Hong Kong – Transcript of remarks by SLW at media session (with photo/video)

Transcript of remarks by SLW at media session (with photo/video)

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     Following is the transcript of remarks by the Secretary for Labour and Welfare, Mr Chris Sun, at a media session today (February 25):

Reporter: Did Director Xia express any expectations for the Hong Kong Government about the poverty alleviation work? If yes, what are they?

Secretary for Labour and Welfare: The Sham Shui Po Community Living Room is a project to showcase the effort by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government to tackle poverty in Hong Kong, in particular for those residents living in sub-divided units. The Director of the Hong Kong and Macao Work Office of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Council, Mr Xia Baolong, is encouraged by what we do to help those in need, because what is available here in the Community Living Room is exactly what those living in poor conditions need, giving them space for gathering; for children, there is a space for them to study and also socialise. What is more important is to provide a shared pantry as well as common areas where they can do laundry and, if necessary, they can have a shower. This is a very concrete measure by the Government. For that, Director Xia fully agrees with what we do and he encourages us to push ahead with our effort and do more to help those in need.

(Please also refer to the Chinese portion of the transcript.)

Hong Kong – Transcript of remarks by FS at media session (with photo/video)

Transcript of remarks by FS at media session (with photo/video)

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     Following is the transcript of remarks by the Financial Secretary, Mr Paul Chan, at a media session today (February 22):
 
Reporter: How would you interpret Director Xia’s second visit to Hong Kong in such a short period of time? How would you respond to comments that the second visit may signal concerns from Beijing that the city’s governance and economy is not doing as well as it should? And secondly, did Director Xia give any guidance or advice on the upcoming Budget, and did he give any key performance indicators for the Government concerning the economy? Thank you.
 
Financial Secretary: We warmly welcome the visit by Director Xia (the Director of the Hong Kong and Macao Work Office of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Council, Mr Xia Baolong) to Hong Kong. His visit that lasts for seven days would cover such areas as Hong Kong’s economic development and district administration. Under the leadership of the Chief Executive, along with the Deputy Financial Secretary and six other Policy Secretaries, we reported to Director Xia about the economic and financial situation in Hong Kong; our development in innovation and technology and commerce; as well as work related to land and housing supply. We had very good exchange of views. He understands the situation of Hong Kong very well. During the discussion, he encouraged us to continue with our good work. He is confident with this Government and appreciates our work. Going forward, the whole team in the Government will continue to work hard to develop our economy. In the process, we will make good use of the various policy support measures from the Central Authorities.
    
     As to your question about the possible measures that benefit Hong Kong, I think if there are any such measures, they would be announced at the appropriate time. Thank you.

(Please also refer to the Chinese portion of the transcript.)

Hong Kong – Transcript of remarks by SCST at media session

Transcript of remarks by SCST at media session

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     Following is the transcript of remarks by the Secretary for Culture, Sports and Tourism, Mr Kevin Yeung, at a media session after attending a radio programme this morning (January 28):
 
Reporter: Given the series of mega events to be held in Hong Kong in the coming year, how many tourists or how much economic benefits are expected?
 
Secretary for Culture, Sports and Tourism: In terms of economic benefits, of course, the direct economic benefits will be the number of tourists coming to attend these mega events. That will bring a lot of other incomes relating to, for example, the accommodation, as well as their spending in Hong Kong. But more important is the mega events would bring a lot of related management, administration, organisation to come, as well as help the promotion of Hong Kong as a major event capital, which I think will also be beneficial to Hong Kong in the long term.
 
(Please also refer to the Chinese portion of the transcript.)

Hong Kong – Transcript of remarks by SLW on confined space works

Transcript of remarks by SLW on confined space works

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     Following is the transcript of remarks by the Secretary for Labour and Welfare, Mr Chris Sun, on the prevention of accident in confined space works at a media session after attending a radio programme this morning (January 27):

Reporter: Secretary, about labour safety, as you said the Code of Practice will be issued for those working in confined space, when will this be issued? How effective do you hope this will increase the safety?

Secretary for Labour and Welfare: Our plan is to promulgate the revised “Code of Practice – Safety and Health at Work in Confined Spaces” within the first half of this year. This is our work plan. Right now, we have completed consultation with the stakeholders. We are looking at ways to refine and finalise the Code. One of the key changes to be made in the Code is to make use of technology. One idea, we think it is quite possible, is to require the installation of cameras at the entrance in confined spaces. Through cameras, there is literally no incentive for those working in confined spaces to cut corners, because all the entrances, their behaviour and equipment will be fully recorded by camera. By this way, we hope they will be able to make sure that people have every incentive to comply with all the safety requirements for working in confined spaces.

(Please also refer to the Chinese portion of the transcript.)

Hong Kong – Opening remarks by CS at UNHRC Universal Periodic Review Working Group meeting

Opening remarks by CS at UNHRC Universal Periodic Review Working Group meeting (with photo)

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     The Chief Secretary for Administration, Mr Chan Kwok-ki, attended the meeting of the Universal Periodic Review Working Group of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva, Switzerland, today (January 23, Geneva time). The Working Group examined China’s fourth report, which includes a part concerning the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), submitted under the Universal Periodic Review mechanism of the UNHRC.
      
     Mr Chan, as Deputy Head of China’s delegation, attended the meeting together with officials of the HKSAR Government as members of China’s delegation. Following are the opening remarks made by Mr Chan on the human rights situation of the HKSAR at the meeting:
 
Mr President,
 
     Since the establishment of the HKSAR in 1997, the principle of “one country, two systems” has been the cornerstone of our long-term prosperity and stability. This successful national policy ensures that our unique strengths are maintained, while serving the fundamental interests of our country.
      
     With the implementation of the Hong Kong National Security Law and an improved electoral system, the days of social disturbance and fear are now over. Stability as well as law and order has been restored, and our city is back on track. Our people can continue to enjoy the legitimate rights and freedoms guaranteed by our country’s Constitution, the Basic Law, as well as the relevant provisions of international covenants that apply to Hong Kong.
      
     The rule of law is a cornerstone and core value of Hong Kong’s success. Our common law system and independent exercise of judicial power are protected by the Basic Law. Our judiciary is well regarded internationally. Being a market-oriented, open and international economy underpinned by the rule of law, Hong Kong has exactly what it takes to be a successful global city.
      
     At the same time, we are dedicated to making our city a better place for everyone. Through targeted policies in various areas such as housing, child and youth development, healthcare, and economic development, we strive to foster a cohesive and caring community underpinned by a vibrant economy.
      
     Mr President, with the unwavering support from our country and the unique “one country, two systems” formula, Hong Kong will continue to prosper as the city where the global advantage and the China advantage converge. Thank you.