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Alice Mak visits Guangzhou

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Secretary for Home & Youth Affairs Alice Mak arrived in Guangzhou today to start her visit there.   Miss Mak met Hong Kong & Macao Affairs Office of the People's Government of Guangdong Province (GDHKMAO) Director Chen Li-wen in the morning to discuss the joint promotion of youth development in Guangdong and Hong Kong.   She shared with Ms Chen the vision and direction of the Youth Development Blueprint as well as the progress of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government's work in youth development, saying that the Home & Youth Affairs Bureau will work closely with the GDHKMAO to offer comprehensive support to youth development.   In the afternoon, Miss Mak attended a sharing session on Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area youth innovation and entrepreneurship. During the event, she said that the Hong Kong SAR Government encourages youngsters of Hong Kong to seize the opportunities brought by the development of the bay area and develop

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Jack Chan named Ombudsman

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​The Government today announced the appointment of Jack Chan as the new Ombudsman for a term of five years starting April 1.   The appointment is made by Chief Executive John Lee in accordance with The Ombudsman Ordinance.   Mr Chan is a seasoned and experienced former senior government official, who had served the Government for nearly 40 years.   He was appointed Under Secretary for Home Affairs in the fifth-term Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government, and had served as Acting Secretary for Home Affairs from January 24 to June 30, 2022.   Mr Lee said: “I am confident that with Mr Chan’s excellent leadership, decisiveness and rich experience in public administration, he will lead the Office of The Ombudsman to continue carrying out its statutory functions and ensuring efficiency in the public administration of Hong Kong.”   Mr Lee also wished outgoing Ombudsman Winnie Chiu a happy life ahead, saying that Ms Chiu led her office with the mission of enhanc

New country park established

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The Agriculture, Fisheries & Conservation Department (AFCD) today announced the establishment of Hong Kong's 25th country park, the 530-hectare Robin's Nest Country Park in Sha Tau Kok.   The country park lies on a continuum of mountain ridges stretching from the Shenzhen Wutong Mountain scenic area to the north and Pat Sin Leng Country Park to the south. Consisting of natural habitats including secondary woodland, shrubland and upland grassland, the park is rich in biodiversity with species of high conservation value such as red azalea, incense tree, Chinese grassbird and Chinese pipistrelle.   The undulating mountain ridges and intertwining natural streams at Robin's Nest provide a variety of habitats for wild animals and plants. It is geographically connected to Shenzhen Wutong Mountain, forming a cross-boundary ecological corridor between Hong Kong and Shenzhen. The AFCD said it is co-operating with the Shenzhen Wutong Mountain Scenic Area Management Autho

Jan retail sales up 0.9%

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The value of total retail sales in January, provisionally estimated at $36.5 billion, rose 0.9% compared with the same month in 2023, the Census & Statistics Department announced today.   After netting out the effect of price changes over the same period, the provisional estimate represents a 1.2% year-on-year decrease.   Of the total retail sales value in January, online sales accounted for 6.5%. Provisionally estimated at $2.4 billion, the value of this segment went down by 20.9% compared with a year earlier.   Noting that retail sales tend to show greater volatility in the first two months of a year due to the timing of the Lunar New Year, the department said the year-on-year comparison of the figures might have been affected to a certain extent.   The value of sales of jewellery, watches and clocks, and valuable gifts increased 25.2% compared with January 2023.   Increases were also recorded in the sales of other consumer goods not elsewhere classified (up 7

Tenders invited for operation contract

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The Housing Bureau today invited tenders for the operation and management contract of the first Light Public Housing (LPH) project, and encouraged capable and experienced organisations to submit bids.   The project, located at Yau Pok Road in Yuen Long, will provide about 2,100 LPH units, with intake tentatively scheduled in the first quarter of next year.   The scope of the contract mainly covers occupant management, property management, daily maintenance as well as the provision of social services, and the management and operation of ancillary facilities.   To encourage participation of different stakeholders in the community, the bureau welcomes tenders from all capable and experienced service providers, including non-government organisations and those with a valid property management company licence, or a collaboration between them.   The bureau will carry out a technical assessment based on the management capability, relevant experience and past service performance

FS paves way to green, digital future

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A number of initiatives and measures aimed at accelerating high-quality development were announced in today’s 2024-25 Budget, with the Government emphasising a move towards a green future and digitalisation.   Explaining that high-quality development spurs ongoing economic innovation and growth whilst conserving the natural environment, Financial Secretary Paul Chan said Hong Kong must pursue opportunities through leveraging its advantages under “one country, two systems”, namely those of enjoying strong support at a national level and being closely connected to other parts of the world.   He stressed that green development involves huge business opportunities and financing needs, as governments and businesses around the world pursue carbon neutrality and green transformation. In addition, he said digitalisation has become a new driving force for economic development, empowering enterprises to enhance efficiency, boost their competitiveness and achieve new growth.   Introdu

Kevin Yeung lauds top fencer

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Secretary for Culture, Sports & Tourism Kevin Yeung today congratulated Hong Kong athlete Cheung Ka-long on ascending to world number one in men's foil again.   Mr Yeung said: “Cheung Ka-long has added another remarkable page to Hong Kong's fencing history. We are so thrilled by his achievement and all citizens in Hong Kong are proud of him.” http://dlvr.it/T3JQ4L