Mutual recognition of professional qualifications in Guangdong, Hong Kong, and Macao in Guangdong Pilot Free Trade Zone was piloted years ago, aiming to create development opportunities for Hong Kong and Macao professionals and service institutions on the Chinese mainland.
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Certain professionals and institutions in construction, tourism, and social work services have qualifications acceptable to work in the Hengqin New Area.
Professional service institutions function well. The government of Hengqin Area purchases legal services from joint law firms of Guangdong, Hong Kong, and Macao, and provides two-way legal services to Hong Kong and Macao SMEs, as well as companies from 24 countries and regions.
It also offers legal advice to investors and companies from Latin America intending to enter the China-LAC Economic and Trade Cooperation Park in Hengqin.
In tourism, tour guides from Hong Kong and Macao who have valid tour guide certificates can easily change their licenses and work in Hengqin by accepting pre-service training and approval organized by the tourism department.
Two hundred ninety tour guides have been trained during five pre-service training and received their licenses in Hengqin.
Regarding cross-border social services, four social workers in the first batch have been working in Hengqin after getting certified and filed, serving more than 2,700 residents in total and handling 14 cases of community and neighborhood disputes, psychological counseling, etc.
Enterprises and professionals in construction could provide services for market entities within the Hengqin Area by applying to the construction department and getting legal registration without further qualification conversion.
In April 2020, the first construction company from Hong Kong or Macao received permit certification to do business in the Chinese mainland. So far, seven enterprises and 36 professionals from Hong Kong and Macao have obtained their certificate of approval.
The whole practice was listed in the fourth batch of best practices recently issued by the Ministry of Commerce.
Author: Olivia (intern)
Editors: Wing, Nan, Jerry