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Chan Kwok-ki, Algernon Yau in quarantine

​Director of Chief Executive’s Office Chan Kwok-ki and Secretary for Commerce & Economic Development (designate) Algernon Yau are undergoing quarantine in accordance with the Centre for Health Protection’s guidelines, the Government said today.   They were identified as close contacts after an assessment by the centre, as Mr Chan’s wife and a friend of Mr Yau had tested preliminary positive for COVID-19.    Both men have regularly conducted COVID-19 rapid antigen tests and the results have been negative. They also tested negative after conducting a COVID-19 rapid antigen test today. http://dlvr.it/SSZsfs

HK to prosper from Qianhai plan

(To watch the full media session with sign language interpretation, click here.)   The central government’s plan to expand Qianhai will further extend the business opportunities of Hong Kong’s professional services sector there, Chief Executive Carrie Lam said today.   Mrs Lam made the remarks ahead of an Executive Council meeting as she was speaking to reporters concerning yesterday's unveiling of the Plan for Comprehensive Deepening Reform & Opening Up of the Qianhai Shenzhen-Hong Kong Modern Service Industry Co-operation Zone.   The plan includes an eightfold expansion of the co-operation zone which was established in 2010. The Chief Executive noted that more than 11,500 Hong Kong enterprises have established a foothold in Qianhai since its inception.   “There is a lot of investment from Hong Kong. There are youth entrepreneurship projects in Qianhai. And more recently, through special policies, Qianhai has opened up more professional services for Hong Kong people - whether it is in the construction, engineering, town planning, architecture, legal and other (sectors).   “So with this expansion of Qianhai from less than 15 sq km to over 120 sq km, it will, of course, give us a much greater hinterland that we will continue to provide our professional services in many years to come.”   Mrs Lam added that it stands to reason that such an expansion will result in a major boost to Hong Kong’s status as a financial hub.   “If Hong Kong prospers with an international financial centre and all these commercial developments on both sides of the Victoria Harbour, you could imagine how many opportunities it will bring to Hong Kong’s various sectors and professionals.”
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