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GBA rule of law action plan released

The Action Plan on the Construction of Rule of Law in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area has been released, the Department of Justice (DoJ) announced today.   Secretary for Justice Paul Lam explained that the action plan has two intentions, namely to underpin the guiding principle of “Three Interfaces, Two Connects & One Greater Bay Area”, and strengthen collaboration with the legal and dispute resolution sectors and other stakeholders to effectively implement policy measures set out in the plan.   Through mechanisms, regulatory frameworks and talent – the “three interfaces” – the DoJ said it will promote hardware and software connectivity in constructing rule of law in the bay area, co-operation between the various cities according to their respective strengths, and collaboration between different legal systems, thereby eventually achieving the goal of “one Greater Bay Area”.   Deputy Secretary for Justice Cheung Kwok-kwan, who is also the leading Hong Kong

Jack Chan named Ombudsman

​The Government today announced the appointment of Jack Chan as the new Ombudsman for a term of five years starting April 1.


The appointment is made by Chief Executive John Lee in accordance with The Ombudsman Ordinance.


Mr Chan is a seasoned and experienced former senior government official, who had served the Government for nearly 40 years.


He was appointed Under Secretary for Home Affairs in the fifth-term Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government, and had served as Acting Secretary for Home Affairs from January 24 to June 30, 2022.


Mr Lee said: “I am confident that with Mr Chan’s excellent leadership, decisiveness and rich experience in public administration, he will lead the Office of The Ombudsman to continue carrying out its statutory functions and ensuring efficiency in the public administration of Hong Kong.”


Mr Lee also wished outgoing Ombudsman Winnie Chiu a happy life ahead, saying that Ms Chiu led her office with the mission of enhancing the quality and level of the city's public administration.


An open recruitment exercise was conducted earlier to select the new Ombudsman. The selection board was chaired by the Chief Secretary, with Chan Kin-por, Frank Chan and the Director of Administration as members.

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