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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

Financial leaders meet

The Financial Leaders Forum, chaired by Financial Secretary Paul Chan, held its 16th meeting today.   Members were briefed by the Financial Services & the Treasury Bureau and financial regulators on the legislative proposals of introducing a fund re-domiciliation mechanism in Hong Kong.   They agreed that the proposals would help attract investment funds to set foot in Hong Kong, entrenching the city’s position as an international asset and wealth management centre.   During the meeting, the Securities & Futures Commission and the Hong Kong Exchanges & Clearing (HKEX) briefed members on the latest position of their study on a possible listing regime for special purpose acquisition companies in Hong Kong.   Members noted that the HKEX will consult the market on concrete proposals in the third quarter.   The bureau and financial regulators also briefed members on their work in examining how to further enhance Hong Kong's competitiveness as an international financial centre.   Additionally, members noted the latest progress and key legislative proposals to take forward the eMPF Platform project.   As a public utility and sophisticated infrastructure in the financial sector, the platform will allow room for fee reduction for the benefit of the Mandatory Provident Fund Scheme's members through enhanced operational efficiency and economies of scale.
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