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Streamlining the approval process of development proposals (2/6/2019)

At present, every private development project is subject to regulation by certain development control parameters imposed by the Planning Department (PlanD), the Lands Department (LandsD) and the Buildings Department (BD). Given the different objectives and loci of the control regimes and their evolution over time, the approval process of development projects has eventually become complicated. The Chief Executive announced in her Policy Address in 2017 that a steering group would be set up under the Development Bureau (DEVB) to explore how best to consolidate and rationalise the standards and definitions adopted by different departments in scrutinizing development projects such that the approval process can be streamlined. The first batch of streamlining arrangements came into force officially in mid-May this year. In order to let the industry gain a better understanding of the relevant technical details, an industry seminar was conducted earlier and the response was encouraging......

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Hong Kong Garden at International Horticultural Exhibition showcases the unique charm of our city (26/5/2019)

The opening ceremony of the 2019 Beijing International Horticultural Exhibition (the Expo) was held in Yanqing, Beijing recently, with the participation of as many as 110 countries and international organisations. China’s 31 provincial-level cities, as well as Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan have also set up their exhibition zones. This time, I have invited two colleagues from the Architectural Services Department (ArchSD) who are responsible for the planning, design and construction of the Hong Kong Garden to introduce us the design concept and architectural features......

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Heung Yuen Wai Highway opens on May 26 (19/5/2019)

The Liantang/Heung Yuen Wai Boundary Control Point (BCP), currently under construction, is the seventh land-based control point (Note) on the Hong Kong-Shenzhen boundary. Besides the BCP buildings, Hong Kong and Shenzhen have each constructed their own connecting road to link the new BCP with their road network. The connecting road on the Hong Kong side named Heung Yuen Wai Highway, undertaken by the Civil Engineering and Development Department (CEDD), will be opened to the public on May 26. This time, I have invited three CEDD colleagues to talk about the details of the Heung Yuen Wai Highway as well as the challenges during the course of construction……

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Mother’s Day Series (2): Senior Engineer Ms LAM Sze-mei, Janet, of the Electrical and Mechanical Services Department (12/5/2019)

Today is Mother’s Day. First of all, I would like to wish all great mothers a Happy Mother’s Day! Last week, I shared with you the story of a Geotechnical Engineer. This week, I would like to introduce another colleague and a good mother, Ms LAM Sze-mei, Janet. As a Senior Electrical and Mechanical Engineer of the Electrical and Mechanical Services Department (EMSD), she is responsible for leading more than 200 colleagues of Hong Kong Island to carry out maintenance and repair of electrical and mechanical (E&M) facilities in government buildings. She also performs standby duty around the clock to handle emergency incidents. She is going to share with us her daily work and her own feelings as a working mum......

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Mother’s Day Series (1): Geotechnical Engineer Ms TING Sui-man (5/5/2019)

As it is Mother’s Day next Sunday, this week and the next I would like to introduce to you two colleagues who are also good mothers. At work, they have to be ready anytime to handle whatever emergencies come their way. They are just as good as men. Family-wise, they spend all their time after work with their children, taking good care of them. Here, let’s show our support for all working mothers......

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