Hong Kong – S for S concludes GBA visits in Zhongshan (with photos)

S for S concludes GBA visits in Zhongshan (with photos)


     The Secretary for Security, Mr Tang Ping-keung, called on the Zhongshan Municipal Public Security Bureau and conducted visit activities in Foshan and Zhongshan today (July 20), completing his series of visits to all cities of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (GBA) in recent months.

     Mr Tang called on Vice Mayor of Zhongshan cum Director-General of the Zhongshan Municipal Public Security Bureau, Mr Lu Gang, in the afternoon. Deputy head of the Zhongshan Municipal Emergency Management Bureau Mr Peng Shangzhan was in attendance. Mr Tang exchanged views with them on issues including combatting cross-boundary crimes and emergency management, and explored co-operation in different fields for enhancing synergistic development. Mr Tang introduced in the meeting a new plan formulated by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government to further enhance the capability of GBA cities in handling incidents together, including strengthening exchanges on technology and knowledge, resource sharing, as well as emergency mobilisation co-ordination.

     Mr Tang said that after concluding the visit to Zhongshan, he has completed the series of visits to all GBA cities starting from April this year. He expressed his gratitude to the public security bureaux, emergency management bureaux and fire and rescue brigades of all the cities for studying the relevant emergency response plan with the leadership and co-ordination of the Guangdong Provincial Government. He said he looked forward to holding joint working meetings later to take forward the plan.

     Mr Tang then visited the e-Park (Zhongshan) and learnt more about its operation. He also chatted and exchanged views with young Hong Kong entrepreneurs, and explored how the HKSAR Government could help their development in the GBA. During his stay in Foshan, Mr Tang enjoyed martial arts performances at the Feihong Pavilion in Nanhai and learnt more about the origin, inheritance and development of Foshan’s martial arts culture. Mr Tang praised the local use of innovative technologies to present the diversity of traditional martial arts, which perfectly combined tradition and modernity. Such creative methods provide great inspiration to the future work of the bureau.

  Mr Tang concluded the two-day visit to Zhaoqing, Foshan and Zhongshan, and returned to Hong Kong in the evening.

Hong Kong – SEE concludes visit to Guangzhou and Zhaoqing (with photos)

SEE concludes visit to Guangzhou and Zhaoqing (with photos)


     ​The Secretary for Environment and Ecology, Mr Tse Chin-wan, concluded his visit to Guangzhou and Zhaoqing today (July 20).

     Mr Tse visited Nansha District of Guangzhou yesterday morning (July 19). He first visited a high-rise pig farm to learn about the technology and operation of modernised pig farms. The pig farm is currently the highest livestock complex in Guangdong Province. Thereafter, he also visited a vegetable farm and received a briefing from a representative of the farm on their advanced facilities and agricultural product safety tracking system.

     Yesterday afternoon, Mr Tse visited the Guangdong International Fishery High Tech Park and exchanged views on aquaculture, recreational fishing, integrated training and services schemes, etc. He also learnt about the high-density closed recirculating aquaculture system adopted in the Park. Thereafter, he visited the Vegetable Basket Project (Zengcheng) Customs Clearance Facilitation Zone of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (GBA). The Zone, which came into operation in mid-2020, aims to strengthen the co-operation in the food safety of agricultural products in the GBA and enhance the quality of agricultural products.

     Mr Tse visited Conghua Racecourse this morning together with the Director-General of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of Guangdong Province, Mr Liu Zonghui; the Executive Director of Corporate Affairs of the Hong Kong Jockey Club, Mr Raymond Tam; and the Executive Director of Racing of the Hong Kong Jockey Club, Mr Andrew Harding, to exchange views on deepening co-operation between the Mainland and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government on matters such as developing the GBA’s equine industry. Conghua Racecourse is the first thoroughbred horse training centre and a racecourse on the Mainland that meets the highest world standards, providing a support base for horses in Hong Kong to travel along the biosecurity passage between Hong Kong and the Equine Disease Free Zone in Conghua for training purposes.

     Mr Tse returned to Hong Kong this afternoon.

SCIB Concludes 46th AGM Successfully

Civil engineering specialist Sarawak Consolidated Industries Berhad (SCIB) held the Company’s 46th AGM virtually today in which shareholders voted to reappoint NEXIA SSY PLT as the auditor and authorised the directors to fix its remuneration.

Group MD and CEO of SCIB, Encik Rosland bin Othman

Shareholders also passed a resolution authorising the issuance and allotment of shares pursuant to Sections 75 and 76 of the Companies Act 2016 while waiving their pre-emptive rights.

The resolutions to re-elect Dato’ Dr. Ir. Ts. Mohd Abdul Karim bin Abdullah and Datu Haji Abdul Hadi bin Datuk Abdul Kadir to the board of directors were not tabled as they retired effective 8 December 2022. Other resolutions passed included the reappointments of eligible directors up for re-election.

Group Managing Director of SCIB, Encik Rosland bin Othman, said, “We are happy to engage with our shareholders virtually in the AGM today and answer their questions. On behalf of SCIB, I would like to thank them for having placed their trust and confidence in us at what has been a challenging period. We would also like to thank both Dato’ Dr. Ir. Ts. Mohd Abdul Karim and Datu Haji Abdul Hadi for their years of leadership and dedication to SCIB.”

“I can confidently say that the Company is looking forward to 2023 following the measures we have adopted focusing on our strengths and ensuring our resilience in the face of changes in the construction industry.”

Among the measures the Company took is a kitchen-sinking exercise pertaining to the recent cancellation of four projects as well as the settlement agreement over six projects in Qatar and Oman. These measures were taken to safeguard the Company’s interests. In respect of the cancellation of the five projects, the decision was taken after reviewing and updating the Company’s order book records to reflect the current situation while, in respect of the projects in Qatar and Oman, there is no financial impact to the trade receivables.

“In regards to the outlook, as East Malaysia’s leading precast concrete and Industrialised Building System (IBS) manufacturer, we expect Sarawak Economic Development Corp’s successful tender of the RM448 million System Package Two contract for the Kuching Urban Transportation System project phase one to have positive impact for the state economy while the announcement of the RM50 billion MRT3 project will spur demand for civil engineering services and building materials as well as give a much needed boost to the nation’s construction sector.”

“We intend to leverage on our strengths as a leading precast concrete and IBS manufacturer to seek opportunities for our engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning (EPCC) business where we specialise in small-to-mid-sized projects for water, electricity, roads, health and education infrastructure. SCIB’s geographical scope expanded to Peninsular Malaysia in recent years and we are also seeking EPCC opportunities in neighbouring Kalimantan in which our manufacturing business can play a pivotal role. To ensure business sustainability, we have also adopted technology such as 3D printing for construction as we transform to meet the challenges of the present and the future.”

As of 30 November 2022, SCIB has an order book of RM564.7 million with earnings visibility until 2026.

Sarawak Consolidated Industries Bhd: 9237 [BURSA: SCIB], http://scib.com.my

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Canada – Minister Joly concludes trip to Germany and Belgium

The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today concluded a productive trip to Germany where she participated in multilateral and bilateral discussions at the G7 and NATO foreign ministers’ meetings.

May 16, 2022 – Berlin, Germany – Global Affairs Canada

The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today concluded a productive trip to Germany where she participated in multilateral and bilateral discussions at the G7 and NATO foreign ministers’ meetings.

At the G7 foreign ministers’ meeting in Wangels, Germany, Minister Joly reaffirmed Canada’s commitment to a coordinated approach on the most pressing issues facing the international community today. Ministers discussed the growing food and energy security crises, which are a threat to vulnerable populations around the world and to global peace and stability and are a direct result of the Russian regime’s reckless actions in Ukraine. They pledged to continue working together to support Ukraine and its courageous people in response to Russia’s unprovoked and unjustifiable invasion of their country. Minister Joly and her counterparts also agreed to continue working closely together on the fight against climate change, a sustainable and fair recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and peace and security issues in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.

In Berlin, NATO foreign ministers gathered to discuss shared priorities, including the impact of President Putin’s war, the gravest threat to global security in decades. They also reviewed NATO’s evolving security and defence priorities and identified strategies to adapt to them successfully in preparation for the NATO Leaders’ Summit that will be held in Madrid this June. Given Finland’s and Sweden’s aspirations to join the Alliance, NATO foreign ministers met with them to underscore NATO’s “open door” policy.

Minister Joly met with a number of her counterparts on the margins of her meetings in Germany. She highlighted Canada’s unshakeable resolve to uphold the international rules-based order alongside its likeminded allies and partners. The Minister also reiterated Canada’s unwavering commitment to Ukraine and to NATO’s collective defence.

Minister Joly visited Brussels, Belgium, on May 16, to participate in the Joint Ministerial Committee Meeting under the Canada-EU Strategic Partnership Agreement with Josep Borrell, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, and the member states of the European Union. While in Brussels, she also attended a meeting of the European Union Foreign Affairs Committee, alongside Dmytro Kuleba, Ukraine’s Foreign Minister, where she highlighted the strong relationship between Canada and the EU, our close cooperation to support Ukraine and its people, and our collective determination to build a safer and more secure world. 

“President Putin’s war of choice is an unprecedented threat to world security and yet, it will fail. Putin sought to divide our Allies but we are more united than ever. In discussions with my G7, NATO, and EU counterparts, I reiterated Canada’s commitment to work together  to hold Putin’s regime to account, adapt to global challenges and to protect the values we hold dear.”

– Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs

Canada – Minister Ng concludes successful Canada-Caribbean Trade Mission

Helping businesses find innovative ways to diversify trade and expand into emerging export markets is key to a sustainable, inclusive economic recovery and transition to a green economy.

April 14, 2022 – Ottawa, Ontario – Global Affairs Canada

Helping businesses find innovative ways to diversify trade and expand into emerging export markets is key to a sustainable, inclusive economic recovery and transition to a green economy.

Today, the Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of International Trade, Export Promotion, Small Business and Economic Development, concluded the successful Canada-Caribbean Trade Mission, which focused on opportunities to strengthen Canada’s trade and economic relationships with Guyana, Jamaica, Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago, with a focus on clean growth.

Minister Ng was joined virtually and in person by more than 200 Canadian businesses, many of which are led by Black and women entrepreneurs and those from Canada’s other diverse communities. The trade mission began on April 12 in Georgetown, Guyana, where Minister Ng participated in a round table discussion with Canadian and Guyanese business leaders who shared best practices and growth opportunities.  

In Guyana, Minister Ng met with President Irfaan Ali to discuss next steps in strengthening the trade and investment relationship between Canada and Guyana.

During the trade mission, the Canadian Commercial Corporation signed memorandums of understanding with the Government of Guyana to bring Canadian technology and expertise to the country as it invests in its infrastructure, information and communications technologies, aerospace, clean tech and security sectors.

Minister Ng spoke with members of the Cabinet of the Government of Jamaica, thanking them for the commitment to continue working with Canada to facilitate trade between the two countries and recognizing the importance to Canada of expanding beef imports into the Jamaican market.

Minister Ng also connected to the trade mission’s virtual program to address an audience of Canadian entrepreneurs seeking to export to the Caribbean and explore important opportunities in the clean technology and green infrastructure sectors.

The Minister wrapped up the trade mission on April 14 in a meeting with Caribbean and Canadian women entrepreneurs to discuss their business experiences in Jamaica.

“This trade mission focused on sustainable growth and innovation underscores the strength of Canada’s long-standing trade and people-to-people ties with Guyana, Jamaica, Barbados, and Trinidad and Tobago. Our government will continue to strengthen its relationships with the Caribbean region, while opening doors for trade and investment opportunities that will benefit Canadian businesses and exporters.”

– Mary Ng, Minister of International Trade, Export Promotion, Small Business and Economic Development

Alice Hansen

Press Secretary

Minister of International Trade, Export Promotion, Small Business and Economic Development