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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

Business fund upgraded

The Trade & Industry Department today announced enhancement measures for the Dedicated Fund on Branding, Upgrading & Domestic Sales (BUD Fund) in support of enterprises’ business development to be rolled out in three phases from tomorrow.   The BUD Fund’s geographical scope will be broadened progressively from 20 economies with which Hong Kong has signed Free Trade Agreements to 37 economies with which Hong Kong has signed Free Trade Agreements and/or Investment Promotion & Protection Agreements.   In the first phase starting tomorrow, the BUD Fund will additionally cover Japan and Korea, and the cumulative funding ceiling per enterprise will be increased from $4 million to $6 million.   The department noted that the enhancements will further help enterprises develop more diversified markets by utilising the better investment protection under the Investment Promotion & Protection Agreements. More funding support will also be provided for enterprises to capture the business opportunities brought about by the country’s dual circulation development strategy.   Call the fund's secretariat at 2788 6088 for enquiries.
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