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The moment of truth for the Kwu Tung North and Fanling North Development (27/1/2019)

After resumption of the North East New Territories New Development Areas Planning and Engineering Study in 2008, the Government has spent over a decade in the planning, consultation and refinement of the project. The process involves going through various statutory procedures, patiently communicating with stakeholders, as well as making timely refinements of implementation details, including revisions to the compensation and rehousing (C&R) policies. We initiated the funding application procedures with the Legislative Council (LegCo) for the main works for the First Phase Development of the Kwu Tung North (KTN) and Fanling North (FLN) New Development Areas (NDAs) last week. Let me talk about some issues of concern in relation to the resumption and clearance of land here......

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Old halls of residence at HKU declared monuments (20/1/2019)

Last year, the Government announced that the exteriors of three historic buildings – Fung Ping Shan Building, Eliot Hall and May Hall – at The University of Hong Kong (HKU) as monuments. May Hall is my hall of residence when I studied in the university. This time, I have invited a colleague of Antiquities and Monuments Office (AMO) to return to this familiar place for a visit and introduce the architectural features and histories of these three historic buildings......

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New construction technology to create boundless possibilities (13/1/2019)

The Government has been encouraging the construction industry to proactively adopt innovation and technology to enhance productivity, built quality, site safety and environmental performance. The Construction Innovation and Technology Application Centre (CITAC) of the Construction Industry Council (CIC) earlier unveiled a new round of exhibition featuring a total of 40 innovation and technology exhibits, many of which are innovative mechanical inventions and adopt high-end construction technology. This time, accompanied by the Executive Director of the CIC, Mr CHENG Ting-ning, Albert, and a manager of the centre, I have invited the Under Secretary for Development, Mr LIU Chun-san, to visit the centre and introduce to you some exhibits in particular......

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Bar benders - Development of Hong Kong's bar bending trade (6/1/2019)

The construction industry is one of the major pillars of Hong Kong's economy with a large number of industry participants. Among the many trades, bar bending has a prominent position as it has witnessed our city’s urbanisation and grown together with Hong Kong. Because of its high requirements for skills and physical fitness, in addition to its high pay, the trade has attracted quite a number of young people to join in recent years. This time, to learn more about the professionalism and perseverance of bar benders, I have invited an instructor who teaches the bar bending course at the Hong Kong Institute of Construction (HKIC) and a practitioner who is a graduate to share with us why they join the industry and their work experiences......

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