香港的海事爭議解決 : 現狀與未來 梁振英2021年11月2日 (撮要，原文為英文):
20年前的11月，我發起的《香港專業聯盟》（Hong Kong Coalition of Professional Services) 成立。當時，大律師公會和律師會都成為會員團體。專業聯盟在成立後的蓬勃發展已經是香港成功歷史的一部份；現在，香港有5個專業十分依賴非常龐大的內地市場。
放眼「未來」，我們應該設想香港在前海發展包括海事調解服務在內的專業海事服務，利用其特殊的政制瞄準整個內地市場，服務全國。香港能在內地提供的業務量一定遠超我們在香港向內地提供的 – 香港服務提供者走進內地擴展是必由之路。這便是我在廣州南沙設立諮詢委員會服務中心的初衷。該中心能為16 個香港非牟利團體，包括律師會和大律師公會通過香港專業聯盟，提供前線支援。這也是我下週會帶同海事服務代表團前往深圳前海的目的。在場的陳曉峰律師也會隨團前往。
Legal Forum by HKMLPA Maritime Dispute Resolution in HK: Current and Future （Excerpt of a speech) CY Leung 02/11/2021
I shall focus my remarks on “the future”, particularly on what HK can do for the country, to drive the development of the HK legal profession on both sides of the boundary in the future.
20 years ago to this month, the Coalition of Professional Services was founded. The Bar Association and the Law Society were 2 of the 10 member bodies. The rest was also history. Now 5 Hong Kong professions rely heavily on the Mainland market, which as we all know is huge.
History tells us that the only way to significantly grow HK’s professional services is to break into the mainland market. Can the legal professions break into the Mainland market? I think we can. It’s a matter of how we formulate new services that the country needs and promote these services. It’s also a matter of how smart and how hard we try.
In the future, we need to identify and nurture new service types. Maritime services, including maritime legal services, including maritime dispute resolution services are definitely on my radar screen.
What do we have on the table? China is now one of the largest maritime nations in the world. And this sector is fast growing. The country needs advanced and dependable maritime services. HK is well placed.
Let’s look at the Basic Law. As we all know, the BL was promulgated more than 3 decades ago. Even then, the Central Authorities saw the importance of shipping. Of the 31 articles under the chapter on “Economy”, 4 are on “shipping”. One of these four, namely #125, states “The HKSAR shall be authorised by the Central People’s Government to continue to maintain a shipping register and issue related certificates under its legislation, using the name ‘HK, China’”. Now, we know how important the HK shipping register has become.
Fast forward 31 years to early this year when the national 5-year plan was approved. The Plan “supports HK to elevate its status as an international finance, transportation and trade centre”. The key word is “elevate”. It did not say “expand”. “Expansion” would have meant building more container terminals. “Elevation” is exactly why we are gathered here today. We need to move up the value chain. Desk based work is much more valuable than shore based work.
And if we cast our eyes over the Shenzhen River, we see Qianhai being designated, among other things, as an important platform for GD-HK cooperation, including the development of modern service sectors.
In the “future”, we should envision HK developing martime services, including maritime dispute resolution services, in Qianhai, using its special policies to target the entire Mainland market. The volume of services provided by HK in the Mainland would be much much larger than the volume of services provided in HK to the Mainland. HK in the Mainland will be the future. That’s the rationale behind my setting up of a service centre in Nansha District of GZ, which provides frontline support to 16 HK non-profit organisations, including the Law Society and the Bar Association through the CPS. That’s also the purpose of bringing a maritime delegation to Qianhai next week. Nick Chan will be with the delegation.
3 years ago to this month, President Xi received a HK and Macao delegation in the People’s Hall of Assembly to celebrate 40 years of reforms. The President reviewed the 6 contributions HK and Macao had made to the Country. He then turned to the “future”, and detailed what h hopes HK and Macao should do on the four fronts. One of these was “to more proactively assist the Country in the implementation of governance”. The HK legal professions should rise to the call. We could draw confidence from our past contributions, think big, bang our heads on the wall a few times, and do big.