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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

Contractors suspended from bidding

The Development Bureau has suspended the contractors involved in a fatal industrial incident at the construction site for the Kwai Chung Hospital Phase 2 Redevelopment from tendering for public works contracts.

 

The bureau noted that the contractors concerned were on the List of Approved Contractors for Public Works.

 

As the party responsible for procuring services for public works, the bureau said it had notified the contractors concerned that they are suspended from tendering for public works contracts in the buildings category with immediate effect.

 

The contractors concerned are required to undergo an independent safety audit to review their safety management system. They will be required to take heed of the audit’s findings and to submit and improvement action plan and improvement measures, with a view to demonstrating that they have an effective safety management system in place, before removal of the suspension can be considered.

 

The suspension applies not only to future tender exercises, but also those in which procedures have been initiated but not concluded.

 

A government department is investigating the industrial incident, which happened yesterday, and will handle it in accordance with the law.

 

Based on the investigation’s findings, the bureau will impose further regulatory actions on the contractors concerned.


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