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Sixth antechamber exchange session kicks off with suggestion to scrap PCR tests for mainland border crossing 

Sixth antechamber exchange session kicks off with suggestion to scrap PCR tests for mainland border crossing 

Over 50 Hong Kong lawmakers led by Deputy Financial Secretary Michael Wong Wai-lun on Wednesday morning took part in the government’s sixth "antechamber exchange session," the city’s monthly meeting between the executive branch and legislative body.
The session, which was joined by President of the Legislative Council Andrew Leung Kwan-yuen; Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Algernon Yau Ying-wah, and Secretary for Development Bernadette Linn Hon-ho, will focus on six issues ranging from attracting outstanding enterprises and talents for the city, establishing construction in harbors, improving integrated modular construction, facilitating intellectual property trading, streamlining administrative procedures, to developing the exhibition industry.

Lawmaker Edward Leung Hei advocated in the session that the government streamline the procedure of crossing customs, suggesting that inbound travelers not be asked to present Covid nucleic acid test results before their trips.

"The government could also consider replacing the requirements for mandatory nucleic acid test reports with pictures showing the visitors’ rapid antigen test results," he said, "This will prevent visitors from being unable to enter Hong Kong in time without a nucleic acid test report, or Hong Kong residents from being stranded in the mainland and unable to return."

The development minister Linn raised plans for the government to study infrastructure projects in Victor Harbor, saying all the construction will be implemented under the principle of no reclamation.

Yau, Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, said the government is amending the copyright ordinance to promote Hong Kong as a regional intellectual property center.

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