Persevering in the right direction and courageously moving forward The Expectations of the DAB towards the 2018/2019 Policy Address

31 Jul 2018
Persevering in the right direction and courageously moving forward The Expectations of the DAB towards the 2018/2019 Policy Address
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Over the past year the Government has delivered good results.  Overall, the policies of the Government are well received by the public.  In the coming year, we expect that the Government will continue its good work and will focus on economic development improving livelihood standards, as the current‑term Government sets no easy goals and avoids no difficult tasks. 

We hope that the Government will make good decisions in carrying out its large-scale search for housing sites; at the same time, the Government will adopt an out-of-the-box and versatile approach to find ways to increase the supply of short-term housing, and give priority to assisting the people of Hong Kong buy property.

We hope that the Government will integrate our economic strategy into the strategy for national development, actively invest in innovative technology and build a smart Greater Bay Area. We expect that the Government will promote economic diversity, upgrading and transformation in order to create more opportunities for upwards mobility in Hong Kong and provide more developing areas for Hong Kong industries.

We hope that the Government can adopt the “new fiscal philosophy” to make good use of the financial resources in the areas of education, medical services, elderly services, social welfare services, transport and infrastructure, and renewal of old buildings in old districts.  We expect that the Government will act proactively to improve the people’s livelihood and build a livable smart city.

To this end, we propose over 121 recommendations (in 10 key areas) to the Government in regards to the Policy Address. These include:

  1. Commence work on the construction of artificial islands in the central waters and explore other offshore areas for large scale reclamation.
  2. Establish a highly transparent and credible mechanism to facilitate the development of public housing on private land through the public-private partnership (PPP) arrangement.
  3. Release 1% to 2% of land on the periphery of the country park for development of public housing and welfare facilities through land exchange and compensation arrangements.
  4. Liaise with Mainland authorities to explore the feasibility of renting land in the Greater Bay Area in order to increase the options for land development.
  5. Provide more transitional housing, allow Home Ownership Scheme owners with unpaid premium to rent out their flats and allocate more land for public housing development in order to increase the short-term housing supply.
  6. Introduce tenancy control for grassroots housing in order to make rent affordable for the grassroots and to protect their rental rights.
  7. Introduce a restriction policy on purchases of residential property by non-HK residents in order to restrict external demand from entering the Hong Kong property market.
  8. Assist buyers to purchase properties through a relaxation of mortgage requirements, as well as issuing mortgage insurance premium and stamp duty exemptions.
  9. Set up a Housing, Planning and Lands Bureau to improve the efficiency and accountability of land supply and housing policy implementation.
  10. Introduce measures that help facilitate Hong Kong people to work and live in the Greater Bay Area.
  11. Develop smart cities within the Greater Bay Area through collaborative research and development, technological investment and the establishment of a mechanism qualification accreditation system.
  12. Build an international data center in Hong Kong in order to create a global information hub.
  13. Set up a new Chinese medicine industry fund worth $2 billion to promote development of the Chinese medicine industry.
  14. Promote the development of a high value-added shipping industry, invigorate the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal and promote smart tourism in Hong Kong.
  15. Establish development strategies for the agriculture and fisheries industries and conduct research on allowing the local industry to participate in the agriculture and fisheries industries within the Greater Bay Area.
  16. Improve portability of welfare benefits for the elderly, in order to facilitate the elderly to settle on the Mainland, and to lower the eligible age of senior citizens to 60 years of age to allow them to enjoy the $2 transport fare concession as well as to receive elderly health care vouchers.
  17. Protect the interests of children, and set up a Baby Fund for eligible children aged 18 or below.
  18. Strengthen support for the disadvantaged in society. These include ethnic minorities, people with disabilities and single families.
  19. Promote family-friendly policies, extend paid maternity leave to at least 14 weeks, and gradually implement 17-day paid labor holidays.
  20. Set up public Chinese medicine hospitals and clinics and establish salary scales for Chinese medicine practitioners.
  21. Plan future transport services such as the “New Territories Railway”, improve the East Kowloon Line, and ease the traffic congestion in the New Territories.
  22. Urge the MTR to reform its style of corporate governance in order to safeguard the quality of railway projects and enhance the accountability of
  23. Introduce measures to enhance safety of lifts, and subsidize owners to upgrade their lifts or purchase new lifts.
  24. Promote carbon reduction and waste reduction: formulate a timetable to eliminate plastic waste, encourage drivers to use electric vehicles and conduct research on the Food Donation Bill.
  25. Maintain the dignity of civil servants and review their remuneration packages in order to improve morale.

 

Media Inquiries: DAB Chairperson Starry Lee 7770 0820

July 31st, 2018

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