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It is a pleasure to be here with you today, especially after an accident that has reminded me of the importance of staying vigilant even in relatively peaceful times. Continuously enhancing competitiveness despite good business is also a theme I wish to harp on in today's speech.   Some of you may recall that I last spoke to you in November 2018. That was into the second year of my tenure, witnessing the celebration of the 40th anniversary of our nation's reform and opening up, and the consecutive opening of two major pieces of cross-boundary transport infrastructure - the Hong Kong section of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link and the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge. All seemed bright and well. And then we all have some frightening memories of what Hong Kong had gone through in the following two years. Few would disagree that it has been a very challenging period for Hong Kong, particularly with the riots in the latter half of 2019 during which some banks were

CE launches Policy Address sessions

Chief Executive Carrie Lam today held the first consultation session on the 2021 Policy Address to listen to stakeholders’ views on the upcoming address in respect of health technology.   More than 30 stakeholders attended the session, including a legislator, a university president and scientists, and representatives from a medicine faculty, scientific research institutions, private hospitals and venture capital funds.   There were also stakeholders from the Hospital Authority, the Hong Kong Science & Technology Parks Corporation and Hong Kong Exchanges & Clearing.   Mrs Lam said after the two-hour consultation session that she had held very meaningful exchanges of views with the stakeholders.   She pointed out that the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government has all along been pressing ahead with the development of innovation and technology (I&T) in the city, with innovative healthcare and health technology being one of the focus areas.   Mrs Lam noted that the COVID-19 anti-epidemic work has highlighted the importance of I&T application and that health technology should be widely used in society to meet the various challenges arising from the ageing population.   She added that Hong Kong has good prospects in developing health technology and exploring the immense business opportunities.   The Chief Executive thanked the stakeholders for their participation and views, adding that she would consider in full their opinions when formulating the Policy Address.   The session was also attended by Secretary for Innovation & Technology Alfred Sit, Secretary for Food & Health Prof Sophia Chan, Secretary for Financial Services & the Treasury Christopher Hui, and other officials.   Mrs Lam will hold some 30 consultation sessions in the coming two months via face-to-face or video conferencing.    She will also meet specific groups and representatives as well as members of the public to listen to their views on various topics.
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