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Patrick Nip meets logistics staff

Secretary for the Civil Service Patrick Nip today visited the Government Logistics Department to learn about colleagues’ work and matters of concern.   Mr Nip said that the 2021 Policy Address proposed to enhance the effectiveness of governance, and the civil service as the Government’s backbone plays a vital role in implementing “one country, two systems”.   He encouraged staff to spare no efforts in supporting bureaus and departments, always bearing in mind to strive for excellence in service delivery.   They should be innovative, be adept at policy making as well as execution, work with a strong sense of responsibility, and make good use of innovation and technology to meet the opportunities and challenges in the new era, he added.   At the Storage & Distribution Section’s Unallocated Store, Mr Nip was briefed on the storage and delivery of essential and emergency items including protective gear for bureaus and departments.   In addition, Land Transport Division staff
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Policy Address measures highlighted

Secretary for Commerce & Economic Development Edward Yau today briefed members of the Trade & Industry Advisory Board on initiatives related to commerce and trade in the 2021 Policy Address.   Mr Yau said the Policy Address focuses on integration into national development and states that the developments of Hong Kong and the nation are closely related.   While the nation is the major growth engine and driving force for the global economy, the 14th Five-Year Plan, the Outline Development Plan for the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, the Qianhai plan, the economic development pattern of not only greater domestic circulation but also domestic and international dual circulation, as well as the Belt & Road Initiative have brought unlimited opportunities for enterprises and professional services providers in Hong Kong.   The city must seize these opportunities and leverage its advantages, Mr Yau noted.   During the meeting, the commerce chief stressed that Hong

Clement Woo named Under Secretary

Chief Executive Carrie Lam has appointed Clement Woo as Under Secretary for Constitutional & Mainland Affairs and he will assume office on October 20.   He was named on the Appointment Committee’s recommendation.   Mr Woo, aged 54, was a member of the Tai Po District Council from 2016 to 2019.   He has ample experience in running manufacturing, trade and investment companies locally, on the Mainland and abroad.   He has made notable contributions to society through his participation in the Committee on the Promotion of Civic Education, the Family Council and the Basic Law Promotion Steering Committee, as well as his service as an auxiliary police officer.    He is a member of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment & Progress of Hong Kong. http://dlvr.it/S9njlv

8.9m vaccine doses given

About 8,901,700 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered to the public, with about 4,561,400 people receiving their first dose and around 4,340,300 getting their second dose.   Among those given the first dose of vaccines, about 1,656,700 people have received the Sinovac jab and about 2,904,700 people got the BioNTech one.   For the second dose, about 1,580,900 people have received the Sinovac vaccine, while about 2,759,400 people have been administered the BioNTech jab.   About 8,200 people received jabs under the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme today.   Around 800 people received their first dose of the Sinovac vaccine and around 1,400 people received their second dose.   For the BioNTech vaccine, about 1,800 people received their first dose and around 4,100 people got their second dose.   The overall percentage of people who received the Sinovac vaccine at community vaccination centres is about 95%, while it is about 86% for the BioNTech one.   As of midnight,

3 imported COVID-19 cases reported

The Centre for Health Protection today said it is investigating three additional imported COVID-19 cases involving arrivals from the Philippines and Kyrgyzstan.   All the cases involve mutant strains.   Two of them tested positive during quarantine while the remaining one tested positive during the test-and-hold arrangement upon arrival at Hong Kong International Airport.     A total of 65 cases were reported in Hong Kong in the past 14 days, one of which is a local case with an unknown infection source and the rest are imported.   For information and health advice on COVID-19, visit the Government’s dedicated webpage. http://dlvr.it/S9mpMx

Sai Wan Ho testing exercise ends

The Government announced that the compulsory testing exercise for the Sai Wan Ho restricted area ended today with no confirmed COVID-19 cases found.   It made a restriction-testing declaration last night, requiring people at Tower 1, Grand Promenade to stay in their premises and undergo compulsory testing. As at 1am today, around 830 residents were tested.    In addition, Government staff visited about 435 households in the restricted area, of which 70 did not answer the door. Follow-up measures will be taken.   According to a compulsory testing notice issued yesterday, people who stayed in the building for more than two hours from September 24 to October 15 must undergo testing by October 17 even if they were not in the restricted area when the declaration took effect. http://dlvr.it/S9kDDj

CE confident in HK as I&T hub

Chief Executive Carrie Lam today said she is confident that Hong Kong's future innovation and technology (I&T) development will turn the city into an international I&T hub.   Mrs Lam made the remarks at the award presentation ceremony of Hong Kong's first ever City I&T Grand Challenge, organised by the Innovation & Technology Commission with the Hong Kong Science & Technology Parks Corporation.   She noted that in the past four years, the Government has adopted an eight-pronged approach to develop I&T, with over $130 billion allocated to implement various projects so far.   In her 2021 Policy Address, Mrs Lam pointed out that Hong Kong's I&T industry is flourishing and to sustain the good momentum, the city is keen to develop a more comprehensive I&T ecosystem.   The Policy Address also announced further measures, including providing an additional 150 hectares of land in the Northern Metropolis plan for I&T use, developing the San