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CE starts Chengdu visit

Chief Executive Carrie Lam today held bilateral meetings in Chengdu with the leaders of a number of provinces and a region.   The leaders were in the Sichuan capital to prepare for attending the 2021 Pan-Pearl River Delta (PPRD) Regional Co-operation Chief Executive Joint Conference.   The meetings followed Mrs Lam’s hosting of the High-level Meeting & the Second Plenary Session of the Hong Kong/Sichuan Co-operation Conference with the Sichuan leaders this morning.   The Chief Executive first met Hainan Governor Feng Fei who she was pleased to meet again after the Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference in April.   Noting that Hainan is developing into a free trade port under the support of the central authorities, Mrs Lam said Hong Kong is willing to share its experience with the province in opening up and she wishes to seize the opportunities brought by the establishment of a free trade port in Hainan.   She thanked the province for agreeing to provide internship opportun

Electricity charges relief ready

The Government will provide a new round of electricity charges subsidy to eligible residential households from June.   The one-off $1,000 subsidy is one of the relief measures announced in the 2021-22 Budget to alleviate the impact of the economic downturn on the public. It is expected to benefit more than 2.7 million households, costing the Government about $2.8 billion.   Starting from June, $80 will be credited to each residential electricity account with CLP Power Hong Kong or Hongkong Electric Company on the first day of each month for 11 consecutive months, and $120 in the 12th month.   The credits, together with the unused credits provided under similar schemes in 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2020 and the relief provided under the Electricity Charges Relief Scheme, can be used to offset the billed charges for electricity consumed under an account.   Any unused credits can be carried forward under the same account until December 31, 2023 or the close of the account, whichever is earlier.   The credits will be reflected in the bills for residential accounts with the two electricity companies.   For enquiries, call CLP on 2678 2678 or Hongkong Electric on 2887 3411.
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