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New commissioner welcomed

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Chief Executive John Lee today welcomed the central government’s appointment of Cui Jianchun as Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.   With the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Hong Kong SAR, Mr Lee said that Hong Kong has been developing its external affairs in accordance with the Basic Law to foster its external exchanges and co-operation, enhancing its international impact and competitiveness.   The office has also rendered consular protection and appropriate assistance to Hong Kong citizens in distress overseas.   In addition, with the strong support of the central government and the office’s assistance, a number of young Hong Kong public officers have worked in the United Nations as Chinese personnel in recent years to give their best in the international arena, contributing to the development of the country and Hong Kong, an

CE hosts seminar on ‘two sessions’

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Chief Executive John Lee today held a seminar on learning the spirit of the "two sessions" - the second session of the 14th National People's Congress and the second session of the 14th Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference National Committee.   The seminar was aimed at enabling the participants to have a deeper understanding of the essence of the "two sessions" and its significance to Hong Kong's development.   Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Director Zheng Yanxiong shared his views at the seminar.   Mr Zheng pointed out that the Hong Kong SAR has to grasp the spirit of the "two sessions" focusing on seven aspects - the important speech of General Secretary Xi Jinping; the significant achievements of the country on all fronts over the past year; the determination and confidence in national economic and social development; the tenet that high-quality d

Basketball event gets ‘M’ Mark status

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The Major Sports Events Committee today announced that it has awarded “M” Mark status to the FIBA 3x3 Universality Olympic Qualifying Tournament 1, which will be staged in Hong Kong for the first time from April 12 to 14 at Victoria Park.   The committee’s Chairman Wilfred Ng said Hong Kong’s successful bid to be host city of the tournament’s first leg is an important milestone for the development of 3x3 basketball in Hong Kong. The event will bring the world’s top 3x3 basketball teams to compete in Hong Kong.   More importantly, the Hong Kong, China men’s and women’s 3x3 basketball teams will make history by competing for Olympic qualification at home for the first time, he said.   He stressed that the event will promote sports development and showcase Hong Kong’s ability to host world-class sports events. He added that it will add colour and vibrancy to the city, bring in more visitors from abroad and enhance Hong Kong’s position as a centre for major international sports

New investment scheme favoured

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The New Capital Investment Entrant Scheme has seen a good response since its launch on March 1, recording double-digit applications and over 1,600 enquiries, Invest Hong Kong (InvestHK) announced today.   InvestHK pointed out that the applications were from high-net-worth individuals of different nationalities.   Of the enquiries received, around 70% were made by professional service providers and were mainly about application procedures, eligibility criteria and permissible investment assets, it added.   Director-General of Investment Promotion Alpha Lau said that she is very delighted to see the scheme draw a good response in the first month.   “It shows strong confidence among high-net-worth individuals in the stable business environment and the diverse investment opportunities Hong Kong has to offer."   Ms Lau also noted that the Government will continue to roll out measures to further enhance Hong Kong's competitiveness as an asset and wealth managemen

Patriotic education body established

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The Government announced today the establishment of the Working Group on Patriotic Education to co-ordinate the work of government departments and non-governmental organisations in taking forward patriotic education.   The working group was announced in the Chief Executive's Policy Address last year and set up under the Constitution & Basic Law Promotion Steering Committee.   As steering committee chairman, Chief Secretary Chan Kwok-ki said patriotic education is rich in content, covering the history, culture, traditions and values, and symbols and signs of the country, with focuses on cultivating national awareness and sense of civic responsibility among all citizens.   Given that promotion of patriotic education can be conducted in a diversified manner, in addition to the Government’s all-out promotional effort, the active participation of all sectors in society is integral, he added.   The membership of the working group comprises the relevant directors of bu

National security symposium held

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A symposium was held today on safeguarding national security for Hong Kong's social welfare sector, jointly organised by the Labour & Welfare Bureau, the Social Welfare Department and Connecting Hearts.   The symposium aims to foster the sector's understanding of the importance of safeguarding national security as well as the implementation of the National Security Law and Safeguarding National Security Ordinance on people's wellbeing, with a view to further enhancing the sector's awareness of safeguarding national security.   Conducted in both online and offline formats, the symposium attracted around 6,500 participants from the social welfare sector.   Chief Secretary Chan Kwok-ki, Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Deputy Director He Jing and Secretary for Labour & Welfare Chris Sun officiated at the symposium.   Addressing the event, Mr Chan said that national security is the b

Youth funding applications open

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The Home & Youth Affairs Bureau and the Youth Development Commission today jointly launched new rounds of the Funding Scheme for Youth Entrepreneurship in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area and the Funding Scheme for Experiential Programmes at Innovation & Entrepreneurial Bases.   Both funding schemes are under the Youth Development Fund. Eligible non-governmental organisations (NGOs) are invited to submit applications.   In his 2023 Policy Address, the Chief Executive emphasised that the Government would sustain its efforts in promoting youth development and continue to implement and enhance the Youth Development Blueprint, encouraging and supporting Hong Kong youth in pursuing innovation and entrepreneurship.   The Funding Scheme for Youth Entrepreneurship in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area subsidises NGOs to implement youth entrepreneurship projects.   It provides young people who are interested in starting their businesses in Hong