The Week Ahead December 29th

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It is possible that we can dump some of our construction waste in mainland waters in the future as Secretary for the Environment meets with State Oceanic Administration in Guangzhou to discuss it today. Also this week, Deloitte will meet with ATV staff and there will be a LegCo meeting on railway issues.

Dumping construction waste in mainland waters

Secretary for the Environment Mr Wong Kam-sing leads a delegation comprising representatives of the Environmental Protection Department and the Civil Engineering and Development Department to attend the ninth Joint Liaison Meeting with the State Oceanic Administration in Guangzhou today. They will discuss the operation and future work plan to ‘reuse’ Hong Kong’s inert construction and demolition materials in mainland waters.

ATV plight

Deloitte China southern region managing partner Derek Lai Ka-yan and Deloitte China restructuring services principal Darach Haughey will meet with ATV staff representatives this afternoon and listen to their views. ATV has not paid their staff since November and some of the staff in the English news team claimed that they will stop working after New Year Eve if the delay of pay prolongs.

Subcommittee on Matters Relating to Railways

LegCo meetings will not formerly resume until next week but members are eager to hear from MTR this Friday on the progress update of the construction of the Hong Kong section of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link, construction of the South Island Line (East) and Kwun Tong Line Extension. There will also be a discussion on the outcome of the independent expert review of the MTR’s overhead line system after insulator incidents broke out in February 2014.