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GBA rule of law action plan released

The Action Plan on the Construction of Rule of Law in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area has been released, the Department of Justice (DoJ) announced today.   Secretary for Justice Paul Lam explained that the action plan has two intentions, namely to underpin the guiding principle of “Three Interfaces, Two Connects & One Greater Bay Area”, and strengthen collaboration with the legal and dispute resolution sectors and other stakeholders to effectively implement policy measures set out in the plan.   Through mechanisms, regulatory frameworks and talent – the “three interfaces” – the DoJ said it will promote hardware and software connectivity in constructing rule of law in the bay area, co-operation between the various cities according to their respective strengths, and collaboration between different legal systems, thereby eventually achieving the goal of “one Greater Bay Area”.   Deputy Secretary for Justice Cheung Kwok-kwan, who is also the leading Hong Kong

Children commission meeting held

Chief Secretary Chan Kwok-ki today chaired the 20th meeting of the Commission on Children, where members were briefed on the Government’s measures to foster a sporting culture among children and future work direction.
Early on, the Government had collected data on the physical fitness of Hong Kong citizens, including children aged between seven and 16, to understand their latest physical fitness conditions.
Results of the territory-wide physical fitness survey for the community provide benchmarking data for the Government to develop community-based training courses and recreational activities and plan public play spaces.
Additionally, members were briefed by government representatives on the proposed arrangements of expanding the scope of the Sexual Conviction Record Check Scheme to further strengthen the protection of children and mentally incapacitated people.
Considering the recommendations made by the Review of Sexual Offences Sub-committee under the Law Reform Commission, the Government consulted members on expanding the scope of the scheme in phases to cover existing employees, self-employed workers and volunteers.

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