Hong Kong – FS continues visit in Shanghai (with photos/video)

FS continues visit in Shanghai (with photos/video)


    The Financial Secretary, Mr Paul Chan, continued his visit in Shanghai today (July 7).

    Mr Chan met with the President of the New Development Bank and former President of Brazil, Ms Dilma Rousseff, today and exchanged views on topics including the global economic situation, financial services development, and Hong Kong’s assistance to the New Development Bank on its businesses and development.

    Mr Chan also met with the President of the China Foreign Exchange Trade System, Ms Zhang Yi, and exchanged views on continuously enhancing the connection of financial infrastructure between the Mainland and Hong Kong. He then visited a leading Mainland pharmaceutical company and discussed the development of the biomedicine industry.

    Mr Chan delivered a speech at the opening ceremony of the Asian Logistics, Maritime and Aviation Conference Satellite Conference – A New Chapter of Hong Kong-Shanghai Collaboration this morning. He said that the maritime industry is crucial to the development of the national economy and the building of a great maritime country. The country supports Hong Kong in consolidating and enhancing its status as an international maritime centre. The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government will promulgate an action plan on the development of a high value-added maritime services industry this year, and will strive to promote the development of digital ports and green ports, with the development of a high value-added maritime services industry, so as to further expand the maritime cluster and lead the maritime industry toward a high value-added development direction. The HKSAR Government will also make full use of the advantages of Hong Kong’s common law system to develop maritime arbitration. Mr Chan said that Shanghai and Hong Kong are the world-class ports of the Yangtze River Delta Region and the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area respectively. Both places can join hands and leverage their strengths to explore more areas of co-operation, so as to enhance the efficiency of cargo delivery to places all over the world.

    The Asian Logistics, Maritime and Aviation Conference has been held in Hong Kong since 2011. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the establishment of a co-operation mechanism between Hong Kong and Shanghai, and to strengthen and promote co-operation in the maritime, aviation and logistics industry between the two places, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, the Council for the Promotion of International Trade Shanghai and the Shanghai Lingang Group have organised a satellite conference in Shanghai this year.

    Mr Chan also attended and spoke at a luncheon jointly organised by Invest Hong Kong, the Hong Kong and Economic Trade Office in Shanghai and the Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited, to promote Hong Kong’s distinctive advantages to leaders of Shanghai’s commercial and industrial sectors, and encourage them to make use of Hong Kong for international expansion.

    Mr Chan met with Hong Kong people and enterprises in Shanghai in the evening. He will return to Hong Kong tomorrow morning (July 8).

Hong Kong – BD continues to follow up on incident of fallen canopy at Po On Building

BD continues to follow up on incident of fallen canopy at Po On Building


     Upon notification by the Police yesterday (July 2) of fallen concrete from Po On Building on 30-36 Mong Kok Road, the Buildings Department (BD) officers were immediately deployed to carry out a site inspection in the afternoon of the same day. Officers at the scene found that a canopy had fallen from the external wall on the 16th floor of the building. Some individual canopies and projections on the external wall were also found to be loose. No obvious danger to the overall building structure was noted. With the assistance from the Fire Services Department, the loose items on the external walls were removed. After checking the records, the BD confirmed today (July 3) that the subject canopy was unauthorised building works (UBWs) belonging to a domestic unit on the 16th floor of the building.

     The subject building is 57 years old. The BD issued a statutory notice under the Mandatory Building Inspection Scheme (MBIS) to the owners’ corporation (OC) in respect of the common parts of the building in 2014. The BD learnt that the OC had applied for the building maintenance subsidy schemes from the Urban Renewal Authority (URA) and the applications were approved by the URA in March 2021. The registered inspector appointed by the OC submitted a prescribed inspection report to the BD in March 2023, which recommended that prescribed repair works would be required. The consultant concerned is now preparing tender documents for the repair works and is expected to discuss with the OC on the tendering for a contractor in late July.

     Although the concerned building has been inspected, the statutory notice under the MBIS will not be considered as complied with until the repair works have been completed. Pursuant to section 40(1BC) of the Buildings Ordinance, any person who, without reasonable excuse, fails to comply with a statutory notice served on him or her, commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a fine at level 5 ($50,000 at present) and to imprisonment for one year, as well as a further fine of $5,000 for each day that the offence has continued. The BD will continue to follow up with the OC and urge for their commencement of repair works as soon as possible. The BD will also consider taking enforcement action if necessary so as to ensure due compliance with the statutory notice and the safety of the occupants and the public.

     The BD emphasised that it is the responsibility of owners to ensure their buildings are free of UBWs and no UBWs will be carried out. Timely repair and maintenance of private buildings is the basic responsibility of owners and building safety problems could not be sustainably and effectively resolved by the BD’s enforcement action alone. Without receiving statutory notices under the MBIS, owners may also arrange prescribed inspections and repair as well as removal of UBWs for their buildings/premises at any time on voluntary basis in accordance with the standards and procedures of the MBIS. The Government will offer assistance and support to responsible owners and take enforcement actions to tackle dilapidation of buildings.

Hong Kong – S for Housing continues visit in Beijing (with photos)

S for Housing continues visit in Beijing (with photos)


     ​The Secretary for Housing, Ms Winnie Ho, continued her visit in Beijing today (June 1). 

     She called on the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and met with the Deputy Director-General of the International Cooperation Department and Director General of International Affairs Department, Office of the Leading Group for Promoting the Belt and Road Initiative, Mr Pan Jiang, in the morning to learn about the NDRC’s work in national economic development. Ms Ho stated that she will lead the Housing Bureau to strengthen connections with the Mainland, grasp the opportunities brought about by the development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, take part in the Belt and Road Initiative, and actively play a bridging role to better integrate into the national development. 

     Ms Ho also met with the President of the China Academy of Urban Planning and Design, Mr Wang Kai, to learn about the academy’s work in promoting urban policy formulation. The academy collects various types of data through the national urban-rural information platform to analyse the development dimensions of different regions. Moreover, they exchanged ideas on land use, housing planning and community development. Ms Ho also shared the work in public housing management and building housing ladder in Hong Kong.

     Ms Ho later visited a state-owned enterprise, namely the Beijing Public Housing Center (BPHC), and toured its indemnificatory housing projects, including restaurants and other shared facilities within the projects. She also talked with residents to understand their daily lives. Furthermore, Ms Ho attended a seminar organised by the Beijing Municipal Commission of Housing and Urban-Rural Development and the BPHC to exchange insights.

     Ms Ho and the team will meet with leaders of the Beijing Municipal Government tomorrow (June 2) to explore the development of various rental housings in Beijing Municipality, and exchange views on enhancing housing policies and issues. They will also tour the Beixiaoyuan in Tongzhou District.

     Ms Ho will conclude her visit in Beijing and return to Hong Kong tomorrow.

DotSignage Continues to Drive Innovation in Digital Signage Market with the Launch of New Weather App

 Lunching of weather app is in line with the company’s commitment to providing inclusive solutions to its customers, helping them to achieve their business goals with ease.

Smit Nebhwani, CEO & Founder at DotSignage states that “While the company has already established itself as a market leader in digital menu boards, the continuous demand for engaging content on TV screens motivates us to keep adding more features to the service. The weather app will add value for businesses that operate in locations where weather plays a crucial role in the daily plans and schedules of customers.”

The new weather app is designed to help businesses easily incorporate real-time weather updates as a small section on their TV displays. By doing so, they can enhance the value they offer to their customers and create a more engaging and personalized experience.

One of the standout features of the weather app is its user-friendly configuration process. With just four simple steps, customers can set up live weather feeds, making it easier than ever to display real-time weather information on their signage.

“The team at DotSignage emphasizes the importance of close interaction with customers to understand their unique needs and provide tailored solutions. We are dedicated to making sure that their end-to-end software solutions are easy to navigate, quick, and easily accessible. These key principles are also applied when adding any new update to our software deck, including the recently launched weather app. By prioritizing customer feedback and incorporating user-friendly features, DotSignage continues to deliver in creating a seamless system experience,” said Smit.

Another great feature of the weather app is its adaptability to different layout configurations. Customers can choose to use it as a ticker or create a multi-zoned section and assign the weather app to a specific area. This flexibility allows customers to create dynamic signages that meet their unique needs.

With the launch of this new weather app, DotSignage has once again demonstrated its commitment to delivering innovative solutions that meet the evolving needs of its customers.

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Hong Kong – SCS continues visit in Beijing (with photos)

SCS continues visit in Beijing (with photos)


     ​The Secretary for the Civil Service, Mrs Ingrid Yeung, continued her visit in Beijing today (April 27).
     She called on the Executive Vice President of the National Academy of Governance (NAG), Mr Xie Chuntao, in the morning. Mrs Yeung introduced to Mr Xie and Vice President of the NAG, Mr Gong Weibin, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government’s plan to resume its national studies training programmes for civil servants after the epidemic and exchanged views on mutual co-operation. She also had a work meeting with the Director-General of the Office of Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan Affairs of the NAG, Ms Dong Qing, and the Director of the Hong Kong and Macao International Training Center of the NAG, Mr Xie Yutong.
     Mrs Yeung said the Academy was a key partner for civil service training for the HKSAR. Being the highest institution for training civil servants, the NAG had nurtured many talents of governance for the country. Since 1999, the Civil Service Bureau (CSB) had co-organised national studies courses with the NAG and arranged for directorate civil servants and Administrative Officers to undergo training there. Nearly 1 400 senior civil servants had received training in the Academy over the years. Mrs Yeung thanked the NAG for its long-term support for the CSB’s training work and expressed that the CSB would continue to work closely with the Academy.
     All physical training and exchange activities for civil servants on the Mainland had been suspended in the past three years due to the epidemic. The CSB plans to gradually resume its national studies programmes held on the Mainland in the second half of this year and is discussing the detailed arrangements with Mainland partner institutions. Arrangements for middle and senior-level civil servants to attend training programmes, thematic visits and staff exchange programmes on the Mainland will be the first to be resumed.
     Mrs Yeung also called on the HKSAR Basic Law Committee under the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress. She met with the Chairman of the Legislative Affairs Commission and the HKSAR Basic Law Committee under the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, Mr Shen Chunyao, to exchange views on strengthening civil service training and future development directions. She also briefed Mr Shen on the key initiatives for the training on the Constitution, the Basic Law and the National Security Law in the HKSAR.
     Mrs Yeung then met with the Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Nong Rong, to exchange views on the next stage of training programme in the country’s foreign affairs for HKSAR civil servants.
     Mrs Yeung will continue her last day of visit in Beijing tomorrow (April 28) and call on Peking University.