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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

101 civil servants lauded

Secretary for the Civil Service Patrick Nip today commended 101 civil servants for their outstanding work performance.   Chief Executive Carrie Lam also attended the ceremony to extend her congratulations to the recipients.   Addressing the Secretary for the Civil Service’s Commendation Award Presentation Ceremony 2021, Mr Nip said Hong Kong has encountered the double blows of the disturbances and riots arising from the legislative exercise of the Fugitive Offenders Bill as well as the COVID-19 epidemic over the past two years.   During this period, a great majority of civil service colleagues, be they disciplined services officers or civilian officers, have made tremendous efforts and contributions to support and assist the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government in coping with these unprecedented challenges, and they truly deserved commendations.   He stressed that in serving the public, civil servants should move ahead with the times, act proactively and be innovative, so as to act in accordance with the Hong Kong SAR Government in the administration of Hong Kong, and deliver the mission of contributing to the country.   In addition to pointing out that December 19 is the polling date of the Legislative Council election under the improved electoral system, Mr Nip took the opportunity to appeal to civil servants to vote and elect their representatives in LegCo.   The awardees came from 40 bureaus and departments, with 20 of them coming from Police, making it the department with the highest number of honourees.   Electrical & Mechanical Services Department Senior Engineer Chan Ying-ying is one such recipient.   When the Cross-Harbour Tunnel was seriously damaged in late 2019, Ms Chan and her teammates were responsible for the urgent repair of the toll collection system and the tunnel’s electrical and mechanical facilities.   Working round the clock and sparing no efforts, the team successfully made repairs to enable the tunnel to be re-opened for traffic within 100 hours.   Click here for other awardees' stories.
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