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  1. HK will host the next meeting of ministers

    Posted Sep 16th 2003, 12:00am by Chloe Lai

    ... Albert Lai Kwong-tak chaired the delegation of Hong Kong NGOs to last year's United Nations world development summit in South Africa. He said hosting the WTO gathering would be of enormous ... is an international city. It is essential for us to boost our international status,' Mr Lai said. Oxfam's Hong Kong representative to the ministerial meeting, Phoenix Leung Pui-fung, said: ...

  2. Four reclamations scrapped as two are put under review

    Posted Oct 02nd 2003, 12:00am by Chloe Lai

    ... But Michael Suen says the controversial Central-Wan Chai project will continue The government has dropped four proposed reclamation projects and is reviewing another two, Secretary for Housing, Planning and Lands Michael Suen Ming-yeung said yesterday. In ...

  3. Plan for tax-free border zone is rejected

    Posted Sep 30th 2003, 12:00am by Chloe Lai

    ... Li Ka-shing's proposal to boost the economy would be too costly to set up, says commerce chief A proposal by Li Ka-shing to turn a piece of land on the border into a tax-free industrial zone was rejected by a senior Hong Kong government official yest ...

  4. Departure tax worries KCRC

    Posted Sep 24th 2003, 12:00am by Chloe Lai

    ... The Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation says it would have trouble collecting the proposed land departure tax for the government. In a submission to the Legislative Council yesterday, the rail operator said it did not oppose the levy but it would be diffic ...

  5. HOS flat sale far from done deal

    Posted Sep 12th 2003, 12:00am by Chloe Lai

    ... The Hong Kong government had not discussed a mainland property developer's proposal to turn vacant Home Ownership Scheme flats into tourist guesthouses, ministers said yesterday. The Financial Secretary, Henry Tang Ying-yen, and the Secretary for Hou ...

  6. Hundreds of public estate tenants demand a rent cut

    Posted Aug 25th 2003, 12:00am by Chloe Lai

    ... Hostility between the Housing Authority and its tenants over the rent dispute escalated yesterday as some 300 angry tenants marched from the High Court to the Central Government Offices, demanding an immediate rent cut. The protest came two days before a ...

  7. Stop interfering with the property market, say top economists

    Posted Aug 12th 2003, 12:00am by Chloe Lai

    ... Two leading economists yesterday urged the government to leave the property market to recover on its own, saying any rebound should be left to economic forces. HSBC chief economist George Leung and Lingnan University president Edward Chen Kwan-yiu believe ...

  8. Act is still a thorn in the authority's side

    Posted Jul 12th 2003, 12:00am by Chloe Lai

    ... The legislation at the centre of yesterday's victory by public housing tenants has long been a source of discomfort to the government. The act was passed during the last, highly politicised hours of the pre-handover Legislative Council. Leung Yiu-chu ...

  9. City makes play to host WTO summit

    Posted Jul 08th 2003, 12:00am by Chloe Lai

    ... Authorities feel the event will showcase Asia's 'world city' and be a boon to the economy, regardless of any protests Hong Kong will bid to host the World Trade Organisation's sixth ministerial meeting to be held either at the end of 2 ...

  10. Legislators are pressing the government to think again on harbour reclamation. But last year, they approved the plan without even a question

    Posted Oct 08th 2003, 12:00am by Ambrose Leung, Carrie Chan, Chloe Lai

    ... Legislators' change of heart on harbour The major political parties are now asking the government to reconsider the Central reclamation project even though they unanimously approved the work last year. Minutes of the Legislative Council show that not ...




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