It is important to comply with international standards in official statistics so as to achieve harmonisation and comparability in the global context. In keeping abreast of the latest developments of the International Standard Industrial Classification of All Economic Activities Revision 4 (ISIC Rev. 4), Hong Kong has recently incorporated the conceptual and structural changes of ISIC Rev. 4 into Hong Kong Standard Industrial Classification Version 2.0 (HSIC V2.0) when reviewing the existing HSIC, i.e. HSIC V1.1. Significant changes in the structure of the Hong Kong economy and the emergence of new economic activities have been taken into account when devising HSIC V2.0.
HSIC V2.0 will be adopted in various surveys of the Census and Statistics Department progressively starting from 2009.
This article describes the development and implementation of HSIC V2.0, with particular highlights on the changes from the HSIC V1.1 to HSIC V2.0, namely, changes in structure of classification scheme, changes for enhancing international comparability, and changes initiated by Hong Kong to better meet the requirements of local users.