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Electric car supply key to transition

(To watch the full press conference with sign language interpretation, click here.)   The roadmap on the popularisation of electric vehicles to be announced next month will be a clear signal for car manufacturers and suppliers to prepare for the transition by increasing supply, Secretary for the Environment KS Wong said today.   At a press conference on the 2021-22 Budget initiatives this morning, Mr Wong pointed out that Hong Kong's target of phasing out conventional petrol private cars in 2035 or earlier was progressive.   “Regarding the phasing out of conventional private vehicles, our target is actually the most progressive in Asia, you have to understand that. And our target is that we would like to set the target of 2035 as the deadline.”   He noted that a good supply of electric vehicles in the private car industry will be a key factor during the transition.   "The meaning of that 2035 is to set a clear signal to car manufacturers and suppliers to Hong Kong th

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Basic public services to resume

The Government today announced that its departments will resume some basic public services from January 28 in addition to the continued provision of emergency and essential public services.   It made the announcement after considering the needs for the functioning of society and the economy, adding that its ultimate goal is to resume full public services when conditions permit.   The special work arrangements for government employees has been implemented since December 2 last year. Aside from staff providing emergency and essential public services as well as those involved in anti-epidemic efforts, all government employees were arranged to work from home.   Despite the epidemic's impact, the Government said it has the responsibility to maintain the continued functioning of the community and the economy.   To meet the needs of the public and enterprises, bureaus and departments will resume some basic public services from January 28 upon implementation of targeted measures to reduce social contact and measures for infection control.   Government departments will separately announce the services that will be resumed, relevant arrangements and details.   In view of the need to reduce people flow and social contact, bureaus and departments will adopt flexible measures to reduce the number of staff working together in an office as far as possible.   The Government appealed for public understanding as the waiting time for public services may be lengthened or applications may need a longer processing time due to the possible adjustment in some offices' opening hours.   It also encouraged people to use alternative means, such as the post, drop-in boxes or online channels, to receive the services they need.   Meanwhile, employers are urged to make flexible work arrangements for employees in accordance with their operational needs, including allowing them to work from home when appropriate.
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