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Xia Baolong begins HK visit

CPC Central Committee Hong Kong & Macao Work Office Director and State Council Hong Kong & Macao Affairs Office Director Xia Baolong today arrived in Hong Kong for a seven-day inspection visit.   Upon his arrival at Hong Kong International Airport this morning, Mr Xia toured the Integrated Airport Centre in the company of Chief Executive John Lee, Chief Secretary Chan Kwok-ki and Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK) Chairman Jack So.   Mr Xia was updated by Secretary for Transport & Logistics Lam Sai-hung and AAHK Chief Executive Officer Fred Lam, on the developments of the aviation industry and the latest situation of Hong Kong's development as an international aviation and cargo hub. Mr Xia also inspected the operation of autonomous vehicles at the airport.   In the afternoon, he had an engagement session with Principal Officials and Permanent Secretaries of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government led by Mr Lee.   At another engagement ses

Metropolis co-ordination body formed

The Government today announced the establishment of the Northern Metropolis Co-ordination Office to champion and drive the development of the Northern Metropolis.   With Vic Yau as Director of the Northern Metropolis Co-ordination Office (NMCO), the office will formulate and promulgate an action agenda and an implementation plan for the Northern Metropolis within this year.   As part of its daily duties, the NMCO will assume an overall championing and co-ordinating role in taking forward the Northern Metropolis initiative, formulate innovative planning and lands policies as well as implement arrangements to drive and support new industrial strategies.   The office will strengthen co-ordination of the relevant bureaus and departments for the timely implementation of the provision of housing, transport and other infrastructure, ecological conservation, development of industries in different sectors as well as the provision of government and public facilities in the metropolis for comprehensive and coherent development.   Additionally, it will provide strategic advice on development strategies and priorities for the metropolis and give secretariat support to the Steering Committee on the Northern Metropolis chaired by Chief Executive and the Advisory Committee on the Northern Metropolis chaired by the financial secretary.   The NMCO will also be tasked with strengthening collaboration with the Mainland authorities to make full use of the synergy between the Northern Metropolis and Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area as well as the opportunities arising therefrom, and for integration into the overall national development.   Moreover, the office will promote public engagement and strengthen communication with stakeholders on the development of the Northern Metropolis.   Mr Yau joined the Administrative Service in July 1997, and was Deputy Secretary for Development (Planning & Lands) from December 2018 to February 2023 and has been Director of the Preparatory Office for Northern Metropolis since February 2023.   Email nmcoenq@devb.gov.hk for enquiries about the Northern Metropolis.
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