The Week Ahead November 17th

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The money train departs

Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect will be running on Monday. Final checks on the system have been done over the weekend and simulations suggest that the daily investment quota from mainland – $10.5 billion – will be filled within the first half hour.

Ebola and Dengue

LegCo’s Panel on Health Services will discuss the Ebola virus and Dengue fever on Monday. Government’s figures show that in the past decade (2004-2013), a total of 505 cases of Dengue fever were confirmed in Hong Kong. In 2014, there are 100 confirmed Dengue fever cases as of November 9th. 3 of the 100 are local cases and the rest are all imported infections. “Due to the large volume of travel to the endemic places in Southeast Asia and Guangdong, it is expected that the number of cases would be increasing,” the Government wrote in its papers to LegCo.
The World Health Organization revealed on November 7th that the latest Ebola cases stand at 13,268, including 4,960 deaths in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Senegal, Mali, Spain

and the United States. The latest fatality rate of Ebola is about 37.4%. Centre for Health Protection of the Department of Health in Hong Kong has received notification of 2 suspected cases of Ebola as of November 10th but both tested negative.

Tuesday Event: The Consul General of Belgium will host a Reception in honour of King’s Day. Also known as the King’s Feast, Koningsfeest, and Fête du Roi.

Injunction to clear MK occupation

The injunction filed by taxi drivers will be seen on newspaper in Tuesday the earliest, meaning the bailiffs will take action from Tuesday onwards.

New arbitration centre in Hong Kong

China Maritime Arbitration Commission will set up an arbitration centre in Hong Kong and the opening ceremony will be held on Wednesday at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. The new arbitration centre is the first of its kind to be set up outside mainland and aims at providing arbitration services for international maritime disputes.
“Being the sole maritime arbitration institution in Mainland China, CMAC’s presence in Hong Kong would further enhance Hong Kong’s role in the resolution of maritime disputes, and thereby reinforce our position as a leading centre for international legal and dispute resolution services in the Asia Pacific region,” the spokesman from Department of Justice said.

Filibuster at the Meeting of Public Works Subcommittee

On Wenesday, the Subcommittee will vote on the 59 amendments filed by Albert Chan (GC- NT West, People Power), Gary Fan (GC- NT East, Neo Democrats) and Fernando Cheung (GC- NT East, Labour Party) before summer on the proposal to pay $226.9m for strategic studies to explore the feasibility of constructing artificial islands in the central waters between Hong Kong Island and Lantau, including development of an East Lantau Metropolis.

Urgent question on the injunction orders

Dennis Kwok (FC- Legal, Civic Party) announced on Monday that he will ask an urgent question on Wednesday’s Council meeting regarding the injunction orders issued to clear the blockades in Mongkok and around the CITIC Tower in Admiralty. He listed out 3 questions for the Police:

How can the Police make sure that protesters understand the injunction orders before they decide to make arrest?
Under what circumstance will the arrested protesters be brought to the High Court, the police stations and Magistrates’ Courts?
Any meausres to ensure protesters are well informed of their rights when they are arrested and brought to the High Court?

Motion to investigate CY, again

Cyd Ho (GC- HK Island, Labour Party) will move a motion on the Council Meeting on Wednesday to appoint a select committee and use the LegCo’s power to investigate whether CY Leung has contravened Article 47 of the Basic Law which stipulates that the CE must be a person of integrity, dedicated to his or her duties. The investigation will also look at whether CY has accurately declared his holding of shares in DTZ Japan to the Chief Justice of the Court of Final Appeal when he assumed office and other cases of alleged conflict of interest, such as the free television programme service licence regarding Hong Kong Television Network Limited.
Also on Wednesday’s Council, Ronny Tong (GC- NT East, Civic Party) will move a motion to urge “the Government to expeditiously put forward a practical and feasible constitutional reform package.” Emily Lau (GC- NT East, DP) will amend Tong’s motion by defining the ‘reform package’ to be complied with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, in order for the CE election to be competitive and free of political screening. She will also urge the Government to abolish all functional constituency seats in LegCo no later than 2020.

Filibuster on landfills continue

On Friday’s Finance Committee meeting, filibuster will continue on:
$2 billion for the extension of the Southeast New Territories Landfill in Tseung Kwan O,
$7.3 billion for the extension of the Northeast New Territories Landfill in Ta Kwu Ling,
$36.8m for the consultants’ fees and investigations to study the extension of the West New Territories Landfill in Tuen Mun, and
$18.2 billion for the reclamation of about 16 hectares to form an artificial island near Shek Kwu Chau and to build an incinerator on it.