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Electrical and Mechanical Services Department and innovation and technology enterprises to fight the virus together (15/3/2020)

The Electrical and Mechanical Services Department (EMSD) set up the E&M InnoPortal in 2018 to match the service needs of government departments and public organisations with local start-ups’ deliverables, as well as providing suitable venues to field-test projects and validate their effectiveness and performance. Facing the challenges brought by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak, the EMSD has particularly launched an anti-epidemic thematic page on the platform to liaise with innovation and technology (I&T) enterprises for the development of new technology projects on fighting and curbing of the epidemic. This time, I have invited the Director of Electrical and Mechanical Services (DEMS), Mr SIT Wing-hang, Alfred, to introduce two I&T solutions to facilitate our understanding of the department’s efforts in fighting the virus together with the I&T sector......

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Completion of restoration works for Duddell Street Steps and Gas Lamps (8/3/2020)

Many of us may still remember, during the onslaught of super typhoon Mangkhut on Hong Kong in September 2018, a large wall-growing tree at Duddell Street in Central collapsed and damaged the adjacent declared monument over a century old – the Duddell Street Steps and Gas Lamps. After more than a year of hard work by the Antiquities and Monuments Office (AMO) of the Development Bureau (DEVB), together with the Highways Department and Towngas, the steps have now been restored to their previous appearance and the gas lamps have been relit. This time, I have invited my colleagues from the AMO to talk about the restoration process and challenges involved......

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Enhancing the management of works projects to promote the continuous development of the construction industry (1/3/2020)

As mentioned in the latest Budget, the Government continues to invest in infrastructure projects. In the coming years, the annual capital works investment will reach $100 billion on average. The increasing construction volume has brought opportunities and challenges to the construction industry. All along, the Development Bureau (DEVB) has led the industry to implement Construction 2.0 for promoting its sustainable development by advocating innovation, professionalism and revitalisation. Among the initiatives, the Centre of Excellence for Major Project Leaders (CoE), established in July last year, is to equip public officers with leadership skills for the delivery of public works projects. We are also actively promoting the digitisation of the works supervision system to enhance the standard and efficiency of works supervision. This time, I have invited Principal Government Engineer, Mr KWONG Ka-sing, John, of the DEVB to talk about the work of the Government in enhancing the management of works projects......

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Anti-epidemic Fund to support the construction industry (23/2/2020)

Many industries in Hong Kong have been affected by the novel coronavirus epidemic, and the construction industry is no exception. The Government has announced the establishment of the Anti-epidemic Fund to enhance the city’s capability in combating the epidemic and to provide assistance to sectors or industries and their employees who are hard hit by the epidemic. The Fund has set aside $710 million to support the construction industry by providing it with extra resources to enhance anti-epidemic measures in construction sites and offices, and to enhance personal protective measures among workers. The subsidy will be disbursed through the Construction Industry Council (CIC) and the application process will be made as simple as possible, to ensure fast and accurate disbursement to enterprises and in-service construction workers......

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Ensuring drinking water safety in Hong Kong (16/2/2020)

Water is an essential element of our daily life. To ensure that it is clean and wholesome, all raw water in Hong Kong undergoes rigorous treatment and disinfection processes at the water treatment works of the Water Supplies Department (WSD) before being supplied for public consumption. This time, I have particularly invited the Chief Waterworks Chemist of the WSD, Mr KWOK Yau-ting, Kelvin, to talk about the water treatment processes, and explain how water treatment works secure water safety and shoulder the responsibilities to provide a safe and reliable water supply......

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