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Chief Executive-elect Carrie Lam unveils new Hong Kong SAR Government

HK Asia's World CityHong Kong e-News – 21 June 2017

The names of the Principal Officials (ministers) of the next Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) Government were announced on 21 June. They will take office on 1 July 2017.

Speaking at a press conference, Hong Kong’s Chief Executive-elect, Mrs Carrie Lam, said she had nominated the 21 Principal Officials to the Central People’s Government (CPG) in accordance with Hong Kong’s constitutional document, the Basic Law, and their appointment had been approved by CPG. Mrs Lam expressed her heartfelt gratitude to the CPG for its trust in and support for her and her governing team.

Mrs Lam noted that there were many familiar faces among the 16 politically accountable officials. Six were Secretaries of Departments and Directors of Bureaux and four were Under Secretaries of the current-term Government. Four were civil servants-turned-politically accountable officials and one was the incumbent Director of the Chief Executive’s Office. Academic Dr Law Chi-kwong will be joining the Government for the first time.

Among the five non-politically accountable Principal Officials, the Commissioner of the Independent Commission Against Corruption and the Director of Audit, as well as the Commissioner of Police and the Director of Immigration will be serving a second term. The Commissioner of Customs and Excise (designate), Mr Hermes Tang, will be joining as a new Principal Official.

“Though some will say that my governing team consists of familiar faces, I wish to say that they all agree with my new style of governance and support the idea that the Government should play more active roles, while officials on the fiscal side have no disagreement with my new philosophy of public finance management,” Mrs Lam said.

« Together, my team and I will strive to rebuild social harmony, enhance public confidence in the Government and ensure that the Government will better align its work with public aspirations.

« Just as I have made it clear in my election slogan, my team and I will realise the goal of « people-oriented » governance through listening, caring and action. We hereby invite different sectors of the community to connect with us in promoting the economy, improving people’s livelihood and advancing democracy.

« Faced with a changing environment, the whole politically accountable team and the civil service must have new thinking and adopt a new work culture. « Innovative », « Interactive », « Collaborative » (…) will be the motto guiding the work of my team and me », Mrs Lam added.

Fifth Term Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) Government

Secretaries of Departments

Chief Secretary for Administration, Mr Matthew CHEUNG Kin-chung (remains in current post, incumbent since January 2017)
Mr Cheung was appointed Chief Secretary for Administration in January 2017. He joined the Hong Kong Government Administrative Service in 1971 and has served in many different policy bureaux and departments, including as Secretary for Labour and Welfare (July 2007-January 2017).

Financial Secretary, Mr Paul MP CHAN (remains in current post, since January 2017)
Mr Chan has been Financial Secretary since January 2017. He has over 30 years’ experience in the accounting sector and is a former Chairman of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, Hong Kong. He was Secretary for Development from July 2012 to January 2017.

Secretary for Justice, Mr Rimsky YUEN Kwok-keung, SC (remains in current post, since July 2012)
Secretary for Justice since July 2012, he was a barrister in private practice before joining the Government, specialising in commercial disputes. He also served as an arbitrator in international arbitration and a mediator in commercial disputes

Directors of Policy Bureaux

Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, Mr Edward YAU Tang-wah (currently Director of the Chief Executive’s Office, since July 2012)
Mr Yau joined the Government’s Administrative Service in 1999. Previous postings include Secretary for the Environment, Director-General of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Washington DC, Deputy Director-General of Trade and Secretary for the Environment.

Secretary for the Environment, Mr WONG Kam-sing (remains in current post, since July 2012)
Mr Wong was a professional architect before joining the Government. He has been Vice-President of the Hong Kong Institute of Architects, Chairman of the Professional Green Building Council, Member of the Support Group on « Building Design to Foster a Quality and Sustainable Built Environment » and Convenor of the Support Group on « Combating Climate Change: Energy Saving and Carbon Emission Reduction in Buildings » of the Council for Sustainable Development.

Secretary for Home Affairs, Mr LAU Kong-wah (remains in current post, since July 2015)
Mr Lau became an elected District Councillor in Sha Tin in 1985 and was re-elected until 2003. He became an elected Sha Tin District Councillor again in 2011. He was a member of the Legislative Council (January 1997-September 2012) and a member of the Executive Council (October 2008-June 2012). He was Under Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs (December 2012-July 2015).

Secretary for Innovation and Technology, Mr Nicholas W YANG (remains in current post, since November 2015)
Mr Yang worked as Executive Director and Deputy Group Managing Director for Shell Electric Mfg (Holdings) Ltd until August 1999. He took up various posts in several technology, venture capital and private equity firms from 1999 to 2003. He was Chief Executive Officer of the Hong Kong Cyberport Management Company Ltd (October 2003-February 2010), Executive Vice President of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (March 2010-February 2015) and was appointed as Non-official Member of the Executive Council and Advisor to the Chief Executive on Innovation and Technology in March 2015.

Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury, Mr James Henry LAU Jr. (currently Under Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury, since 2014)
Mr Lau joined the Government Administrative Service in 1979. He joined the Hong Kong Monetary Authority in 1993 and was the Head and Executive Director of various divisions of the HKMA until 2004, when he was seconded to the Hong Kong Mortgage Corporation as its CEO until he retired in December 2012.

Secretary for Labour and Welfare, Mr LAW Chi-kwong
Mr Law has been teaching in the Department of Social Work (later renamed Department of Social Work and Social Administration) of the University of Hong Kong since 1981 and is currently an associate professor and a former Head of the Department (1993-1997). A former member of the Democratic Party, he was a member of the Legislative Council (1995-1997, 1998-2004).

Secretary for the Civil Service, Mr Joshua LAW Chi-kong (currently Permanent Secretary for Security, since July 2012.)
Mr Law joined the Government’s Administrative Service in September 1980 and has served in the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in New York, the former Civil Service Branch and the former Education and Manpower Branch. He became Private Secretary to the Chief Executive in July 1997, Director-General of Trade in August 1999, Permanent Representative of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the PRC to the World Trade Organization in September 2002, and Permanent Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs in July 2007.

Secretary for Security, Mr John LEE Ka-chiu (currently Under Secretary for Security, since September 2012).
Mr Lee joined the Hong Kong Police Force in 1977 as a Probationary Inspector and after a series of promotions became Deputy Commissioner in September 2010. He is a former Assistant Commissioner (Crime) and Director of Crime and Security, and Deputy Commissioner (Management).

Secretary for Transport and Housing, Mr Frank CHAN FAN (currently Director of Electrical and Mechanical Services, since December 2011, and Electrical and Mechanical Services Trading Fund General Manager)
An electronics engineer, Mr Chan Fan joined the Electrical and Mechanical Services Department in August 1982 and was appointed as Deputy Director of Electrical and Mechanical Services in January 2009.

Secretary for Food and Health, Professor Sophia CHAN Siu-chee (currently Under Secretary for Food and Health, since November 2012.)
Prior to joining the Government, Prof Chan was a Professor of Nursing and Head of Department of the University of Hong Kong’s Department of Nursing Studies/Head of the School of Nursing. She was also Assistant Dean of the Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine and Deputy Director of the Public Health Research Centre of HKU, and has been a consultant to the World Health Organization.

Secretary for Development, Mr Michael WONG Wai-lun (currently Permanent Secretary for Development (Planning and Lands), since August 2015.)
Mr Wong joined the Government’s Administrative Service in August 1985 and served in various bureaux and departments, including as Director of Information Services (August 2009) and Director of Marine (February 2014).

Secretary for Education, Mr Kevin YEUNG Yun-hung (currently Under Secretary for Education, since November 2012).
Mr Yeung worked in the private sector for seven years before joining the Government as an Administrative Officer in November 1992. He has worked in the Food and Health Bureau, the Home Affairs Bureau and the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Sydney, among others

Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs, Mr Patrick NIP Tak-kuen (currently Permanent Secretary for Food and Health (Health), since July 2016).
Mr Yip joined the Government’s Administrative Service in August 1986 and has worked in a wide range of policy bureaux and departments, including the former Health and Welfare Bureau, the Office of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in Beijing and the former Health, Welfare and Food Bureau.

Principal Officials heading the disciplined services, the Independent Commission Against Corruption and the Audit Commission

Commissioner, Independent Commission Against Corruption, Mr Simon PEH Yun-lu (remains in post, since July 2012)
Mr Peh joined the Immigration Department as an Immigration Officer in April 1978 and is a former Director of Immigration (April 2008-March 2011).

Commissioner of Police, Mr LO Wai-chung (remains in post, since May 2015)
Mr Lo joined the Hong Kong Police Force in July 1984 and held posts in the fields of criminal investigations, security and operations as well as management work, including as Deputy Commissioner (Operations) in 2013 and Deputy Commissioner (Management) in 2014. He was seconded to the INTERPOL General Secretariat in Lyon (October 1999-June 2002), first as a Liaison Officer and later promoted within this organisation to serve as the Assistant Director heading the INTERPOL Asia and South Pacific Branch.

Director of Audit, Mr David SUN Tak-kei (remains in post, since July 2012)
Mr Sun joined Ernst & Young in 1977 and was Far East Area Chairman when he retired in 2010. Mr Sun is a former President of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants, a former Chairman of the Mandatory Provident Fund Schemes Advisory Committee and a former Chairman of the Council of the City University of Hong Kong. He is a fellow member of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Director of Immigration Mr Erick TSANG Kwok-wai (remains in post, since April 2016)
Commissioner of Customs and Excise, Mr Hermes Tang Yi-hoi (currently Deputy Commissioner for Customs and Excise, since January 2016).
Mr Tsang joined the Immigration Department in April 1987 and became Deputy Director of Immigration in July 2014.

Chief Executive’s Office

The Government announced the appointment of Mr CHAN Kwok-ki (currently Director of Chief Executive-elect’s Office, since May 2017) as the Director of the Chief Executive’s Office. Mr Chan joined the Immigration Department in October 1982 and is a former Director of Immigration (March 2011-April 2016).

For the full biographies and photos of the new government members, please see http://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/201706/21/P2017062100346.htm

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