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Seminar on ‘two sessions’ held

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The Chief Executive’s Policy Unit (CEPU) held a seminar today to discuss the implications of the second sessions of the 14th National People’s Congress (NPC) and the 14th Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) National Committee for Hong Kong’s future development.   The seminar was hosted by Head of the CEPU Stephen Wong. Four CEPU Expert Group members, who are themselves deputies to the NPC and members of the CPPCC National Committee, gave keynote remarks.   These were Vice-chairperson of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Basic Law Committee Wong Yuk-shan, Hong Kong deputies to the NPC Nicholas Chan and Allen Yeung, and Hong Kong member of the CPPCC National Committee Charles Ng. They discussed key messages from the “two sessions” and their takeaways from the sessions.   Mr Wong said the government work report, presented during the “two sessions”, included significant highlights relating to Hong Kong, and development proposals pertaining to va

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Transport chief ends Beijing trip

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Secretary for Transport & Logistics Lam Sai-hung today concluded his visit to Beijing by calling on the State Council Hong Kong & Macao Affairs Office (HKMAO) and meeting national railway and civil aviation administrators.   In the morning, Mr Lam called on HKMAO Director Xia Baolong to brief him on the latest work progress on Hong Kong’s maritime, aviation and logistics developments.   He gave Mr Xia an introduction of the Action Plan on Modern Logistics Development and the Action Plan on Maritime & Port Development Strategy promulgated late last year.   Mr Lam said that under the support of the National 14th Five-Year Plan and the Greater Bay Area Outline Development Plan, Hong Kong will continue to consolidate and promote its status as an international maritime centre and aviation hub by leveraging its distinctive advantages of enjoying the strong support of the motherland and being closely connected to the world.   Mr Xia fully recognised the work of the

Urban forestry forum opens

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The Hong Kong 2024 International Urban Forestry Conference opened at the Science Park today, bringing about 20 speakers from Hong Kong, the Mainland and overseas together to share their insights on various key topics related to urban forestry.   Organised by the Development Bureau with the theme “Green Metropolis - The Crucial Role of Urban Forests for a Sustainable Future”, the three-day conference offers a platform for international experts and greening and landscape industry practitioners to exchange views as well as examine various related matters.   Site visits and sharing sessions will also be arranged for participants to learn about urban forestry.       In his opening address, Deputy Financial Secretary Michael Wong said in the course of dealing with the many challenges in the development of a dense, compact city, including overcoming housing and infrastructural challenges, the greening and landscaping aspects have never been overlooked in Hong Kong.   Throughou

CM commissioner appointed

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The Health Bureau today announced the appointment of Vincent Chung as the Commissioner for Chinese Medicine Development for a three-year term with effect from May 20, following an open recruitment exercise.   Mr Chung is a registered Chinese medicine (CM) practitioner of the Chinese Medicine Council of Hong Kong (CMCHK), and currently holds the position of Associate Professor at the Jockey Club School of Public Health & Primary Care within the Chinese University of Hong Kong's Faculty of Medicine.   He obtained Bachelor's degrees in Chinese Medicine & Biomedical Science from Hong Kong Baptist University, a Master's degree in Evidence-Based Health Care from the University of Oxford in the UK as well as a PhD in Public Health from the Chinese University of Hong Kong.   His research focuses on interdisciplinary studies in healthcare service, public health and policies pertaining to the delivery of integrated Chinese-Western medicine services, with a publica

CE hosts seminar on ‘two sessions’

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Chief Executive John Lee today held a seminar on learning the spirit of the "two sessions" - the second session of the 14th National People's Congress and the second session of the 14th Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference National Committee.   The seminar was aimed at enabling the participants to have a deeper understanding of the essence of the "two sessions" and its significance to Hong Kong's development.   Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Director Zheng Yanxiong shared his views at the seminar.   Mr Zheng pointed out that the Hong Kong SAR has to grasp the spirit of the "two sessions" focusing on seven aspects - the important speech of General Secretary Xi Jinping; the significant achievements of the country on all fronts over the past year; the determination and confidence in national economic and social development; the tenet that high-quality d

Basketball event gets ‘M’ Mark status

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The Major Sports Events Committee today announced that it has awarded “M” Mark status to the FIBA 3x3 Universality Olympic Qualifying Tournament 1, which will be staged in Hong Kong for the first time from April 12 to 14 at Victoria Park.   The committee’s Chairman Wilfred Ng said Hong Kong’s successful bid to be host city of the tournament’s first leg is an important milestone for the development of 3x3 basketball in Hong Kong. The event will bring the world’s top 3x3 basketball teams to compete in Hong Kong.   More importantly, the Hong Kong, China men’s and women’s 3x3 basketball teams will make history by competing for Olympic qualification at home for the first time, he said.   He stressed that the event will promote sports development and showcase Hong Kong’s ability to host world-class sports events. He added that it will add colour and vibrancy to the city, bring in more visitors from abroad and enhance Hong Kong’s position as a centre for major international sports

Polar icebreaker arrives in HK

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Hong Kong today welcomed the nation's first domestically built Antarctic research icebreaker Xuelong 2 and the 40th Chinese Antarctic scientific expedition team for an historic five-day visit.    Xuelong 2 is equipped with advanced marine and polar research facilities, including a data acquisition and detection system for the collection of seawater samples at various depths.   It is also the world's first icebreaker to adopt bidirectional and 360-degree free rotation technologies, enabling the vessel to navigate icy waters more efficiently. The ship also features a helicopter for emergency rescue and essential supplies delivery.   The vessel will be open for registered citizens and groups, offering the public an opportunity to explore the advanced facilities onboard, while its crew members and scientists will join sharing sessions with Hong Kong students.   A series of events is being held to commemorate the vessel's visit, including a free exhibition at the