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13 building plans approved in Nov

The Buildings Department approved 13 building plans in November - two on Hong Kong Island, six in Kowloon and five in the New Territories.   Of the approved plans, eight were for apartment and apartment-commercial developments, two for commercial developments, one for factory and industrial developments, and two for community services developments.   Consent was given for works to start on 11 building projects which will provide 210,471 sq m of gross floor area for domestic use involving 2,595 units and 83,060 sq m for non-domestic use.   Additionally, the department received notification of commencement of superstructure works for nine building projects.   The department also issued 16 occupation permits - three on Hong Kong Island, five in Kowloon and eight in the New Territories.   Buildings certified for occupation have 53,034 sq m of gross floor area for domestic use involving 1,355 units and 168,627 sq m for non-domestic use. http://dlvr.it/Sh3Dtw

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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