Highlights of Carrie Lam’s maiden Policy Address

1. Governance & Politics

1.1 Reforming government structure

  • Revamp the Central Policy Unit into the “Policy Innovation and Co-ordination Unit”
  • Place the Efficiency Unit under the Innovation and Technology Bureau
  • Transfer the Legal Aid Department to the Chief Secretary Office
  • Establish a civil service college

1.2 Archives Law

  • The Law Reform Commission of Hong Kong is studying the possibility of enacting of archives legislation in Hong Kong

1.3 Civic Square

  • Re-open the East Wing Forecourt (a.k.a. Civic Square) by the end of this year

1.4 Online-only media access to government media events

  • Admit online-only mass media to government media events

1.5 Article 23

  • It is briefly mentioned in the Policy Address that the SAR government is obligated to legislate Article 23, but the CE does not provide a concrete timeline for legislation

1.6 Universal Suffrage

  • The CE notes that “we cannot […] rashy embark on political reform once again,” and that if political reform is to be taken forward, it has to be bound by the “831 Decision”.

1.7 Anti-corruption

  • Extend the scope of section 3 and 8 of Prevention of Bribery Ordinance to cover the Chief Executive

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the author

Alex Fok is a Harbour Times journalist monitoring Hong Kong's daily political scene and diplomatic updates. He obtained his bachelor's degree in Economics, Politics and International Studies from University of Warwick and his master's degree in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is a former committee member of the Warwick-based Hong Kong Public Affairs and Social Service Society (WHKPASS) and was the chief editor of the society's magazine - PASSTIMES.