金。

  • 撥款3億5千3百萬元,繼續落實《香港旅遊業發展藍圖》。

Key initiatives announced in the 2018/19 Budget include:

  • Provide tax relief to small and medium-sized enterprises: profits tax rate for the first $2 million of profits proposed is lowered to 8.25 percent, and standard tax rate at 16.5 percent for profits exceeding that amount.

  • Encourage research and development (R&D) investment by enterprises, propose to introduce a 300 percent tax deduction for the first $2 million eligible R&D expenditure, with the remainder at 200 percent.

  • Increase the total number of comprehensive avoidance of double taxation agreements to be signed with other tax jurisdictions to 50 in the next few years.

  • Focus on four key areas: biotechnology, artificial intelligence (AI), smart city and financial technologies

  • Inject $10 billion as university research funding to encourage private companies to increase investment in R&D.

  • Kick-start the $500 million “Technology Talent Scheme” to train and pool technology talent, and through the injection of $3 billion into the Research Endowment Fund, provide studentships for local students admitted to research postgraduate programmes funded by the University Grants Committee (UGC); and subsidise local enterprises on a matching basis for training their staff on advanced manufacturing technologies.

  • Set aside $20 billion for the first phase of the“Hong Kong-Shenzhen Innovation and Technology Park” at the Lok Ma Chau Loop, and through the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Bay Area development and collaboration between Hong Kong and Shenzhen, develop an international IT hub in the Bay Area


  • 紓緩中小企稅務負擔,企業首200萬元利得稅率降至8.25%,其後利潤按標準稅率16.5%評稅。

  • 為推動企業投資科研,建議首200萬元合資格研發開支獲300%扣稅,餘額獲200%扣稅。

  • 預期在未來數年,與其他稅務管轄區簽訂全面性避免雙重課稅協定的數目增加至50份。

  • 四項重點發展範圍包括生物科技、人工智能(AI)、智慧城市及金融科技。

  • 除提供稅務誘因鼓勵企業投資研發外,為大學研究資金額外投放100億元。

  • 啓動5億元的「科技專才培育計劃」,訓練和匯聚科技人才;透過向研究基金注資30億元,為修讀大學教育資助委員會(教資會)資助的研究院課程的本地學生提供助學金;並以配對形式資助本地企業人員接受先進製造技術的培訓。

  • 為落馬洲河套地區「港深創新及科技園」第一期預留200億元,並透過「粵港澳大灣區」發展和深港合作,打造大灣區國際創科中心。

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