The Board of SwedCham Hong Kong is currently and actively carrying out lobbying work in different and important areas, and appreciates the support from members.
1. The possibility of an increased number of pages in the Swedish passports:
A majority of SwedCham’s member companies have frequent travelers to China and around the Asia region. Immigration stamps fill the 32 passport pages too quickly and thereby causing a lot of problems for these companies and individuals. Therefore it would be highly recommended that a business passport with at least the double number of pages (64 pages) would be available, even at a higher cost. Several countries have this opportunity, but unfortunately not yet Sweden. But it used to have! The Board has taken this issue to the Swedish National Police Board (Rikspolisstyrelsen), but to no avail so far.
2. A comprehensive double taxation agreement (CDTA) between Hong Kong and Sweden:
SwedCham is supporting a tax treaty between the two countries, in contrast to entering into an information exchange agreement only. Hong Kong has indicated its willingness to negotiate and enter into such an agreement, but Sweden, in contrast to a number of other European countries has so far shown no interest.
The reply obtained so far states that Sweden is not giving this priority and blames lack of resources! The issue is ongoing, and the Board is lobbying all possible channels in Sweden. If you have any input or suggestion in this regard, please do not hesitate to contact the Chamber office. The Board feels this is an issue that if not solved could impact Sweden’s competitiveness negatively in relation to other European countries, for example Finland and Holland, when attracting Chinese investments through Hong Kong to Sweden.
3. Environmental Infrastructure Projects:
SwedCham has presented its views to the Legislative Council in relation to a series of infrastructure projects proposed by the government, i.e. extensions of three existing landfills (Northeast New Territories, Southeast New Territories and West New Territories) (The “Landfill Extensions”) and the so called Integrated Waste Management Facilities Phase 1 (“IWMF”).
Read the letter sent from SwedCham to the Legislative Council here.