The Legal and Consular Section
Services provided by the Legal and Consular Section include issuing passports and visas, providing advice on laws related to German citizenship, German pension and other welfare matters and providing advice and help for stranded German tourists. Additional services include certification of photocopied documents and signatures as well as notarial recording of documents for official and legal purposes, including affidavits, applications for a certificate of inheritance and pre-nuptial agreements. Consular staff also attempts to provide information on other legal and consular matters wherever possible.
The Political Section
The Political Section of the Consulate General keeps the German Federal Government informed about the domestic affairs in the Hong Kong SAR and the Macau SAR. It maintains a close relationship with Hong Kong's Legislative Council, Macau's Legislative Assembly, and various political institutions and independent organisations. The main focus lies on the principle “one country, two systems” in these two Special Administrative Regions of the People’s Republic of China.
The Protocol Unit is also part of the Political Section. It looks after the organisation of visits of high-ranking government officials, parliamentarians, economic delegations as well as cultural representatives.
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The Press Section
The Press Section is responsible for the Consulate General's media contacts. It provides information on German government policies, answers questions on political issues related to Germany, handles requests for interviews and statements by the Hong Kong and Macau media, helps media representatives to get in touch with people in Germany, gives advice on how to cover interesting topics, liaises with correspondents of German media based in Hong Kong and Macau, among other tasks and responsibilities.
The Commercial Section
The Commercial Section of the Consulate serves as a liaison between the German Federal Government and the Hong Kong and Macau SAR Governments. Among other tasks, the Commercial Section promotes bilateral trade, monitors the economic environment, hosts delegations and provides assistance at state-sponsored trade fairs. Its role varies from analysing the economic and business environment to assisting German companies as well as Hong Kong and Macau investors. It also provides assistance for investors and companies working between and among Germany, Hong Kong and Macau.
The Cultural Section
Cultural policy is an integral part of the German foreign policy, as it enables people of the most diverse backgrounds to meet. Its task is to build bridges to other cultures, promoting exchange and aiding understanding between people. The Cultural Section seeks to provide people in Hong Kong with a realistic view of Germany, its people, language and culture. The implementation of cultural relations policy in Germany is mostly decentralized, that is to say it is a task shared by the federal and state governments, local authorities, government agencies and private organisations. In Hong Kong the Consulate General is supported in its cultural work mainly by the Goethe-Institut and the lecturers of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). In the education field we also work closely together with the German Swiss International School (GSIS) which has been offering excellent academic services for more than 35 years. In the sector of tertiary education we work together with a number of German lecturers at the Hong Kong universities. Our partners in Hong Kong are also government offices such as the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, the Education Bureau as well as various independent organisations.
The Administration Section
The Administration Section is responsible for all internal matters of the Consulate General. This includes organisational measures, technical and security related questions as well as the management of the chancellery and the Consul General’s residence as well as human resources, finance and communication networks.
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The Directive Concerning the Prevention of Corruption in the Federal Administration of 30 July 2004 lays down the legal framework for the anti-corruption tasks at the Federal Foreign Office headquarters and at German missions abroad. The Directive is intended to offer clear and concise guidelines on honest, fair and transparent actions by the federal administration.