Driven by the open economic policies of China, the economy of Hong Kong has been undergoing structural changes since the 1980s. Through the sub-contract processing arrangement in the mainland of China (the Mainland), Hong Kong entrepreneurs continue to operate in Hong Kong, in the form of import and export firms. These firms also provide manufacturing-related technical support services, e.g. product design, sample and mould making, and production planning, to the associated manufacturing firms in the Mainland.
Feature articles addressing this subject have been published regularly in Hong Kong Monthly Digest of Statistics since 1995. This article provides the latest information on the related development.