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Regional and economic development
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A fresh start in 2022 (1): the qualitative change of Hong Kong’s role as an intermediary

Hong Kong has all along been overseas and Mainland enterprises' preference as a base in Asia to develop their regional operations. Over the past decade, Hong Kong's role has gradually evolved from acting as a springboard assisting foreign companies in tapping into the Mainland market to becoming a 'super-connector' bridging the Mainland and global markets. In the face of keen competition from other business locations, how can Hong Kong remain competitive?

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Social mobility and wellbeing
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Can 30 km/h speed limit for vehicles help enhance the walkability and safety?

Hong Kong is densely populated with a large vehicle fleet, as a result, fatal traffic accidents happen from time to time. To reduce the number of accidents, the United Nations has called on policy-makers to limit the maximum vehicle speed to 30km/h at roads where vehicle-pedestrian conflicts are common. What are the justifications for supporting and opposing this measure? Is the initiative feasible in Hong Kong?

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Land, housing and infrastructure
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The revitalisation plan of Yau Mong Districts should shed light on sustainable tourism

It has been for a long time that excessive tourist activities have inflicted significant impacts on Yau Mai Tei and Mong Kok (Yau Mong), leaving residents and small shop tenants in these two old districts suffering in misery. To tackle the problem, the Government should adopt the principle of 'resident-oriented development in an orderly and appropriate manner' and attach equal importance to preservation, conservation and rebuilding to promote the rebirth of Yau Mong districts.

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Land, housing and infrastructure
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Difficulties in developing private land in the New Territories (II): Three critical points to enhance public confidence

To unleash the development potential of privately-owned land in the New Territories, in order to expedite housing supply, the Government is pressing ahead with its in-situ land exchanges and public-private partnership schemes. However, both schemes are likely to arouse public query that the Government is transferring benefits to developers. There are three critical areas that the Government can work on to boost public confidence.

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Land, housing and infrastructure
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Difficulties in developing private land in the New Territories (I): Two measures to revamp land resumption and compensation system

In recent years, the Government has extensively resumed private land in the New Territories to realise its potential for public development purposes. However, there are a number of challenges in land resumption and compensation arrangements, which may easily lead to legal disputes. In this regard, the Government may consider two measures to refine land resumption and compensation mechanism.

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