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Xia Baolong holds more exchanges

On day two of his inspection visit, CPC Central Committee Hong Kong & Macao Work Office Director and State Council Hong Kong & Macao Affairs Office Director Xia Baolong met lawmakers and entrepreneurs.   Mr Xia, accompanied by Chief Executive John Lee, had an engagement session with all Executive Council non-official members this morning.   In the company of Mr Lee and Chief Secretary Chan Kwok-ki, Mr Xia had another engagement session with Legislative Council President Andrew Leung and LegCo members which was attended by the chairmen and deputy chairmen of the LegCo House Committee, Finance Committee and its two subcommittees as well as the 18 LegCo panels.   In the afternoon, Mr Xia, accompanied by Secretary for Justice Paul Lam and Deputy Secretary for Justice Cheung Kwok-kwan, inspected the International Organization for Mediation Preparatory Office where he was briefed by its Director-General Sun Jin on the office’s preparatory work and progress.   Mr Xia t

CE-elect's office established

The Government announced today that the Office of the Chief Executive-elect has been set up to ensure a smooth transition to the new term of government following the 2022 Chief Executive Election this Sunday.   Former Director of Administration Daniel Cheng has assumed the post of Secretary-General (designate) of the office.   The office will support the Chief Executive-elect in forming a governing team and preparing for policy plans based on the Chief Executive-elect’s manifesto.   It will also collaborate with the incumbent Government for a smooth transition, including making arrangements for major events relating to the celebration of the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to the motherland, and liaise with different sectors of the community.   Housed on the 26th floor of the Immigration Tower in Wan Chai, the office will have five directorate posts and over 20 non-directorate places. It will formally operate from the day the sixth-term CE is elected and will close by June 30.   On Mr Cheng’s appointment, Secretary for the Civil Service Patrick Nip said: “Mr Cheng is a seasoned administrative officer with rich experience in public administration. I believe that he will serve with professionalism in the new capacity to ensure a smooth transition to the new term of government.”   Separately, Director-General of Trade & Industry Brian Lo will succeed Mr Cheng as Director of Administration from today.   “Mr Lo is a seasoned administrative officer with proven leadership and management skills. I have every confidence that he will serve with professionalism in his new capacity,” Mr Nip stated.
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