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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

Civil servants help with flood relief

Secretary for the Civil Service Ingrid Yeung today said the Government is mobilising civil servants to help people who have been affected by the flooding in more remote areas to restore their home and road situation.   Speaking to reporters after attending a radio programme this morning, Mrs Yeung said the emergency departments are mainly responsible for dealing with situations such as landslides and flooding and have deployed all their staff in the past two days.   “For other work that can only be done when the roads have been reopened, when the flooding has subsided, we are now mobilising civil servants from other departments that do not deal with these emergencies to help with the work.”   She noted that the deployment of other civil servants for restoration work is under the charge of the Home Affairs Department and the respective district offices.   As to whether the mobilisation could have been done earlier, Mrs Yeung said at the height of a rainstorm, it is mainly the emergency departments and the departments that deal with repairing roads and the removal of obstructions that are working.   “When the roads are blocked, when the flooding has still not subsided, it would not be possible to mobilise civil servants to go to these very local areas to help.   “We have to let the emergency departments deal with these emergency situations first, then we mobilise our staff to go under relatively safe conditions to help the families and residents affected,” she added.

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