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政府消費開支 / Government consumption expenditure

Country / Area: China, Hong Kong SAR

Classification category: Expenditure classifications

General information
1 (a)Name of the current national classification (full name in official national languages and in English with acronyms in brackets, should be given)Chinese: 政府消費開支
English: Government consumption expenditure (GCE)
1 (b)In which language(s) is the classification available?Chinese and English
1 (c)Can the classification (or information about it) be accessed on the Internet? If yes, please provide the URL.Yes. The classification is given in the report Gross Domestic Product which can be downloaded at the website of the Census and Statistics Department:
Classification structure
2 (a)Please describe the structure of the classification: How many levels does the classification have? (Please provide labels, such as “Division”, “Class”) How many categories exist at each level?Please see answer to 3(c).
2 (b)Please provide examples of the coding system used at each level.Please see answer to 3(c).
Relationship to international standards
3 (a)Is this classification based on (or linked to) an international standard classification? If yes, please describe.Yes, it is based on the Classification of the Functions of Government (COFOG) promulgated by the UN, with local adaptations.
3 (b)Is the classification structure identical to the international standard or, if not, how does it differ? (e.g. have additional levels been added to the international standard or have changes been made within the level of the international structure, such as aggregations or additional breakdowns)The classification is identical to the international standard. “Defence” and “Public order and safety” are aggregated, because the Central People's Government of the People’s Republic of China shall be responsible for the defence of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, whereas the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region shall be responsible for the maintenance of public order in the Region.
3 (c)Please describe deviations from the international standard (in terms of structure, methodology or application rules). Please use examples, if a general statement is not possible.
COFOG by UNClassification adopted by Hong Kong
1. General public services1. General public services
2. Defence2. Public order, safety and defence
3. Public order and safety
4. Economic affairs3. Economic affairs
5. Environmental protection4. Environmental protection
6. Housing and community amenities5. Housing and community amenities
7. Health6. Health
8. Recreation, culture and religion7. Recreation, culture and religion
9. Education8. Education
10. Social protection9. Social protection
3 (d)At what level of the international standard can data be reported for international comparison? (Please provide examples of programmes / indicators if reporting takes place at different levels of the classification.)Please see answer to 3(c).
3 (e)If no links to international classifications exist or no international standard is used, please state if there are plans to use international norms in the future.Not applicable.
Classification uses
4 (a)Please state for which statistical purposes (surveys etc.) this classification is used and if there are users outside of the Statistical Office. Please indicate at which level the classification is used for data collection and for data publishing.Data compilation, dissemination and analysis of GCE of Hong Kong within the GDP framework. Please see answer to 3(c) for the classification used for data publishing.
4 (b)Please give the names of institutions that use the classification for non-statistical purposes (as opposed to statistical purposes in question 4(a)). Also indicate the kind of use (e.g. tax offices, social security, customs, enterprise register, employment services, work permits etc.)Mainly used within the Government for economic analysis.
4 (c)Please indicate if alternative classifications are used by other institutions of the economy. Are these classifications available and useful for the Statistical Office?Nil.
Implementation / revision status
5 (a)Please state the date of the official adoption of the classification. If not yet adopted, please indicate the current state (e.g. in development, sent for approval, in printing, ready to be distributed etc.)Hong Kong has been using the existing classification for GCE in accordance with the classification given in the System of National Accounts (SNA) since 2005.
5 (b)Please state the date of use of the classification for individual statistical programmes.Please see answer to 5(a).
5 (c)Are there existing plans for revision or update of the current classification?Nil.
5 (d)Name of former (previous) national classification (full name in both national tongue and in English with acronyms in brackets, should be given)Nil.
5 (e)Please describe the link of the former classification to international classificationsNil.
5 (f)Please describe the structure of the former classification and indicate the number of items at each level of the classification. (similar to question 2(a))Not applicable.
5 (g)Do conversion tables exist between the former and current classification?Not applicable.
5 (h)When was the former classification implemented?Not applicable.
5 (i)Are statistical data still collected or published according to the former classification? Please indicate if this statistical data is collected or published by the Statistical Office or elsewhere.Not applicable.
Supporting documents
6 (a)Have national explanatory notes and/or guidelines been elaborated?Yes, the classification is elaborated in the report Gross Domestic Product.
6 (b)Do correspondence tables exist between the national and the international classifications (if applicable)?Please see answer to 3(c).
6 (c)Are correspondence tables between alternative and current classification available (if applicable)?Not applicable.
6 (d)Does a national coding index exist?No.
6 (e)Is the classification available in electronic form? If yes, in which formats is it available?(e.g. PDF, TXT, Excel, XML)Yes, the classification is given in the report Gross Domestic Product in PDF format.
6 (f)Are the correspondence tables or indexes available in electronic form?Not applicable.
Contact information
7 (a)Name of institution / office responsible for the development and maintenance of the classificationNational Income Section (1)2,
National Income Branch (1),
Census and Statistics Department
7 (b)Contact address, phone number, e-mail or website for public information and inquiryNational Income Section (1)2,
National Income Branch (1),
Census and Statistics Department,
22/F, Wanchai Tower, 12 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong.
Tel: (852) 2582 5077
E-mail: gdp-e@censtatd.gov.hk
Website: www.censtatd.gov.hk
Other comments
9 (a)Please provide any other information on this classification that you consider relevantNil.

Source: UN questionnaire, 9/10/2012