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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

Encourage staff to get vaccinated: CE

(To watch the full media session with sign language interpretation, click here.)   Enterprises should require employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19 so that Hong Kong could build up a defence promptly to enable the Government to relax social distancing measures that will benefit businesses.   Chief Executive Carrie Lam made the statement ahead of today’s Executive Council meeting and stressed that raising the COVID-19 vaccination rate serves the interest of the business community.   “Encouraging, promoting or even urging enterprises and corporations to require their staff to (get) vaccinated (against COVID-19) is one of the strategies to raise the vaccination rate. I do not think we need to provide sort of tangible incentives for the private sector.   “It is to their own benefit to require their employees to be vaccinated so that Hong Kong could build up this defence as soon as possible to enable the Government to decide on more relaxations that they want to see - relaxations in the form of allowing more people or tourists to come in, relaxation in terms of the social distancing measures - so that they could do more business.   “So there is a common objective between the business world and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government to increase the vaccination rate.   “But if they want a very strong and clear message from the Government, I am now giving that very strong signal and message that they should move into the situation of requiring their employees to be vaccinated.”   Mrs Lam added that for employees who are unable to or refuse to get vaccinated, they should at least be required to produce a negative COVID-19 test result on a regular basis.
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