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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 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 opportunities in Hainan for Hong Kong youths and expressed the hope that a detailed plan could be worked out with the province next year.   At her meeting with Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region Chairman Lan Tianli, Mrs Lam thanked Guanxi for supporting Hong Kong in its fight against COVID-19.   The region sent a nucleic acid test support team to assist the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government in rolling out the large-scale universal community testing programme, and provided care and support for Hong Kong people in Guangxi during the epidemic.   The Chief Executive said Guangxi is a passageway between the country and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and an important gateway under the Belt & Road Initiative.   Pointing out Hong Kong’s proactive development in its relations with ASEAN and participation in the Belt & Road Initiative, Mrs Lam added that she believes there will be more room for co-operation between Hong Kong and Guangxi.   In their meeting, the Chief Executive told Jiangxi Governor Yi Lianhong that Hong Kong is the largest source of external investment in Jiangxi and has all along been an ideal platform for Jiangxi enterprises to “go global”.   Mrs Lam said she is pleased that Jiangxi has organised economic and trade co-operation and exchange activities in Hong Kong for many years in a row since 2002.   Noting that such activities were suspended last year amid the epidemic, Mrs Lam said she hoped Jiangxi would actively consider resuming them as the epidemic situation alongside the stabilisation of the epidemic situation in Hong Kong.   The Chief Executive gave an interview to Sichuan media during the day, then in the evening, she joined PPRD leaders to meet CPC Sichuan Provincial Committee Secretary Peng Qinghua and Sichuan Governor Huang Qiang.   She also attended a gala dinner and watched cultural performances.
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