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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

Vaccinated helpers can come to HK

Starting August 30, foreign domestic helpers who were fully vaccinated in Indonesia or the Philippines may come to work in Hong Kong from Group A specified places, the Government announced today.   The Government said it has concluded bilateral vaccination record recognition agreements with the two countries’ governments.    All helpers who were fully vaccinated in the two countries must present a vaccination record that has been affirmed by the relevant authorities of Indonesia and the Philippines and undergo compulsory quarantine in a designated quarantine facility after arriving.   When boarding for a flight to Hong Kong, these helpers must present a recognised vaccination record issued by the Indonesian or Philippine authorities. Records in other formats will not be accepted.   They must also present a valid employment visa issued by the Hong Kong Immigration Department.   Other necessary documents include a negative result proof of a polymerase chain reaction-based nucleic acid test for COVID-19 with the specimen collected within 72 hours before the flight’s scheduled departure time, and confirmation of a room reservation at a designated quarantine facility at least 21 nights starting from the arrival day.   One hotel with 409 rooms has been set up as a designated quarantine facility at this stage for these helpers. Reservation can be made from August 27.   The Government reminds employers and employment agencies that they should not book tickets for their helpers until they have successfully reserved rooms in the designated quarantine facility.   It also suggests that employers confirm the authenticity of their helpers’ vaccination records before booking airline tickets and rooms at the designated quarantine facility.       Enquiries can be made to the Labour Department hotline 2717 1771 or via email.
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