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More HZMB private car quotas set

The governments of Hong Kong and Macau have agreed to increase the regular quotas for Hong Kong cross-boundary non-commercial private cars using the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge to Macau, the Transport Department announced today.   The decision was made to enhance traffic flow between Hong Kong and Macau, better utilising the bridge, the department said.   It will increase the Hong Kong quota by 1,000, following the earlier quota allocation of 1,800 for Hong Kong.   The additional quota will be distributed in two phases from the second quarter.   Half of the additional 1,000 quota allocations is for company applicants and the other half is for individual applicants. The quotas are valid for no more than three years. The eligibility criteria of quota applications remains the same.   Private cars allocated with Hong Kong quotas will be permitted to access the city of Macau multiple times using the bridge.   The Hong Kong quota allotments will be re-allocated upon expiry thro

National security seminar held

The Civil Service Bureau held a seminar on the topic of national security, the National Security Law and improving the electoral system today.   It was the third and final seminar in its series of seminars for directorate and senior civil servants under the theme of Understanding the Constitutional Order & Safeguarding National Security. Today's seminar was delivered by former Secretary for Justice and former Vice-Chairperson of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Basic Law Committee of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress Elsie Leung.   It covered the holistic view of national security, the responsibility of the Hong Kong SAR to safeguard national security, the background to the enactment and the key elements of the National Security Law, improving the electoral system and the local implementation of the principle of “patriots administering Hong Kong”. Addressing the seminar, Secretary for the Civil Service Patrick Nip quoted the important remarks made by National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference Vice-Chairman and Hong Kong & Macao Affairs Office of the State Council Director Xia Baolong in July.   “Only by building a solid security foundation of 'one country' can the 'two systems' enjoy greater vitality and space, the well-being and interests of Hong Kong residents be effectively safeguarded, and the prosperity, stability and lasting peace of Hong Kong be ensured. The responsibility of fully implementing the National Security Law is shouldered by the Hong Kong SAR Government, different sectors of the community, as well as every Hong Kong citizen.” Mr Nip stressed that civil servants must have an accurate understanding of the constitutional order established under the country's Constitution and the Basic Law as well as a thorough grasp of the National Security Law.   “They should also enhance their awareness of safeguarding national security and act in accord fully with the Hong Kong SAR Government in discharging its duty to safeguard national security. This is crucial to the steadfast and successful implementation of the principle of 'one country, two systems',” he added.   About 480 directorate and senior rank civil servants attended the seminar. In addition to the live seminar at the Central Government Offices, some participants took part through a simulcast at the Hong Kong Central Library.   The three seminars in the series have attracted an attendance of around 1,300.
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