December 2017 issue of Hong Kong Monthly Digest of Statistics now available
December 2017 issue of Hong Kong Monthly Digest of Statistics now available
     The Census and Statistics Department (C&SD) published today (December 15) the December 2017 issue of the Hong Kong Monthly Digest of Statistics (HKMDS).

     Apart from providing up-to-date statistics, this issue also contains two feature articles entitled "Air Cargo Statistics" and "Hong Kong as a Knowledge-based Economy".

"Air Cargo Statistics"

     The Hong Kong International Airport is one of the busiest and most advanced airports. It consolidates Hong Kong's position as a hub of commerce and plays a very important role in the development of Hong Kong as a logistics centre. In terms of international air cargo throughput, the Hong Kong International Airport continued to rank first among all airports in the world in 2016. This feature article provides a detailed analysis of the air cargo statistics of Hong Kong from 2012 to 2016 and briefly highlights the more recent performance of the industry by making reference to the quarterly air cargo statistics from the first quarter of 2015 to the third quarter of 2017.

     For enquiries about this feature article, please contact the Trade Statistics Processing Section, C&SD (Tel: 2582 5039; email:

"Hong Kong as a Knowledge-based Economy"

     The global economy has undergone significant changes in recent years. One of the key features of the changes is the growing importance of knowledge in all sectors of economic activities. Knowledge, as embodied in human capital and in technology, is a vital source of long-term economic growth. The degree of incorporation of information and knowledge into economic activities has now become so great that it is inducing profound structural and qualitative changes in the way an economy operates.

     By presenting some relevant statistical indicators which capture the essence of a knowledge-based economy (KBE), this feature article aims at portraying the development of Hong Kong towards a KBE in the past decade from different perspectives.

     For enquiries about this feature article, please contact the Science and Technology Statistics Section, C&SD (Tel: 3903 7282; email:

     Published in bilingual form, the HKMDS is a compact volume of official statistics containing about 140 tables. It collects up-to-date statistical series on various aspects of the social and economic situation of Hong Kong. Topics include population; labour; external trade; National Income and Balance of Payments; prices; business performance; energy; housing and property; government accounts, finance and insurance; and transport, communications and tourism. For selected key statistical items, over 20 charts depicting the annual trend in the past decade and quarterly or monthly trend in the recent two years are also available. Users can download the Digest free of charge at the website of the C&SD (

     Enquiries about the contents of the Digest can be directed to the Statistical Information Services Section of the C&SD (Tel: 2582 4738; email:
Ends/Friday, December 15, 2017
Issued at HKT 16:00

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