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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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Alfred Sit visits 1823 centre

Secretary for Innovation & Technology Alfred Sit today visited the 1823 Government Call Centre to thank those handling public questions and complaints about government services.   Managed by the Efficiency Office, the 1823 centre provides one-stop round-the-clock service to answer enquiries for 23 participating departments and receive complaints, suggestions and compliments on all government services.   Mr Sit said that public demands for 1823 services are on the increase, in particular epidemic-related enquiries. In 2020, it received some 4.74 million calls and 500,000 emails and text messages from the Tell me@1823 mobile app.   He encouraged 1823 staff to serve the public with dedication on the front line to foster communication between the Government and the people.   In fighting COVID-19, the 1823 Government Call Centre supports related hotlines including the COVID-19 hotline for the Department of Health, the CuMask+™ hotline, the Universal Community Testing Programme hotline and the Return2hk Scheme hotline.   While according priority in handling calls related to the pandemic, 1823 maintains normal services as far as possible.
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