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Xia Baolong holds more exchanges

On day two of his inspection visit, CPC Central Committee Hong Kong & Macao Work Office Director and State Council Hong Kong & Macao Affairs Office Director Xia Baolong met lawmakers and entrepreneurs.   Mr Xia, accompanied by Chief Executive John Lee, had an engagement session with all Executive Council non-official members this morning.   In the company of Mr Lee and Chief Secretary Chan Kwok-ki, Mr Xia had another engagement session with Legislative Council President Andrew Leung and LegCo members which was attended by the chairmen and deputy chairmen of the LegCo House Committee, Finance Committee and its two subcommittees as well as the 18 LegCo panels.   In the afternoon, Mr Xia, accompanied by Secretary for Justice Paul Lam and Deputy Secretary for Justice Cheung Kwok-kwan, inspected the International Organization for Mediation Preparatory Office where he was briefed by its Director-General Sun Jin on the office’s preparatory work and progress.   Mr Xia t

Transport trade relief to be extended

The Transport Department today announced that relief measures for the local public transport sector under the sixth round of the Anti-epidemic Fund will be extended to help the sector amidst the difficult operating environment.   It said the prolonged COVID-19 pandemic has substantially dampened public transport patronage, posing a significant threat to the sector’s financial and operational sustainability.   In view of this, the Government will extend the five-month fuel subsidy to five franchised bus companies, 11 franchised and licensed ferry operators, Hong Kong Tramways, taxis and public light buses by another three months.   Furthermore, for eligible public transport operators who record a loss this year, the actual regular repair and maintenance costs from July to December will be reimbursed.   Such relief measures will incur an additional expenditure of about $769 million.   The department will notify relevant public transport operators of details of the measures.
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