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Rural voter registration opens

The voter registration campaign for the 2021 Rural Representative Election opened today.   Those eligible should sign up by July 16, the Home Affairs Department said.   There are three types of rural representatives - Indigenous Inhabitant Representatives, Resident Representatives and Kaifong Representatives.   Indigenous Inhabitant Representatives are returned by indigenous inhabitants, their spouses or surviving spouses of an indigenous or composite indigenous village.   They reflect indigenous inhabitants’ views on village affairs, and deal with affairs relating to indigenous inhabitants’ lawful traditional rights and interests and the traditional way of life.   Resident Representatives are returned by both indigenous and non-indigenous inhabitants living in an existing village. They reflect views on village affairs on behalf of the residents.   Kaifong Representatives, returned by Cheung Chau or Peng Chau residents, reflect residents’ views on the two market towns’ affa

Alfred Sit holds I&T briefings

Secretary for Innovation & Technology Alfred Sit held engagement sessions with Hong Kong deputies to the National People's Congress (NPC) and Hong Kong members of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) on February 22 and 23.   The sessions were conducted in a virtual format to brief them on Hong Kong's latest innovation and technology developments before they attend the NPC and CPPCC meetings in Beijing next month.   Mr Sit expressed gratitude to the Hong Kong NPC deputies and the Hong Kong CPPCC members for their attention to the city's innovation and technology development and he hoped they can render support for the Government's work in this aspect.   Hong Kong will continue to leverage its strengths to serve the country's needs and actively participate in the nation's development, particularly in the development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, he said.   "With the plentiful development potential in the Greater Bay Area, grasping the development opportunities in the Area is the top priority of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government.”   The Government has been heavily investing and driving innovation and technology development along eight major areas with the staunch support of the country since the establishment of the Innovation & Technology Bureau.   The efforts are gradually delivering results and the overall innovation and technology ecosystem in Hong Kong has been significantly improved, with the number of local startups increasing from around 1,100 in 2014 to over 3,300 in 2020.
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