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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

Travel bubble relaunches May 26

(To watch the full press conference with sign language interpretation, click here.)   The Government today announced that flights under the Hong Kong-Singapore Air Travel Bubble (ATB) will begin on May 26 with more stringent public health protocols.   The air travel bubble, announced last year, was deferred due to the developments of the COVID-19 epidemic in Hong Kong.   Under the more stringent measures, Hong Kong residents travelling under the ATB can only take designated flights to Singapore at least 14 days after they have had two doses of COVID-19 vaccine.   Announcing the scheme's relaunch at a press conference today, Secretary for Commerce & Economic Development Edward Yau said the vaccination requirement was aimed at encouraging Hong Kong citizens to get vaccinated as soon as possible for better self-protection against COVID-19 when travelling.   “As we all know, having (been) vaccinated (means) you (have) got a higher protection for your own self. Therefore, we consider this as something that we should do and also (are) capable of doing because of the availability of (vaccines) in Hong Kong, not to mention the choice (of vaccines people) can have.”   Riding on the original arrangement, the two governments will impose more stringent measures on travel history prior to departure, the mechanism to suspend or resume the ATB and contact tracing, details of which can be found here.   Mr Yau hoped the ATB, if successfully implemented, could serve as the basis upon which similar arrangements could be made with other economies.   “This will be something we need to look at on a bilateral basis, whether we consider the other partner (as) having a very stable and safe situation.   “Since we started this conversation and dialogue in the middle of last year, we have been keeping in touch with a number of economies, updating them (on) the progress.   “For instance, immediately after the agreement with Singapore, I am going to let some other partners, for instance New Zealand, Australia know that we have this arrangement and we can use that as a basis for further discussion with them. And subject to a bilateral consensus, I think this process can be carried on.”
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