An academic said on Thursday that it is important to preserve Hong Kong’s advantages under "One Country, Two Systems", especially for international non-governmental organisations (INGOs) that do cross-boundary work.
The Director of University of Hong Kong’s Centre for Civil Society and Governance, Professor Eliza Lee, said 215 INGOs have offices in Hong Kong now. About 150 of them were established here after 1997.
A study by the centre showed that most INGOs did not report an interest in local advocacy or monitoring of the local government. Of the 55 organisations that completed its in-depth survey, nearly 70 percent said they did not participate in local advocacy activities.
Lee acknowledged that many INGOs use the city as a base for planning and fund-raising. She said the arrangement was also beneficial to Hong Kong.