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CE mourns Tong Wai-ki

Chief Executive Carrie Lam today expressed deep sorrow over the passing of Hong Kong Taoist Association Chairman Tong Wai-ki.   She said Mr Tong was held in high regard, adding that he had been committed to promoting the Taoist religion and Chinese culture and actively participated in social services and charitable activities, making significant contributions over the years.   He was awarded the Silver Bauhinia Star in 2013.   "I am deeply saddened by the passing of Mr Tong. On behalf of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government, I would like to extend my deepest condolences to his family and the Taoist community," Mrs Lam noted.   Acting Secretary for Home Affairs Patrick Nip also expressed deep condolences over the passing of Mr Tong.   He commended Mr Tong for dedicating his life in promoting the Taoist religion and uniting the Taoist community while actively participating in charitable services and talent nurturing. http://dlvr.it/SHNxxJ

CE's advisory body convenes

The Chief Executive’s Council of Advisers on Innovation & Strategic Development held its 12th meeting today during which members provided their views and suggestions on the 2021 Policy Address.   Chief Executive Carrie Lam said with the implementation of the National Security Law and improvements to the electoral system, stability had been restored and the relationship between the Executive and the Legislature improved. Consequently, there were rising expectations for more effective governance and a greater resolve to address some long standing problems in Hong Kong society.   Members shared Mrs Lam’s view that the Government should demonstrate in the coming Policy Address, albeit this being the last one in the current-term Government, determination in resolving “bottlenecks” in land and housing supply, nurturing talent, offering diversified career opportunities for young people, providing affordable medical care, and building a more charming and liveable Hong Kong.   They opined that the 2021 Policy Address should be forward-looking and visionary, setting eyes on the future to instil hope and confidence.   Mrs Lam noted that the Government will assure the local and international community that Hong Kong’s fundamental strengths have not changed, with the rule of law as robust as ever.   She pointed out that Hong Kong has a bright future under “one country, two systems” and will emerge stronger by leveraging its traditional strengths and seizing opportunities arising from the 14th Five-Year Plan, the Greater Bay Area development and the Belt & Road Initiative.   Members congratulated Hong Kong athletes for their excellent performance at the Tokyo Olympic Games and appreciated the Government’s move to purchase the broadcasting rights for free use by all television stations which had helped create social cohesion in society.   They were also briefed on the city’s latest state of play in innovation and technology (I&T) and the strategies in developing an international I&T hub with the central government’s support under the 14th Five-Year Plan.
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