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Subsidy scheme accepts applications

The Food Courts Subsidy Scheme was launched today and opened for applications to provide financial support to operators of eligible licensed food factories in operation, the Food & Environmental Hygiene Department announced.   Launched under the fourth round of the Anti-epidemic Fund, the scheme will provide a one-off subsidy ranging from $20,000 to $100,000 to licence holders of food factories according to the floor area of the premises as specified on the business operation licence.   The department explained that "food court" means a place inside a shopping mall comprising licensed food factories and an adjoining seating area with tables and chairs or stools provided by the property management or owner of the mall for non-exclusive use by its visitors, which may include patrons of the licensed food factories.   The scheme requires an applicant to make a declaration, including indicating that the food business is still in operation, and if the business is not oper

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Alfred Sit holds I&T briefings

Secretary for Innovation & Technology Alfred Sit held engagement sessions with Hong Kong deputies to the National People's Congress (NPC) and Hong Kong members of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) on February 22 and 23.   The sessions were conducted in a virtual format to brief them on Hong Kong's latest innovation and technology developments before they attend the NPC and CPPCC meetings in Beijing next month.   Mr Sit expressed gratitude to the Hong Kong NPC deputies and the Hong Kong CPPCC members for their attention to the city's innovation and technology development and he hoped they can render support for the Government's work in this aspect.   Hong Kong will continue to leverage its strengths to serve the country's needs and actively participate in the nation's development, particularly in the development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, he said.   "With the plentiful development potential in the Greater Bay Area, grasping the development opportunities in the Area is the top priority of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government.”   The Government has been heavily investing and driving innovation and technology development along eight major areas with the staunch support of the country since the establishment of the Innovation & Technology Bureau.   The efforts are gradually delivering results and the overall innovation and technology ecosystem in Hong Kong has been significantly improved, with the number of local startups increasing from around 1,100 in 2014 to over 3,300 in 2020.
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