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SMS sender scheme expanded

The Office of the Communications Authority (OFCA) announced today that the SMS Sender Registration Scheme is now open for application by all sectors to further help the public verify the identities of SMS senders, with a view to combatting SMS fraud.   Apart from further opening up the scheme, the OFCA said it welcomes public and private organisations from various industries with a practical need to communicate with customers or clients via SMS to join the scheme.   Under the scheme, only registered senders are able to send SMS messages using their registered SMS sender IDs with the prefix “#”. All other SMS messages with sender IDs containing “#” but not sent by registered senders will be blocked by the telecommunications networks.   As such, the public can easily identify whether an SMS message is received from a registered sender by the prefix “#” in the SMS sender ID.   The OFCA reminds citizens to stay highly vigilant when receiving SMS messages from unknown sender

HK ranked freest economy again

The Government today welcomed the Fraser Institute's ranking of Hong Kong as the world's freest economy, saying the decision affirms the city's long-standing and steadfast commitment to building a free economy with a level playing field.   Hong Kong has held the top rank since the inception of the Fraser Institute's report. Among the latest report's five areas of assessment, the city continued to rank first in “Freedom to Trade Internationally” and “Regulation”.   In relation to the institute's unfair comments regarding Hong Kong's rule of law, the enactment of the National Security Law and Mainland intervention in Hong Kong's affairs, the Government stressed that under “one country, two systems”, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region's trusted legal system remains as robust as ever.   The rule of law is a fundamental core value of Hong Kong and much cherished by the community. The Government has been fully committed to upholding Hong Kong's fine tradition of the rule of law and judicial independence.   The enactment of the National Security Law is for safeguarding national security, which is the legitimate right and duty of every state.   The National Security Law has clearly stipulated four categories of offences that endanger national security. It clearly sets out the elements of the offences, penalties, mitigation factors and other consequences. There is no question of law-abiding people inadvertently violating the law.   The Government noted it will continue to uphold Hong Kong's institutional strengths, including the rule of law and judicial independence, a free trade and investment regime, a simple and low tax system, a favourable business environment and an efficient and clean government.   “These strengths will continue to provide a conducive environment for businesses to thrive and to strengthen their competitiveness, enabling our economy to prosper,” it added.   As Hong Kong enjoys unique advantages and unlimited business opportunities, the Government has every confidence in its long-term economic development.
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