Annual Survey of Economic Activities for 2013 starts

     The Census and Statistics Department (C&SD) announced today (March 4) the commencement of the Annual Survey of Economic Activities for the reference year of 2013. The survey aims to collect up-to-date statistical data on business performance and operating characteristics of various economic sectors for evaluating their contribution to Hong Kong's Gross Domestic Product. The survey results are useful to both the Government and the private sector in formulating policies and making decisions.

     About 20 000 establishments are selected for participation in the survey. These establishments are being individually notified by post, with the relevant questionnaires enclosed in the notification letters.

     The Annual Survey of Economic Activities is a mandatory survey conducted under Part III of the Census and Statistics Ordinance (Chapter 316). According to section 13(1) of the Ordinance, any person to whom a questionnaire relating to a statistical survey is delivered shall complete the questionnaire or cause it to be completed by other persons to the best of his/her knowledge and belief, and in the manner specified in the questionnaire, and then return the questionnaire on or before the specified date. The Ordinance also stipulates that all collected information which may enable identification of individual establishments should be kept in strict confidence and should not be released to any unauthorised parties including government departments.

     The C&SD would like to thank those establishments which had participated in previous rounds of the survey; and appeal for the support of the management of all establishments which have been selected in the current survey round for their co-operation by returning the completed questionnaires to the C&SD by end May 2014.

     The information to be sought in the survey mainly includes type of ownership, origin of investment, floor area, number of persons engaged, compensation of employees (including wages, salaries and other employee benefits), operating expenses, business receipts, capital expenditure and other information related to the business operation of the establishments.

     If necessary, census officers of the C&SD may phone or visit individual establishments to offer assistance in completing the questionnaires. These officers will each carry a Government/Enumerator Identity Card and a certificate for conducting the survey, which are available for inspection.

     Results of the survey will be released in end 2014.

     Enquiries regarding the survey maybe directed to the Economic Surveys Section (1) (Tel: 2894 8234, fax: 2123 1429, e-mail: or Economic Surveys Section (2) (Tel: 2805 6644, fax: 2805 6105, of the C&SD.

Ends/Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Issued at HKT 16:30