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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

Mar exports value up 26.4%

The value of Hong Kong’s total exports increased to $409.1 billion in March, up 26.4% on the same month last year, the Census & Statistics Department announced today.   The value of imports of goods increased 21.7% to $436.1 billion for the same period.   A trade deficit of $27 billion, or 6.2% of the value of imports, was recorded for the month.   Comparing the first quarter this year with the preceding quarter on a seasonally adjusted basis, the value of exports rose 19.4%, while that of imports increased 13.8%.   The value of exports continued to have strong growth on a year-on-year basis in March on the back of a sharp rebound in global demand. Exports to many major markets, notably the Mainland, registered visible increases, the Government said.   For the first quarter as a whole, total merchandise trade value surpassed the previous first-quarter high in 2018 by 13.2%, it added.
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