In Brief

PUBLISHED : Monday, 16 June, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 16 June, 2008, 12:00am

Ex-airport boss to head chamber

Victor Fung Kwok-king, who stepped down last month as chairman of the Airport Authority after serving in the post for nine years, will become Hong Kong's first chairman of the International Chamber of Commerce. Mr Fung will serve in the post for two years starting next month, after having served for 18 months as the ICC's vice-chairman. He is now chairman of the Greater Pearl River Delta Business Council.

Limited transit impact expected

Hong Kong International Airport expects a short- to medium-term impact on the number of passengers transferring through Hong Kong between Taiwan and the mainland following the start of direct weekend charter flights across the Taiwan Strait next month. The airport's passenger volume increased 8.3 per cent to 4.1 million last month from a month earlier. Cargo throughput rose 6.7 per cent to 314, 000 tonnes. But there are signs of some airlines scaling back operations to contain costs due to high fuel prices.

Voter number hits record high

The number of registered voters for geographical constituencies this year has reached a record high of more than 3.37 million. Some 166,000 were newly registered voters, while the net increase was 75,000 from last year, according to the Registration and Electoral Office. The number of electors on the provisional register for functional constituencies increased by about 17,000 to more than 229,000.

Engineers set Sichuan target

The Hong Kong chapter of Engineers Without Borders, comprising 140 engineers and architects, has set a target of raising HK$5 million for redevelopment and reconstruction projects in Sichuan . The new team visited the province this month and identified two villages in Sichuan and Gansu for redevelopment. The team hopes to rebuild housing and schools for some 3,000 affected people.