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May302012

Hong Kong's Gift-Giving Rules

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Here's part of the entry from ethiXbase about gift-giving regulations for public officials in Hong Kong:

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Gift-giving legislation can be found in the Prevention of Bribery Ordinance (Chapter 201, Laws of Hong Kong), Acceptance of Advantages (Chief Executive's Permission) Notice 2010, and the Civil Servants Guide to Good Practices.

Civil servants cannot accept gifts or advantages from contacts with whom they have official dealings.

Gifts from family members are exempted.

"Close personal friends" can give gifts not exceeding HK$3,000 [US$386] on occasions when gifts are traditionally given or exchanged, and gifts not exceeding HK$500 on any other occasion. Loans of money from friends are allowed if they do not exceed HK$3,000 [US$386] and are repaid within 30 days.

Other people can give gifts not exceeding HK$1,500 [US$193] on occasions when gifts are traditionally given or exchanged, and gifts not exceeding HK$250 [US$32] on any other occasion. Loans of money are allowed if they do not exceed HK$1,500 [US$193] and are repaid within 30 days.

Civil servants are instructed to refuse "lavish or unreasonably generous or frequent entertainment."

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