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FS visits biomedical firm in UK

Financial Secretary Paul Chan yesterday visited a biopharmaceutical company and the Royal College of Art, and attended a lunch hosted by the China-Britain Business Council, as part of his ongoing trip to London.   Mr Chan visited AstraZeneca and met the company’s senior management to learn about its drug research and development activities, as well as its latest expansion plans.   AstraZeneca indicated that following in-depth talks with Hong Kong’s Office for Attracting Strategic Enterprises, it plans to develop a research and development centre in Hong Kong and will engage in further discussion with relevant government departments on the matter.   The Financial Secretary then attended a roundtable luncheon held by the China-Britain Business Council, and met representatives of British enterprises that do business, or plan to do business, either in the Mainland or Hong Kong.   Mr Chan later visited the Royal College of Art, which collaborated with the Hong Kong Polytechnic Unive

Civil servants help with flood relief

Secretary for the Civil Service Ingrid Yeung today said the Government is mobilising civil servants to help people who have been affected by the flooding in more remote areas to restore their home and road situation.   Speaking to reporters after attending a radio programme this morning, Mrs Yeung said the emergency departments are mainly responsible for dealing with situations such as landslides and flooding and have deployed all their staff in the past two days.   “For other work that can only be done when the roads have been reopened, when the flooding has subsided, we are now mobilising civil servants from other departments that do not deal with these emergencies to help with the work.”   She noted that the deployment of other civil servants for restoration work is under the charge of the Home Affairs Department and the respective district offices.   As to whether the mobilisation could have been done earlier, Mrs Yeung said at the height of a rainstorm, it is mainly the emergency departments and the departments that deal with repairing roads and the removal of obstructions that are working.   “When the roads are blocked, when the flooding has still not subsided, it would not be possible to mobilise civil servants to go to these very local areas to help.   “We have to let the emergency departments deal with these emergency situations first, then we mobilise our staff to go under relatively safe conditions to help the families and residents affected,” she added.

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