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Apr exports value up 1.1%

The value of Hong Kong’s total goods exports increased to $389 billion in April, up 1.1% compared with the same month last year, the Census & Statistics Department announced today.   The value of imports of goods rose 2.1% to $425.6 billion for the same period.   A trade deficit of $36.6 billion, or 8.6% of the value of imports, was recorded for the month.   Comparing the three-month period ending April with the preceding three months on a seasonally adjusted basis, the value of total exports decreased 12% while that of imports fell 11.7%.   The Government said epidemic-induced transportation disruptions, though easing somewhat in the latter part of the month, continued to constrain export performance.   It pointed out that exports to the Mainland fell while those to the US and the European Union posted visible growth.   Looking ahead, the global economic outlook has worsened amid rampant inflation in some major economies and monetary policy tightening by respective cen
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Jab pass plan to expand

The vaccine pass arrangement will be implemented in designated healthcare premises under the Food & Health Bureau, the Department of Health and the Hospital Authority (HA) starting June 13, the Government announced today.   The vaccine pass arrangement is applicable to the 13 types of designated healthcare premises primarily providing non-emergency or non-urgent medical services through appointments, such as HA specialist out-patient clinics, and government dental clinics and orthodontic clinics.   Service users and visitors at designated healthcare premises must present upon request their vaccination record, including recovery record, medical exemption certificate, or the negative result proof of a nucleic acid test that is only applicable to service users for staff members' checking. There is no need to scan the vaccine pass QR code.   Service users and visitors who enter the designated healthcare premises for collecting RAT kits, undergoing COVID-19 testing or receivin

BUSINESS GOVirtual Expo & Conference 2022

BUSINESS GOVirtual Expo & Conference (BUSINESS GOVirtual), the Hong Kong's first physical B2B "Tech x Business" event in the post-pandemic period, gathers leading IT companies and solutions providers under one roof to demonstrate their latest technologies. It is also the platform where showcases the key technological advancements for social and business engagement in the new digital era. The development of the Greater Bay Area is accorded the status of critical strategic planning in the Chinese government's blueprint, with great significance in China's initiative on innovation-driven development. Strategically held in Hong Kong, the international innovation and technology hub, BUSINESS GOVirtual serves as a communication platform for tech companies to exchange ideas, collaborate and foster partnerships. On top of the physical event, the brand new "GOVirtual OMNI," an online platform for the Expo and Conference, welcomes regional exhibitors and visito

Patrick Nip thanks HKU jab team

Secretary for the Civil Service Patrick Nip today visited the community vaccination centre (CVC) at University of Hong Kong (HKU) Loke Yew Hall to inspect its operation and thanked the medical team and administrative support staff.   The CVC at HKU began serving the public on February 23 and May 22 will be its last day of service.   Mr Nip said back in February that the situation of the fifth wave of the epidemic was severe, with a strong demand for vaccination.   He added that the Civil Service Bureau was working at full throttle, setting up more vaccination venues and boosting the vaccination rate to enable more people to have the protection conferred by the vaccines in a short period of time.   With the support of the medical team organised by HKU and the joint efforts of Prof Yuen Kwok-yung, Prof Ivan Hung and the medical staff, the Government has for the first time set up a vaccination centre on a university campus serving all members of the public in Hong Kong.   The va

Govt to ease social distancing rules

The Government today announced a further relaxation of social distancing measures with a view to relaunching social and economic activities in an orderly manner.   In a press release, the Government explained that following the first stage of relaxation since April 21, the COVID-19 epidemic situation in Hong Kong has remained under control.   As the number of daily new cases has been on a continuous downward trend without a salient sign of rebound, coupled with the fact that Vaccine Pass requirements have been put in place since April 30, it considered that Hong Kong is ready to implement the second stage of relaxation in social distancing measures from May 19 as scheduled, and suitably advance the easing of certain measures from May 5.   Starting on May 5, three social distancing measures will be eased. First, the maximum number of people per table in catering premises will be increased from four to eight.   Second, swimming pools will be reopened, but users must wear masks at

S1 allocations to be released

Parents of Primary 6 students participating in the 2022 Secondary School Places Allocation System will receive notifications on May 4 if their applications have been successful, the Education Bureau said today.   Parents do not need to reply to schools to say whether they accept the discretionary place offers or not.   Parents who have also successfully applied for a school place in a non-participating Direct Subsidy Scheme (NDSS) secondary school for their children should decide whether to retain the offer from the school.   If they decide to retain the offer from an NDSS secondary school, they should disregard the notifications from the participating secondary schools.   However, if parents decide to decline the offer they should notify the NDSS secondary school and retrieve the originals of the signed undertaking as well as the Primary 6 Student Record Form by May 12, in order to retain the school place successfully applied for in the discretionary place stage.   Students

CE-elect's office established

The Government announced today that the Office of the Chief Executive-elect has been set up to ensure a smooth transition to the new term of government following the 2022 Chief Executive Election this Sunday.   Former Director of Administration Daniel Cheng has assumed the post of Secretary-General (designate) of the office.   The office will support the Chief Executive-elect in forming a governing team and preparing for policy plans based on the Chief Executive-elect’s manifesto.   It will also collaborate with the incumbent Government for a smooth transition, including making arrangements for major events relating to the celebration of the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to the motherland, and liaise with different sectors of the community.   Housed on the 26th floor of the Immigration Tower in Wan Chai, the office will have five directorate posts and over 20 non-directorate places. It will formally operate from the day the sixth-term CE is elected and will close by Ju