10 plans

By Richard High27 February 2008

Hong Kong's government has announced plans to undertake 10 major infrastructure projects which will add more than HKD 100 billion (US$ 12.9 billion) to its economy and create 250000 jobs.

The projects include building railways connecting the airports of Hong Kong and Shenzhen. Other proposed projects include a mass railway link to the southern district of Hong Kong and a rail project between the northeast new territories and Hong Kong island via East Kowloon.

In his first policy address since being re–elected in March, Donald Tsang, head of Government for the city, said, “Infrastructure development can bring about huge economic benefits. Both employment opportunities and wages will increase during the construction stage and upon completion, the infrastructure projects will boost economic activities and improve the living environment.

“These infrastructure developments will consolidate Hong Kong's status as a global city and lay a new foundation for our sustained development in the future.”

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