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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

Voting system briefings held

Secretary for Constitutional & Mainland Affairs Erick Tsang today chaired five virtual briefing sessions to introduce the background, principles and main contents of improving Hong Kong's electoral system to associations of Hong Kong residents in the Mainland as well as Hong Kong people doing business, working and studying there.   The virtual briefing sessions were arranged by Mainland offices of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government in Beijing, Guangdong, Shanghai, Chengdu and Wuhan.   Mr Tsang also exchanged views with the participants on the new electoral system and relevant arrangements.   He said the implementation of the improved electoral system will plug the loopholes in and eliminate the deficiencies of the existing system.   Mr Tsang added that constructing a political structure that reflects Hong Kong's actual situation, fully conforms to the constitutional order under the “one country, two systems” principle and manifests Hong Kong characteristics can thereby ensure “patriots administering Hong Kong” and enhance the governance efficacies of the Hong Kong SAR Government, thus achieving good governance, developing the economy, improving people's livelihood and resolving various deep-seated problems with a view to ensuring the continued success of the “one country, two systems” and maintaining Hong Kong's prosperity and stability.   The Hong Kong people living in the Mainland who took part in the virtual briefing sessions, fully supported the current work of improving the electoral system and said that they hoped for its expeditious completion to allow Hong Kong society to relaunch and scale new heights.   The virtual briefing session participants also expressed concerns over the composition of the new Representatives of associations of Hong Kong residents in the Mainland subsector of the Election Committee's fourth Sector under the new electoral system.   Mr Tsang explained that relevant details are being worked out in an expeditious manner for submission to the Legislative Council for scrutiny.   The subsector's composition by corporate electors will be decided based on three criteria, the representation and relevance of the association among the community and its adherence to the principle of “patriots administering Hong Kong”.   Mr Tsang had fruitful interactions and exchanges with the Hong Kong people in the Mainland during the virtual briefing sessions and answered their questions relating to the electoral system improvements.   Having joined these sessions, the participants said that they gained a deeper understanding on the relevant electoral arrangements, as well as the thoughts and goodwill of the country and Hong Kong SAR, and will give their full support to the work of improving the electoral system.   Mr Tsang appreciated that despite not being in Hong Kong, those living in the Mainland are very much connected to the city and hoped that they can make contributions to the country and Hong Kong.   The new Representatives of associations of Hong Kong residents in the Mainland subsector is therefore added to the Election Committee under the new electoral system.   Mr Tsang hoped that they would continue to support the work of improving the electoral system and contribute to the developments of the country and Hong Kong in the future.
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