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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 headed to Davos

Financial Secretary Paul Chan will depart for Davos in Switzerland tomorrow to attend the World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting from January 15 to 19.


Secretary for Commerce & Economic Development Algernon Yau will participate in parts of the programme, along with a team from Hong Kong which includes Airport Authority Chairman Jack So, Exchanges & Clearing Chairman Laura Cha and MTR Corporation Chief Executive Officer Jacob Kam.


The WEF’s annual meeting, with "Rebuilding Trust" as its theme, will hold in-depth discussions on four areas: achieving security and co-operation for the world, creating growth and jobs, artificial intelligence as a driving force for the economy and society, long-term strategies for combatting climate change and achieving carbon neutrality.


Leaders of governments, representatives of major international organisations and the senior management of enterprises from over 100 countries and regions will attend the meeting.


Noting that the current geopolitical situation remains tense, with protectionism and decoupling sentiments rising high in individual countries, Mr Chan said the global economic outlook still faces many uncertainties with an uneven pace of post-epidemic recovery and growth.


“At such a time, countries should join hands to promote a more resilient global development, respond to imminent challenges such as climate change, and make development more equitable and inclusive."


During the WEF’s annual meeting, the Financial Secretary will attend and speak at several keynote meetings, luncheons and dinners. He also plans to meet political, business and financial leaders.


Mr Chan said that he and other members of the Hong Kong team will tell the good stories of Hong Kong and China and explain the economic and social development of Hong Kong, striving to clear doubts over the city.


“We will in particular explain the successful implementation and long-standing advantages of  the 'one country, two systems' principle as well as Hong Kong's unique role in connecting the Mainland and the world.


“We will also introduce our new advantages and measures in promoting the development of industries, and encourage businesses to establish a foothold and invest here."


During Mr Chan and Mr Yau’s absence, Deputy Financial Secretary Michael Wong and Under Secretary for Commerce & Economic Development Bernard Chan will be acting in their capacity respectively.

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