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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

Policy Address measures highlighted

Secretary for Commerce & Economic Development Edward Yau today briefed members of the Trade & Industry Advisory Board on initiatives related to commerce and trade in the 2021 Policy Address.   Mr Yau said the Policy Address focuses on integration into national development and states that the developments of Hong Kong and the nation are closely related.   While the nation is the major growth engine and driving force for the global economy, the 14th Five-Year Plan, the Outline Development Plan for the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, the Qianhai plan, the economic development pattern of not only greater domestic circulation but also domestic and international dual circulation, as well as the Belt & Road Initiative have brought unlimited opportunities for enterprises and professional services providers in Hong Kong.   The city must seize these opportunities and leverage its advantages, Mr Yau noted.   During the meeting, the commerce chief stressed that Hong Kong would continue to be a staunch supporter of free trade and strive to explore more trade opportunities for businesses.   It aims to achieve the goal by participating actively in the affairs of the World Trade Organization and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, seeking early accession to the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, setting up more overseas economic and trade offices and seeking more liberalisation measures for Hong Kong enterprises under the framework of the Mainland & Hong Kong Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement.   He added that Hong Kong would also work with Mainland organisations to attract foreign investment, promote multilateral co-operation along the Belt & Road and open overseas markets under the national strategy of dual circulation.   Mr Yau also highlighted the support measures for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the Policy Address.   The Hong Kong Export Credit Insurance Corporation will launch the Export Credit Guarantee Scheme on a pilot basis early next year and offer a more flexible indemnity ratio to enhance insurance coverage and expedite credit limit approvals, so that SMEs will be in a better position to secure orders and market share.   Moreover, an additional $35 billion of financial commitment for the SME Financing Guarantee Scheme has been approved to extend the application period of the Special 100% Guarantee Product from the end of this year to June 30 next year.   This will help enterprises affected by the epidemic to obtain commercial financing and resolve the liquidity problem, Mr Yau said.   On the convention and exhibition industry, the Government has extended the validity period of the Convention & Exhibition Industry Subsidy Scheme for six months to the end of 2022 and will expand relevant facilities in the long run.   Funds have also been allocated under the scheme to provide a one-off immediate relief to eligible private exhibition organisers, he added.
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