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Bay area exam creates opportunities

I am delighted to learn that the inaugural Greater Bay Area Legal Professional Examination was held successfully in Hong Kong today. I am truly grateful to the Ministry of Justice for its policy on implementing the Greater Area Bay exam and related training, and its dedicated efforts all along.   The bay area exam, originally scheduled to be held earlier this year, was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The ministry then decided to set up new examination venues in Hong Kong in addition to those in Shenzhen and Zhuhai, and signed a memorandum of understanding with the Department of Justice for the department to co-ordinate with the Hong Kong Examinations & Assessment Authority to handle examination-related work. Such arrangement has brought great convenience to Hong Kong candidates.   Thanks to the ministry’s staunch support all along, the bay area exam was set up in response to the suggestions and aspirations of the Hong Kong legal sector. It will no doubt provide an exten

Civil servant requirement clear

Secretary for the Civil Service Patrick Nip today said the requirement for civil servants is set out in the Basic Law and the laws of Hong Kong.   Speaking to the media after attending a radio programme, Mr Nip said the Government has made clear its new policy and arrangements regarding the British National (Overseas) (BN(O)) passport which will not be recognised as a valid travel document and proof of identity in Hong Kong.   “As regards civil servants holding a foreign passport or all that, we just follow what it is set out in the Basic Law and the Hong Kong laws.   “Basically, the requirement is that they have to be Hong Kong permanent residents.”
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