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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

Human resources body meets

The Human Resources Planning Commission convened a meeting today, with the Immigration Department briefing the commission members on the implementation of various talent admission schemes in Hong Kong.   The department pointed out that apart from nurturing local talents, the Government has been attracting talents needed by Hong Kong through various talent admission schemes while upholding priority employment of the local workforce.   Professionals may apply to work in Hong Kong under the General Employment Policy and the Admission Scheme for Mainland Talents & Professionals, while the Technology Talent Admission Scheme provides a fast-track arrangement for eligible companies to admit non-local technology talents to undertake research and development work in Hong Kong.   Talents from all around the world can also settle in Hong Kong through applying for the annual quota under the Quality Migrant Admission Scheme (QMAS).   Members also noted the enhancement measures on attracting talent as announced in the 2021 Policy Address, including doubling the annual quota under the QMAS from 2,000 to 4,000 and updating the Talent List by adding the new professions of financial professionals in compliance in asset management and professionals in environmental, social and governance to the list, as well as expanding the scope of some existing professions.   They were pleased to note that the QMAS was still widely welcomed by talents from around the world under the pandemic and the number of allotted quota in 2020 nearly doubled that of 2019.   It was agreed that Hong Kong would need to continue to attract talents to enrich its talent pool to promote high-end economic development and grasp the opportunities brought by the national development. Members also offered comments on different talent admission schemes.   In addition, Invest Hong Kong gave a briefing on its talent attraction work, including working with relevant policy bureaus, Hong Kong Economic & Trade Offices and other stakeholders to showcase to global talents the opportunities in Hong Kong by organising different kinds of global promotion events and through social media and other digital promotion platforms.   Members welcomed the Government's promotional efforts on talent attraction and offered comments and suggestions on how to better take forward the relevant work to meet the talent demand in Hong Kong.   Chaired by Chief Secretary John Lee, this afternoon's meeting was the sixth during the commission’s second term.
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