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Smart city digital infrastructure (10/3/2019)

A sound and comprehensive infrastructure, such as roads, bridges, communication facilities is critical to the establishment of an efficient and liveable city. Likewise, quality digital infrastructure is essential for Hong Kong’s smart city development. The Financial Secretary has announced in the 2019-20 Budget that the Government will earmark $300 million to expedite the development of the Common Spatial Data Infrastructure (CSDI) for consolidation, exchange, sharing and innovative application of geospatial data and make available the high-quality three-dimensional (3D) digital maps of the whole territory in phases. Here, I have invited Mr CHAN Chung-ching, Thomas, Director of Lands, to introduce the Lands Department’s (LandsD’s) work on these two fronts and the way forward......

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Magistracy turned into the HKFYG Leadership Institute (3/3/2019)

Previously, I took you to visit a number of the revitalised historic building projects. Recently, a facelift has been given to yet another former magistracy. The Former Fanling Magistracy is one of the projects under Batch III of the Revitalising Historic Buildings Through Partnership Scheme (Revitalisation Scheme) of the Development Bureau. With the restoration completed at the end of last year, the building has been transformed into the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups (HKFYG) Leadership Institute, due to officially open at the end of March. Earlier, I visited the North District and made a tour of the facilities of the institute. There, two youth cultural ambassadors doubling as docents took us through various areas to see how a solemn court building has morphed into a youth centre......

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Striving for Multi-pronged Land Supply (24/2/2019)

On 31 December, 2018, the Task Force on Land Supply (Task Force) submitted its report to the Government. Once again I would like to express my wholehearted thanks to the Task Force for its effort on increasing land supply and forging consensus in the community over the past year and a half. In particular, the five-month public engagement exercise conducted under an all-embracing, cross-sectoral and multi-channel approach has heightened public awareness of issues of land resources and effectively engaged the public in discussions on and prioritisation of different land supply options. The Government decided to give full acceptance to the Task Force’s recommendations on land supply strategy and eight land supply options worthy of priority studies and implementation after detailed examination of the report......

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Director of Drainage Services, Mr TONG Ka-hung, Edwin, to retire (17/2/2019)

The Director of Drainage Services, Mr TONG Ka-hung, Edwin, will retire this month. Looking back, despite having served in various policy bureaux and departments in his 37 years of government service, Edwin says that his most memorable and satisfying work experiences all come from the Drainage Services Department (DSD). This time, I have invited him to share with us how he feels about his imminent retirement and talk about people and works projects that he still has vivid memories of, and give us a glimpse of the future priority work of the DSD......

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“Property Alert” service of the Land Registry (10/2/2019)

To many people, buying a property is probably the most important investment in life. To help flat owners safeguard their property interests, the Land Registry (LR) has recently launched the “Property Alert” service. This enhanced e-Alert Service provides a simple way to let property owners stay vigilant of what is happening to their properties. Today, I have invited the Land Registrar, Ms Doris CHEUNG Mei-chu, to give us a brief introduction to this service......

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