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Birth, death registrations go online

The Immigration Department will launch new electronic services tomorrow for eligible applicants to complete the entire process of birth or death registrations online, without having to visit a registry in person.   According to the Births & Deaths Registration (Amendment) Ordinance 2023, which will take effect tomorrow, the statutory time limit for the registration of deaths from natural causes is extended from 24 hours to 14 days.   It also removes the requirement for applicants who need to register births or deaths to attend the registries in person, so as to provide a legal basis for the introduction of electronic services for these kinds of registration.   Under the new electronic services, if either parent of a newborn baby is a Hong Kong permanent resident, the parents may submit an application for a birth registration online within 42 days after the birth of their legitimate child.   They may apply for a birth certificate at the same time and choose to receive it by
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Health chief meets GD delegation

Secretary for Health Prof Lo Chung-mau met a delegation led by Guangdong Provincial Medical Products Administration (GDMPA) General Director Jiang Xiaodong today, with both sides agreeing to further deepen collaboration in relevant areas.    Prof Lo said the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government expressed its sincere gratitude to the GDMPA for its staunch support for Hong Kong in the past, including the implementation of the initiatives of, among others, the measure of using Hong Kong registered drugs and medical devices used in Hong Kong public hospitals in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area and streamlining of the approval procedures for Hong Kong registered traditional proprietary Chinese medicines (pCms) for external use to be registered and sold in the Mainland.   The Government and the GDMPA agreed at the meeting to further deepen collaboration on the regulation of Chinese medicines (CM), the formulation of Greater Bay Area Chinese medicine standards,

HK hosts wealth summit

The Wealth for Good in Hong Kong Summit was held at the Hong Kong Palace Museum today, attended by over 100 key decision makers from global family offices and their professional teams from all over the world.   It featured panel discussions on family office sharing, wealth for tech, for philanthropy, for green as well as for art.   Speaking at the summit’s principal dinner, Chief Executive John Lee highlighted that Hong Kong's financial and banking sector is very healthy, with abundant liquidity levels.   “We are built to handle today's, and tomorrow's, market pressures. Built to reassure you and your future in Hong Kong.   “That resounding reassurance is built, ladies and gentlemen, on the unique ‘one country, two systems’ principle, implemented successfully in Hong Kong since 1997.”   Mr Lee also pointed out that the Policy Statement on Developing Family Office Businesses in Hong Kong issued today, was wide-ranging.   “It covers everything from tax concessions

23 building plans approved in Jan

The Buildings Department approved 23 building plans in January - four on Hong Kong Island, 10 in Kowloon and nine in the New Territories.   Of the approved plans, 15 were for apartment and apartment-commercial developments, five were for commercial developments, two were for factory and industrial developments and one was for a community services development.   Consent was given for works to start on nine building projects which will provide 117,013 sq m of gross floor area for domestic use involving 2,755 units and 144,989 sq m for non-domestic use.   Additionally, the department received notification of commencement of superstructure works for five building projects.   The department also issued 17 occupation permits - six on Hong Kong Island, three in Kowloon and eight in the New Territories.   Buildings certified for occupation have 152,580 sq m of gross floor area for domestic use involving 3,178 units and 35,955 sq m for non-domestic use.

Algernon Yau to visit bay area cities

Secretary for Commerce & Economic Development Algernon Yau will join a delegation this afternoon to visit Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhuhai and Dongguan, the Government announced.   Organised by the Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, the aim of the trip is to help delegates keep abreast of the latest development of the Greater Bay Area for better integration into the nation’s overall development.   Mr Yau will return to Hong Kong on March 23. During his absence, Under Secretary for Commerce & Economic Development Bernard Chan will be Acting Secretary.

Chief Justice to visit Guangdong

Chief Justice Andrew Cheung will lead a Judiciary delegation to visit Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Zhuhai for three days starting tomorrow, the Judiciary announced today.   The delegation will meet Supreme People’s Court Vice-president Yang Wanming, visit court facilities, attend forums and have professional exchanges with Mainland judges and judicial staff on court operation matters and other judicial issues.    The Judiciary explained that this visit forms part of the ongoing exchanges between the Judiciary and the Mainland courts.   The delegation will return to Hong Kong on March 22. During Mr Cheung’s absence, Permanent Judge of the Court of Final Appeal Roberto Alexandre Vieira Ribeiro will be Acting Chief Justice.

HK supports new work office

Chief Executive John Lee today expressed resolute support to the central authorities’ plan to form a Hong Kong and Macau work office of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC).   The work office’s formation is pursuant to a plan on reforming the Party and state institutions, released today by the CPC Central Committee and the State Council.   Rendering his support on behalf of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Mr Lee thanked the central authorities for their deepest care for Hong Kong people, and for the great importance they attach to implementing “one country, two systems”.       The CPC Central Committee's Hong Kong and Macau work office will be responsible for the investigation, research, co-ordination and supervision of upholding the principle of “one country, two systems”.   It will exercise the central authorities’ overall jurisdiction over the Hong Kong SAR, governing Hong Kong and Macau in accordance with the law, safeguarding nationa