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FS paves way to green, digital future

A number of initiatives and measures aimed at accelerating high-quality development were announced in today’s 2024-25 Budget, with the Government emphasising a move towards a green future and digitalisation.   Explaining that high-quality development spurs ongoing economic innovation and growth whilst conserving the natural environment, Financial Secretary Paul Chan said Hong Kong must pursue opportunities through leveraging its advantages under “one country, two systems”, namely those of enjoying strong support at a national level and being closely connected to other parts of the world.   He stressed that green development involves huge business opportunities and financing needs, as governments and businesses around the world pursue carbon neutrality and green transformation. In addition, he said digitalisation has become a new driving force for economic development, empowering enterprises to enhance efficiency, boost their competitiveness and achieve new growth.   Introdu

CE launches HK's first smart prison

Chief Executive Carrie Lam, accompanied by Correctional Services Commissioner Woo Ying-ming, today officiated at the smart prison launching ceremony at Tai Tam Gap Correctional Institution.   It was a minimum security institution before renovation. The Correctional Services Department started renovation works in 2019 to convert it into the first smart prison in Hong Kong.   The institution will be used for the detention of non-refoulement claimants when it resumes operation.   The smart prison comprises four major systems: the Security & Monitoring System, the Operation & Management System, the Persons in Custody Self-management System and the Staff Capacity Enhancement System.     Speaking at the ceremony, Mrs Lam said the department has kept abreast of the times. The conversion project at the institution has provided valuable experience and laid a good foundation for the long-term development of smart prison projects in future.   The department said it will continue to actively explore and develop different technology projects, continuously adding smart elements to modernise facilities and adopting humanised management.
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