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Govt to enhance securities trading

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

More eligible for JoyYou Card

The Government today announced that eligible people born in 1959 can apply for the JoyYou Card from tomorrow via the Octopus App mobile application or by posting application forms.   The JoyYou Card is a personalised Octopus Card tailor-made for the Government Public Transport Fare Concession Scheme for the Elderly & Eligible Persons with Disabilities ($2 Scheme).   It carries a personal photo and the holder's name for identification. Each eligible person will be issued with one card only.   The card will be sent to the applicant's Hong Kong postal address within four weeks upon receipt of the completed application.   The Government will subsidise the $20 fee for eligible people's first application.   For eligible people born in 1957 and 1958, a total of about 195,000 applications have been received so far, representing about 83% of the estimated local population born in the same years.   The Government will launch enhancement and anti-abuse measures of the $2 Scheme on February 27 next year, including lowering the eligible age from 65 to 60 to benefit more than 600,000 people aged 60 to 64. These beneficiaries will need to present their JoyYou Card to enjoy the fare concession.   Those aged 65 or above may continue to use their anonymous elder or personalised Octopus Cards to enjoy the $2 concessionary fare. Arrangements for them to apply for the JoyYou Cards will be announced in the first quarter of 2022.   Call 2266 2222 for enquiries.
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