SCS visits Electrical and Mechanical Services Department (with photos)

     The Secretary for the Civil Service, Mr Paul Tang, visited the Electrical and Mechanical Services Department (EMSD) today (January 20) to learn more about the work of the department and to take the opportunity to meet its staff.

     Accompanied by the Permanent Secretary for the Civil Service, Mr Raymond Wong, Mr Tang first met with the Director of Electrical and Mechanical Services, Mr Chan Fan, and the directorate staff. He was pleased to learn that the EMSD is committed to making Hong Kong a top-ranking city in electrical and mechanical (E&M) safety and energy utilisation as well as improving the quality of life for the community through continuous enhancement of its E&M engineering services.

     Mr Tang then toured the Education Path, which comprises a viewing gallery on the roof and an exhibition gallery on the ground floor of the department's Headquarters in Kowloon Bay. The path aims to promote awareness of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies as well as introduce the work of the EMSD and its initiatives on sustainable development through the exhibits. On the roof, Mr Tang inspected several renewable energy installations including one of Hong Kong's largest photovoltaic panels.

     Later, Mr Tang visited the exhibition gallery on the ground floor. There are 19 sets of interactive exhibits which provide comprehensive information to the public on renewable and clean energy technologies, energy efficiency schemes, energy efficient building services features and energy data, as well as the EMSD's achievements, its history and its initiatives.

      Mr Tang then proceeded to the motorcycle workshop and was briefed by staff about its daily operation, such as providing maintenance and repair services for motorcycles of all government departments. Mr Tang also visited the Training Workshop and learnt that the department is providing structured training for secondary school leavers and post-secondary graduates under the accredited training schemes for technician trainees. Mr Tang chatted with some technician trainees to better understand their learning environment.

      Before concluding his visit, Mr Tang met with staff representatives of various grades at a tea gathering to exchange views on relevant issues. He encouraged the staff members to continue providing high-quality, efficient and professional services to the public.

Ends/Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Issued at HKT 18:07