Hong Kong – HKETO, Brussels supports Hong Kong designers during Paris Fashion Week (with photos)

HKETO, Brussels supports Hong Kong designers during Paris Fashion Week (with photos)


     The Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Brussels (HKETO, Brussels) supported a networking event for the fashion business during Paris Fashion Week in France on February 28 (Paris time).

     The event was organised by the Fashion Farm Foundation (FFF) to promote Hong Kong’s talents to guests from different parts of the world, including editors, buyers and designers in the field of fashion.

     In her address to the guests, Deputy Representative of HKETO, Brussels Miss Grace Li, highly praised the craftsmanship and use of technology which could be seen in the designers’ work. She said, “The collections being showcased resonate with the concerns of our time, such as sustainability, inclusivity and new ways of expressing diversity and individuality.” She also added, “The open, vibrant and cosmopolitan environment of Hong Kong is ideal for nurturing new talents. The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government is committed to provide more support for fostering development in creative sectors.”

     Miss Li also mentioned the launching of the “Hello Hong Kong” Campaign. She emphasised that Hong Kong is back on the international stage, and is ready to receive guests from all around the world. She highlighted two fashion-related events and invited friends from other places to visit Hong Kong.

     The FFF is a non-profit organisation founded in 2012 by a group of passionate fashion entrepreneurs and fashion educators in Hong Kong to promote Hong Kong fashion globally. It aims to build synergy among Hong Kong-based fashion designers, cultural practitioners, industry experts and retailers. By participating in Paris Fashion Week, the FFF enhances international exposure for Hong Kong fashion designers. This season, the FFF brought eight Hong Kong labels to Paris Fashion Week, which is being held from February 28 to March 8.

Hong Kong – North District Hospital announces event of suspected unauthorised access to medical records

North District Hospital announces event of suspected unauthorised access to medical records


The following is issued on behalf of the Hospital Authority:
     The spokesman for North District Hospital (NDH) today (February 28) announces an event of suspected unauthorised access to medical records:

     NDH received a complaint from a staff member earlier, suspecting that her medical records had been accessed without consent. NDH attaches great importance to the event and immediately launched an investigation into the complaint. During the investigation, it was found that a doctor had performed multiple instances of access to medical records of 29 individuals, including patients and healthcare staff, without consent through the Clinical Management System (CMS).

     As the event is serious and potentially involves criminal intent, NDH reported it to the Hospital Authority (HA) Head Office and decided to report it to the Police for investigation. NDH also reported it to the Office of the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data and will provide necessary support to the individuals who have been affected.

     The doctor involved in the event was suspended from clinical duties and was forbidden to access the CMS.

     The HA has always been committed to protecting patient data and privacy and has established a robust mechanism to protect the relevant data. Moreover, the HA has been providing training on the protection of personal and data privacy to reassure staff thoroughly understand its importance.

     The HA attaches great importance to staff adherence to professional ethics, and reminds staff to stringently uphold professional ethics and enforce the compliance of protecting patient data and privacy. The HA will enhance monitoring of staff’s access to medical records. Also, the HA will enhance regular audits of healthcare staff’s access to medical records. NDH will fully co-operate with the Police investigation. If any inappropriate conduct is found after the investigation, the hospital will follow up seriously.

Hong Kong – Executive Council approves financial arrangement for Tung Chung Line Extension

Executive Council approves financial arrangement for Tung Chung Line Extension


     The Chief Executive in Council today (February 28) approved the financial arrangement for the Tung Chung Line Extension (TUE). Subsequently, the Transport and Logistics Bureau has signed with the MTR Corporation Limited (MTRCL) the project agreement for the TUE. It is expected that the construction of the project will commence in mid-2023 for completion in 2029.

     A Government spokesman said, “The TUE project is implemented under the ownership approach. The MTRCL will be responsible for the financing, design, construction, operation and maintenance of the TUE. The Government, supported by an independent checking consultant, has checked and verified the project financial estimates provided by the MTRCL. The capital cost estimate for the TUE is $19.5 billion (in December 2020 prices) and the funding gap of the TUE is $15.5 billion (July 2022 Net Present Value (NPV)). The Government will provide funding support to the MTRCL in order to implement the project.”

     The Executive Council approved granting the MTRCL the property development rights of Tung Chung Area 113 and deducting a total fixed lump sum of $18.3645 billion in money-of-the-day prices (equivalent to the above-mentioned funding gap of $15.5 billion (July 2022 NPV)) from the full market value land premium of the site assessed on a “with-railway” basis in the future as funding support to the MTRCL to implement the TUE project.

     Tung Chung Area 113, with an area of about 7.6 hectares, is located in the newly reclaimed land under the Tung Chung New Town Extension (TCNTE) project and in immediate vicinity to the proposed Tung Chung East (TCE) Station under the TUE project. Tung Chung Area 113 is intended for an integrated development for commercial and residential uses cum Public Transport Interchange with the provision of open space and Government, Institution and Community facilities.

     “The Government has been advocating the ‘infrastructure-led’ and ‘capacity-creating’ planning principles in taking forward transport infrastructure projects. We will provide funding support to the MTRCL to implement the TUE project. Under the relevant financial arrangement, the MTRCL is required to pay land premium, which is the full market value assessed on a “with-railway” basis less the fixed lump sum, for the development of the site. The MTRCL will also bear all the associated commercial risks arising from market fluctuations and rail operations,” the spokesman said.

     The TCNTE is an important source of land supply to meet Hong Kong’s housing, economic and social needs with additional planned population of about 146,000 and 38,000 in Tung Chung East and Tung Chung West respectively. The TUE will offer direct railway access to the TCNTE supporting the sustainable growth in population and employment opportunities in that area. The project mainly comprises the following parts:

     (1) the extension of the railway tunnels westward from the end of the existing Tung Chung Station for about 1.3 kilometres with the construction of a new Tung Chung West Station at the west of Yat Tung Estate, to serve Yat Tung Estate, Mun Tung Estate and other housing developments in the adjacent area; and

     (2) the re-alignment of approximately 1.2-kilometre long railway track section between the existing Sunny Bay Station and Tung Chung Station with a view to shifting it towards TCE reclamation area and the construction of the new TCE Station to serve the new developments of the TCE reclamation area.

Hong Kong – Working Group on Oral Health and Dental Care convenes first meeting (with photo)

Working Group on Oral Health and Dental Care convenes first meeting (with photo)


     The Working Group on Oral Health and Dental Care convened its first meeting today (February 28) to discuss its future work as well as key issues for follow-up. The meeting was chaired by the Permanent Secretary for Health, Mr Thomas Chan. In addition to the non-official members, representatives of the Health Bureau, the Department of Health, the Education Bureau and the Labour and Welfare Bureau also attended the meeting.
     At today’s meeting, members of the Working Group were briefed on the prevailing dental care policy and public dental services, and exchanged views on the future work of the Working Group. The Working Group was of the view that enhancing the overall level of citizens’ oral health should be the objective under which the scope and effectiveness of the existing oral health measures as well as dental care services are to be examined and suggestions be made on the long-term strategic development for oral health and dental care.  The Working Group also consolidated the following framework to form the basis of which enhancements to oral health measures and dental care services are to be discussed:
(a) To determine the service scope of primary dental services suitable for different age groups with the premise of preventing oral diseases and enhancing the oral health of the community in line with the Primary Healthcare Blueprint;
(b) To define various underprivileged groups, groups with special needs and those of relatively higher risks, and review the existing needs and service coverage with a view to providing more targeted dental care services;
(c) To review the manpower resources and related training arrangements of various dental professionals to tie in with the strategic development needs of the overall oral health and dental care; and
(d) To review the complementary arrangements for dental services, including the models and financial arrangements under which services provided or subsidised by the public sector are delivered as well as the use of electronic health record, with a view to ensuring service efficacy.
     Mr Thomas Chan said, “I would like to express my sincere gratitude to all members of the Working Group for their active discussion as well as offering valuable advice on various aspects of oral health and dental care services during the discussion at the meeting today. The Government will join hands with the Working Group to work collaboratively in enhancing Hong Kong’s overall oral health and providing more effective dental care services. We will, having regard to the comments raised by members, make arrangements for the overall review work plan and discussion agendas, and formulate a proposed schedule for the Working Group, such that the Working Group may put forward concrete proposals in phases during its term.”
     The Government established the Working Group on Oral Health and Dental Care on December 30, 2022, to advise the Government on various aspects of oral health and dental care services. The Working Group comprises 13 non-official members and five ex-officio members. Non-official members consist of representatives from the dental profession, healthcare sector, collaborating non-governmental organisations of government-subsidised dental care programmes, as well as well-regarded and relevant community personalities. 

Canada – Oxathiapiprolin, Proposed Maximum Residue Limit (PMRL2023-11)

The Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) invites the public to submit written comments on the proposed maximum residue limit (MRL) for oxathiapiprolin up to 75 days from the date of publication of this consultation document. The PMRA will consider all comments received before making a final decision on the proposed MRL for oxathiapiprolin.

How to get involved
This consultation is available for comment from 17 February 2023 to 3 May 2023 (75 calendar days). Open the Consultation Document link to access the document.

If you would like to comment, see the Pest Management Regulatory Agency Publications Section page for contact information. Please be sure to include the title of the consultation document on which you are commenting. Interested parties are encouraged to provide comments and suggestions by 3 May 2023.

Reporting to Canadians
Health Canada will make the results of this consultation available on this website. Once the decision on oxathiapiprolin is finalized, the established MRLs will be legally in effect as of the date that they are entered into the MRL database, an online query application that allows users to search for established MRLs, regulated under the Pest Control Products Act, both for pesticides or food commodities.

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