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Drivers given online option for permits

Members of the public can now apply for an International Driving Permit (IDP) through an online service launched today by the Transport Department.   Users of “iAM Smart+” or eligible applicants holding a valid personal digital certificate may apply online via the GovHK website and receive their IDP by post, without the need to visit a licensing office in person.   If the submitted documents and photograph are in order, the department will normally send successful applicants their IDP by registered post within 10 working days of the online application being made.   The department reminded those who plan to drive outside of Hong Kong to allow sufficient time for the IDP applications to be processed.   Citizens may continue to submit IDP applications by visiting licensing offices in person. Appointments can be booked online or by calling 3763 8080 to save queuing time.   Drivers may also send in their IDP applications by post or via the drop-in boxes placed at licensi

Trading fund marks jubilee

Chief Secretary John Lee today officiated at a ceremony to commemorate the Electrical & Mechanical Services Trading Fund's 25th anniversary.   The ceremony was held at the Electrical & Mechanical Services Department Headquarters under the theme of “Co-innovate & Co-create Our Future”.   Addressing the occasion, Mr Lee said the trading fund has always been a role model for the industry and the Government’s innovation facilitator.   He pointed out that the fund’s financial performance over the past 25 years has been satisfactory, and there has been a steady growth of business. Overall revenue in the 2020-21 financial year increased significantly by more than threefold compared to earlier years.   Mr Lee added that he expected the trading fund to maintain the spirit of serving the public as the top priority and utilise innovation and technology (I&T) applications to help integrate Hong Kong into the national development.   The Chief Secretary also hoped the fund would strengthen collaboration with cities in the Greater Bay Area in electrical and mechanical (E&M) training and I&T to open up more development opportunities for younger generations.   Along with other guests, Mr Lee launched the Global AI Challenge for Building E&M Facilities, an event jointly organised by the department and the Guangdong Provincial Association for Science & Technology to promote the application of semantic artificial intelligence in existing E&M systems of buildings.   The guests also officiated at the opening of the new E&M InnoFoyer on the ground floor of the department’s headquarters.
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