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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

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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