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Under the leadership of the Chief Executive, the current-term Government is committed to promoting economic development, improving people's livelihood, and taking forward constitutional development for more effective governance. We seek change while maintaining stability, adopt an appropriately proactive approach, attach importance to long-term planning and have abandoned the mindset of focusing on short-term needs. As the Chief Secretary for Administration, I dedicate myself to assisting the Chief Executive in implementing his policy blueprint. My work in the next few years will focus on three priorities.
The first is poverty alleviation. The current-term Government is determined to tackle the poverty problem. To this end, the Commission on Poverty (CoP) was set up in late 2012 under my chairmanship, and published the first official poverty line at the CoP Summit in September 2013. In the light of the promulgation of the poverty line and analysis of the poverty situation in Hong Kong, the Chief Executive announced in his 2014 Policy Address a comprehensive list of policy initiatives on poverty alleviation and support for the disadvantaged, which form the current-term Government's blueprint for poverty alleviation. I will work with the CoP and the relevant bureaux to actively follow up on the various tasks and ensure that the needy in our society receive the necessary support.
The Chief Executive has pledged to formulate a population policy in his Election Manifesto. The reconstituted Steering Committee on Population Policy launched a four-month public engagement exercise in October 2013 on how should Hong Kong deal with the future demographic challenges. After examining and analysing the views collected, the Chief Executive has announced in his 2015 Policy Address the action plans and specific measures on population policy, with a view to promoting Hong Kong's sustainable social and economic development in the long run. I will continue to steer the work of the relevant bureaux in this regard.
On its mission to take forward Hong Kong's democratic development, the SAR Government is committed to implementing universal suffrage for the 2017 Chief Executive election in accordance with the Basic Law and the relevant interpretation and decisions of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPCSC). The Task Force on Constitutional Development headed by me was set up in October 2013, the Chief Executive submitted a report to the NPCSC in July last year, following the completion of a five-month first round public consultation. After considering the report of the SAR Government and views from different sectors of the Hong Kong community, the NPCSC decided on 31 August last year that universal suffrage for the Chief Executive election can be implemented from 2017. This decision concluded Step Two of the “Five-step Process” on constitutional development. We launched the second round consultation on constitutional development on 7 January this year. Members of the public are invited to express views on the method of universal suffrage for the Chief Executive election. This is part of the preparation for Step Three of the “Five-step Process”, which requires the Government to propose a constitutional reform package to Legislative Council. The Task Force will continue to listen to the views from all sectors of the community with a view to implementing universal suffrage for the 2017 Chief Executive election in accordance with the law.
I look forward to your views and suggestions on the above work. You are most welcome to communicate with me by email or other channels. Thank you.
Chief Secretary for Administration