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2009-2010 Budget Consultation Forum


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Increasing Co-operation with Emerging Markets

46.      To consolidate Hong Kong's position as an international financial centre, we will further develop and increase financial co-operation with emerging markets. Particular measures are needed to improve Hong Kong's regime as a platform for the growing area of Islamic finance. Since the structure of most Islamic financial products involves the sale and re-purchase of assets, such transactions may entail tax liabilities in Hong Kong. Therefore, we plan to submit to the Legislative Council in 2009-10 a proposal to create a level playing field for Islamic financial products vis-à-vis conventional ones. The proposal will include making changes to or clarifications of the arrangements for stamp duty, profits tax and property tax.








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