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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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Officials visit govt offices

Secretary for the Civil Service Patrick Nip and Secretary for Financial Services & the Treasury Christopher Hui today visited the Cheung Sha Wan Government Offices.   They learnt about the operation of a temporary testing station set up for staff working at the building as well as the resumption of more public services by government departments.   Currently, 15 departments have set up offices at the building, providing public services such as health, district affairs enquiry, registration of persons and death and vehicle licensing services.   The Government Property Agency set up a temporary testing station at the building from today to February 2 (except the weekend) to provide a free virus testing service for staff members who work there, after two government staff at the building tested positive for COVID-19.    Mr Nip and Mr Hui inspected the station’s first-day of operation, including the testing service workflow and the infection control and social distancing measures put in place. They also took a virus test on site.   Both officials noted that early testing can safeguard staff safety and health and help clear any doubts of people visiting the premises for public services. They appealed to all colleagues working at the building to join the free testing plan.   Starting today, government departments resume the provision of some basic public services, in addition to emergency services and essential public services. Mr Nip and Mr Hui said they were pleased to learn that the service resumption was generally smooth on the first day.  
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