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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

SJ meets legal sector

Secretary for Justice Teresa Cheng today met members from the legal and dispute resolution sector to listen to their views on how the industry should maximise the opportunities brought about by the Qianhai Plan. The meeting also covered the opportunities made available by the National 14th Five-Year Plan and the Greater Bay Area development.    Ms Cheng pointed out that the outline of the National 14th Five-Year Plan supports Hong Kong to establish itself as the centre for international legal and dispute resolution services in the Asia-Pacific region.   Meanwhile, the Plan for Comprehensive Deepening Reform & Opening Up of the Qianhai Shenzhen-Hong Kong Modern Service Industry Cooperation Zone, promulgated earlier this month, clearly states a higher level of opening up in legal matters in the zone.   It also mentioned the establishment of an international legal services centre and an international commercial dispute resolution centre.   Ms Cheng noted that as the only common law jurisdiction within the country, Hong Kong shall utilise the unique advantages under “one country, two systems and three jurisdictions” in the bay area, adding that with the central government's support, Hong Kong’s legal and dispute resolution sector has very promising prospects.   The justice chief said the Report on Hong Kong’s Business Environments published by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government reiterates Hong Kong’s institutional strengths under “one country, two systems”, with other inherent strengths remaining intact.   Such strengths include the solid foundation of the rule of law and judicial independence guaranteed by the Basic Law, which provide a safe and vibrant business environment to attract more investments in Hong Kong, and into the Mainland via the city.   The Department of Justice will continue to maintain close contact with the stakeholders to bring out Hong Kong’s best to integrate with the country’s needs and to create synergy with the nation’s development.
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