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SMS sender scheme expanded

The Office of the Communications Authority (OFCA) announced today that the SMS Sender Registration Scheme is now open for application by all sectors to further help the public verify the identities of SMS senders, with a view to combatting SMS fraud.   Apart from further opening up the scheme, the OFCA said it welcomes public and private organisations from various industries with a practical need to communicate with customers or clients via SMS to join the scheme.   Under the scheme, only registered senders are able to send SMS messages using their registered SMS sender IDs with the prefix “#”. All other SMS messages with sender IDs containing “#” but not sent by registered senders will be blocked by the telecommunications networks.   As such, the public can easily identify whether an SMS message is received from a registered sender by the prefix “#” in the SMS sender ID.   The OFCA reminds citizens to stay highly vigilant when receiving SMS messages from unknown sender

Aviation grant applications open

The Transport & Logistics Bureau today announced the launch of the Aviation Promotion Project Funding Scheme, which accepts applications all year round.


The scheme aims to fund local aviation-related organisations and academic institutions for organising activities to promote the aviation industry and attract talent to join the industry.


Activities mainly for business promotion or individual corporate recruitment will not be considered.


Eligible organisations should submit applications at least three months before the commencement of the activities concerned.


The Maritime & Aviation Training Fund (MATF) Secretariat will submit the applications to a tripartite taskforce on manpower training (aviation) for approval within two months from the receipt of the application forms and all necessary documents.


Applications from locally registered non-profit organisations may receive a maximum of 100% of the permissible expenditure, subject to a ceiling of $250,000.


Applications from other eligible organisations may receive up to 50% of the permissible expenditure, capped at $125,000.


Interested organisations may contact the MATF Secretariat on 3509 7261 or by email at

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