The week ahead November 24th

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Mongkok occupied areas in peril
Lawyer Maggie Chan, representing a minibus company, said last week that the injunction order to clear occupied zones on the Argyle Street will be carried out on Monday the soonest. While another injunction order to clear the occupied zones on Nathan Road, filed by a taxi association, is published on newspaper today.

Government officials to Beijing
Chief Secretary Carrie Lam will depart for Beijing to attend the 18th Beijing-Hong Kong Economic Co-operation Symposium on Tuesday. Members of the HKSAR Government delegation included the Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury Professor K C Chan, Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Gregory So and Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Raymond Tam.

CY Leung to Korea
CE CY Leung will leave Hong Kong in the afternoon of November 25th for a duty visit to Korea. During his stay, Mr Leung will learn more about the economic situation and development of the innovation and technology industry of Korea. He will also meet with political and business leaders there.

18th Beijing-Hong Kong Economic Co-operation Symposium
The delegation led by Carrie Lam will attend the opening ceremony of the 18th Beijing-Hong Kong Economic Co-operation Symposium in the morning and meet with senior officials of the Beijing Municipal Government. Professor KC Chan and Gregory So will attend an exchange session at noon which is hosted by the Beijing Municipal Government. KC Chan will also attend the Beijing-Hong Kong Financial Services Co-operation Forum and give a keynote speech in the afternoon.

From Beijing to Guangdong
After finishing their businesses in Beijing, Carrie Lam, KC Chan, Gregory So and Raymond Tam will fly to Guangdong to attend the first meeting of the Inter-ministries Joint Conference on the Promotion of the Development of Qianhai, Nansha and Hengqin which will be chaired by the National Development and Reform Commission on Tuesday afternoon.

Senior representatives of relevant ministries from the State Council, the Guangdong Provincial Government, the Shenzhen Municipal Government, the Guangzhou Municipal Government, the Zhuhai Municipal Government, the Hong Kong and Macao SAR Governments will be attending the meeting. Gregory So will be flying to Korea to join CY Leung for the visit to Korea in the evening.

Hong Kong Korea talks
CY Leung will meet with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Korea Yun Byung-se and the Minister of Science, ICT and Future Planning of Korea Choi Yang-hee on Wednesday. Mr Leung will also visit a Korean entertainment company which promotes pop music and culture.

On behalf of Hong Kong, Gregory So will sign a Memorandum of Understanding on Co-operation in the Creative Industries with the Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism of the Republic of Korea on the same day.

Filibuster at the meeting of Public Works Subcommittee
The meeting last week was cancelled due to protesters breaking windows of the LegCo building. 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.

Council meeting
Two Bills will resume second reading and third reading:
Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Bill
Rights for third parties, who are not a party to a contract, to enforce the contractual terms.
Last Meeting: 4th meeting on 16th June.
Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2014
Amending unconstitutional elements of the Crime Ordinance (removing bans against gay sex between men), Sex Discrimination Ordinance (providing more power to the EOC), TDO, spam, BMO, other – all based on court rulings.
Last Meeting: 4th meeting on 17th July.

Members’ motions:
Debate will continue Ronny Tong’s (GC- NT East, Civic Party) motion last week 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.

Gary Fan (GC- NT East, Neo Democrats) will move a motion to urge the Government to “proactively handle China-Hong Kong conflicts, and to adhere to the need to ‘put Hong Kong people first’ in formulating policies.”

CY continues his visit in Korea
CY Leung will meet with the President of the Korea Creative Content Agency Hong Sang-pyo, and tour Dongdaemun Design Plaza and the Samsung Innovation Museum for the latest developments of the culture and creative industry as well as the innovation and technology industry of Korea. He will also address a luncheon hosted by the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (Tokyo) of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government and the Korea International Trade Association where he will meet with local political and economic leaders.

Filibuster finale on landfills
Chairman of the Finance Committee in LegCo Tommy Cheung announced last Friday that only five members are allowed to ask questions in next meeting. However, the Committee is due to vote for the amendments which are anticipated to be numerous.

Information on the funding proposals:
$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.
$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.