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More HZMB private car quotas set

The governments of Hong Kong and Macau have agreed to increase the regular quotas for Hong Kong cross-boundary non-commercial private cars using the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge to Macau, the Transport Department announced today.   The decision was made to enhance traffic flow between Hong Kong and Macau, better utilising the bridge, the department said.   It will increase the Hong Kong quota by 1,000, following the earlier quota allocation of 1,800 for Hong Kong.   The additional quota will be distributed in two phases from the second quarter.   Half of the additional 1,000 quota allocations is for company applicants and the other half is for individual applicants. The quotas are valid for no more than three years. The eligibility criteria of quota applications remains the same.   Private cars allocated with Hong Kong quotas will be permitted to access the city of Macau multiple times using the bridge.   The Hong Kong quota allotments will be re-allocated upon expiry thro

Alfred Sit meets academicians

Secretary for Innovation & Technology Alfred Sit today met founders of the Greater Bay Area Association of Academicians.   The meeting was held to solicit insightful ideas from top-notch scientific research talents on the technological development of Hong Kong and the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, as well as valuable advice on the development of an international innovation and technology (I&T) hub.   Mr Sit said the association is a strong platform and assumes an important role and huge responsibility for driving technology by leading national scientists.   Combining the edge in scientific research and Hong Kong's advantage as an international city, the association helps foster cross-disciplinary exchange and collaboration and promote technology and popular science education.   All this will be a driving force for the synergistic innovation and technology development of Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macau as well as Hong Kong and the bay area's development into an international I&T hub, making contributions to the nation's advancement in technology, he noted.   Mr Sit added that with the country's domestic and international dual circulation development strategy and the support of the 14th Five-Year Plan, Hong Kong will push ahead in the development of the bay area into an international I&T hub.   It will also complement with Mainland cities of the bay area and Macau, to make good use of the advantages of Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macau's research and development as well as industrial innovation to better integrate into national development and leverage Hong Kong's strengths to serve the country's needs.   Mr Sit also thanked the association for its contribution to improve Hong Kong's electoral system, which can put the city back on the right track and regain its momentum in driving technology.   Fifteen seats under the Election Committee's newly added technology and innovation subsector will be nominated from among the Hong Kong academicians of the Chinese Academy of Sciences or the Chinese Academy of Engineering, and the nomination forms should be submitted by the association.
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