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Kai Tak site accident being probed

The Government expressed that it is highly concerned about an accident involving the collapse of a bamboo scaffold at a Kai Tak construction site today in which two workers were killed and three others injured.   A preliminarily investigation by the Buildings Department (BD) found that the scaffold, measuring about 15m by 8m, fell to the ground from the external wall on the 19th floor of a building under construction.   The BD said it will conduct a comprehensive investigation into the cause of the incident, including whether the scaffold, as temporary works, complied with the Buildings Ordinance and whether the registered contractor and any related persons have properly discharged their responsibilities.   It added that if anyone is found in contravention of the ordinance, it will take follow-up actions, including instigating prosecution and referring to the Contractors Disciplinary Board for disciplinary proceedings.   The Labour Department (LD) also launched an immed

FS attends World Economic Forum

Financial Secretary Paul Chan yesterday attended day two of the World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland, where Premier Li Qiang delivered a special address.


In addition to meeting World Bank Group President Ajay Banga, he attended a business breakfast and a roundtable meeting.


While taking part in the WEF Annual Meeting in the company of Secretary for Commerce & Economic Development Algernon Yau, the Financial Secretary pointed out that Premier Li's speech thoroughly elaborated that the overall trend of China's long-term growth will not change, and China stays committed to opening up and continues to provide a strong impetus to the development of the world economy.


During his meeting with Mr Banga, they exchanged views on enhancing investment and financing for green and sustainable projects, promoting digitalisation in the region, enhancing collaboration among countries in the South, and promoting a more inclusive development of the regional and global economy.


At the business breakfast and roundtable meeting organised by a multinational bank, Mr Chan briefed attendees on Hong Kong’s latest economic and social conditions. He also spoke about the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government's efforts in consolidating and enhancing the city's competitiveness as an international financial centre, developing a diversified economy, and attracting enterprises and talent.


Furthermore, he had in-depth exchanges with participants from the international financial institutions, investment funds, air cargo and logistics industry, insurance groups, professional services organisations and fintech enterprises.


Mr Chan shared Hong Kong's new strengths and developments as he spoke at a keynote seminar organised by a Mainland financial media agency. He stressed that the city will play an even more pivotal role as a bridge and platform connecting the Mainland and international markets and investors in the face of new global trends.


Apart from highlighting that the Hong Kong SAR Government is pressing ahead with the development of the "eight centres" as outlined in the 14th Five-Year Plan, the Financial Secretary stressed that in particular, it is promoting the development of financial services and innovation and technology as the dual engines of Hong Kong's future growth.


Mr Chan also attended a dinner hosted by WEF Founder & Executive Chairman Prof Klaus Schwab yesterday evening.

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