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GBA rule of law action plan released

The Action Plan on the Construction of Rule of Law in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area has been released, the Department of Justice (DoJ) announced today.   Secretary for Justice Paul Lam explained that the action plan has two intentions, namely to underpin the guiding principle of “Three Interfaces, Two Connects & One Greater Bay Area”, and strengthen collaboration with the legal and dispute resolution sectors and other stakeholders to effectively implement policy measures set out in the plan.   Through mechanisms, regulatory frameworks and talent – the “three interfaces” – the DoJ said it will promote hardware and software connectivity in constructing rule of law in the bay area, co-operation between the various cities according to their respective strengths, and collaboration between different legal systems, thereby eventually achieving the goal of “one Greater Bay Area”.   Deputy Secretary for Justice Cheung Kwok-kwan, who is also the leading Hong Kong

2nd phase of 2021 census to start

The Census & Statistics Department said today it will carry out the second phase of the 2021 Population Census data collection from July 18 to August 4.   Census officers will visit households that have yet to submit their questionnaires to conduct face-to-face interviews, but will not call on those who have already submitted the questionnaire.   The census officers, working in pairs, will wear a purple T-shirt uniform with a 2021 census badge and carry a red satchel with the census logo. They will also identify themselves with a census officer identity certificate issued by the department. Households should check their identity carefully before admitting them to their premises or providing data.   The department appealed to households to participate in the census before July 18 by responding to their questionnaires online, by phone or by post in order to reduce face-to-face contact.   It noted that as of July 8, around 710,000 households had completed the questionnaires, of which about 60% were submitted online.   It also stressed that the census data is vital for Hong Kong’s future development, and encouraged the public to participate in the census. Information collected will be kept in strict confidence and will not be disclosed to unauthorised parties.   The department added that specified people must provide the required information in the census. It is an offence to contravene the legal requirement for completing the questionnaire.
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