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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

CE's advisory body convenes

The Chief Executive’s Council of Advisers on Innovation & Strategic Development held its 12th meeting today during which members provided their views and suggestions on the 2021 Policy Address.   Chief Executive Carrie Lam said with the implementation of the National Security Law and improvements to the electoral system, stability had been restored and the relationship between the Executive and the Legislature improved. Consequently, there were rising expectations for more effective governance and a greater resolve to address some long standing problems in Hong Kong society.   Members shared Mrs Lam’s view that the Government should demonstrate in the coming Policy Address, albeit this being the last one in the current-term Government, determination in resolving “bottlenecks” in land and housing supply, nurturing talent, offering diversified career opportunities for young people, providing affordable medical care, and building a more charming and liveable Hong Kong.   They opined that the 2021 Policy Address should be forward-looking and visionary, setting eyes on the future to instil hope and confidence.   Mrs Lam noted that the Government will assure the local and international community that Hong Kong’s fundamental strengths have not changed, with the rule of law as robust as ever.   She pointed out that Hong Kong has a bright future under “one country, two systems” and will emerge stronger by leveraging its traditional strengths and seizing opportunities arising from the 14th Five-Year Plan, the Greater Bay Area development and the Belt & Road Initiative.   Members congratulated Hong Kong athletes for their excellent performance at the Tokyo Olympic Games and appreciated the Government’s move to purchase the broadcasting rights for free use by all television stations which had helped create social cohesion in society.   They were also briefed on the city’s latest state of play in innovation and technology (I&T) and the strategies in developing an international I&T hub with the central government’s support under the 14th Five-Year Plan.
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