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LIVE: Hong Kong Policy Address 2020

Live Coverage of the Hong Kong Policy Address, Nov 25 2020

1:20pm: Carrie Lam said, last year she has faced the toughest challenges in all her 40 years of public service. 

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1:16pm:
The Hong Kong government will provide HK$300 million to address the city's growing mental health issues.

 

1:10pm: More than 2000 teenagers have been arrested in the past social movement. In view of this, Carrie Lam said students need to develop a better sense of national belonging and moral development.  

1:08pm: Carrie Lam says more languages regarding information from the Hong Kong Observatory will be available for ethnic minorities living in the city.

1:06pm:

Carrie Lam is delivering the policy address in the Legislative Council chamber Photo: Eunice Lam

1:02pm: Two museums in the West Kowloon Cultural District — M+ Museum and HK Palace Museum — along with HKMoA "turn a new page in HK's visual arts landscape," according to Carrie Lam. 

Betty Fung Ching Suk-yee will become the new head of the West Kowloon Cultural District next month. Ms Fung is a close political aide of Carrie Lam.

12:56pm: The government will subsidise Hong Kong tech companies to hire Hong Kong people to work in the Greater Bay Area.

12:50pm: Carrie Lam said that Hong Kong aims to achieve carbon neutrality in 2050.

12:40pm: Carrie Lam said the government has plans to revitalise the Jumbo Floating Restaurant, an icon of the city that closed in March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The renowned restaurant has been visited by Queen Elizabeth and Tom Cruise and featured in a James Bond film.

The government will give the Jumbo Floating Restaurant to Ocean Park for revitalisation, and it will be run as a non-profit restaurant.

12:37pm: Carrie Lam cited two main reasons for the city's damaged reputation. First, the social unrest in 2019 followed by the "unreasonable criticism and smearing" of the National Security Law while ousting four democratically-elected legislators.

12:33pm: Carrie Lam said that the government has identified all 330 hectares of land, catering to Hong Kong's public housing needs. 

12:30pm: “We are not going to give up on the Lantau Tomorrow Vision," the government's plan to build housing on reclaimed land off the coast of Lantau Island. The plan has received widespread public criticism. 

12:19pm: Carrie Lam said HK$600 million will be allocated to the tourism industry, which has been hard hit by COVID-19.

12:16pm: Carrie Lam says the government will provide 15,000 transitional houses within three years for families waiting for public housing.

12:15pm: Carrie Lam said the government will roll out large-scale publicity and promotion strategies to promote Hong Kong to talents around the world as the pandemic situation stabilises. 

12:11pm: Carrie Lam just announced that Hong Kong will join the RCEP, the world's largest trade pact.

12:07pm: Carrie Lam has agreed to a proposal of building an automated car park by the Hong Kong entrance to the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge.

 

11:49am: Carrie Lam said Hong Kong Aviation industry has been impacted hugely by COVID-19 and the premier logistic centre will be built by 2023. 

11:48am: Carrie Lam says that there will be a tax concession for carried interest issued by private equity funds operating in Hong Kong. 

11:45am: Mrs. Lam expressed confidence in Hong Kong's status as an international aviation hub, despite the global epidemic.

Mrs. Lam added that the Greater Bay Area also underscores Hong Kong's importance as an aviation hub.

11:43am: Chief Executive Carrie Lam says the decisions made related to COVID-19 are all "science-based" and have no "political concerns."

She expresses gratitude to Beijing for the mass testing and reserving vaccines for Hong Kong citizens in the future.

11:34am: Everything remains quiet outside of government offices during the 2020 policy address, Leone Xue reports from the scene. Last year,  hundreds of protesters disrupted the policy address. Since last year, major pro-democracy activists have been arrested and some charged under the new National Security Law that went into effect over the summer.

11:24am:  The Department of Justice will strive to implement "Vision 2030", a ten-year plan which includes educating the youth on The Rule of Law, says Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor.

11:19am

Unlike last year, there are no protests outside the Legislative Council.  Photo: Leone Xue

11:11am:

Carrie Lam is giving her 2020 policy address in a Legislative Council with no pro-democracy lawmakers.

11am: Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-Ngor opens the Policy Address in Legco. In 2019, her policy address was disrupted by pro-democracy protesters, and for the first time in history, she delivered it online only.

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