HK$150m approved for mainland drought relief aid
The Legislative Council's Finance Committee has approved the injection of HK$150 million into the Disaster Relief Fund for emergency relief to drought victims in the provinces of Guangxi , Guizhou and Yunnan . A government spokesman said the Disaster Relief Fund Advisory Committee would request authorities receiving the aid to provide information on its use upon completion of relief projects. The government yesterday also approved a grant of HK$2.8 million to World Vision Hong Kong to conduct relief projects in Guangxi and Yunnan.
Financial secretary to lead delegation to Taiwan
Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah plans to lead a delegation to Taiwan later this year in his capacity as the honorary chairman of the newly formed Hong Kong-Taiwan Economic and Cultural Co-operation Promotion Council. Former chief executive Tung Chee-hwa toured Hualien county yesterday and is scheduled to complete a seven-day private trip to Taiwan today.
Record 2.86m visitors come to Hong Kong in February
A record 2.86 million-plus people visited Hong Kong in February, a new high for the month, while just over two million mainlanders travelled to the city, the Tourism Board said. Year on year, the number of February arrivals rose by almost a third. The main reason for the strong growth was that the Lunar New Year holiday fell in February this year but in January last year. Visitor numbers from the US, Europe and Asian markets fell but the number of Taiwanese visitors rose by 28.1 per cent to 188,561.
Government gets 3 applications to convert factory buildings
The Development Bureau received three applications to convert factory buildings to new uses yesterday, the first day under a new regime. Under the policy, which will last for three years, owners of industrial buildings older than 15 years do not need to pay a land premium to change their blocks from industrial to other uses such as retail, arts or commercial activities.