Accompanied by the Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs, Mr Stephen Lam, Permanent Secretary for Development (Works), Mr Mak Chai-kwong, and representatives of the relevant bureaux and departments, the Chief Secretary for Administration, Mr Henry Tang, visited Sichuan from 31 August to 2 September 2009. Mr Tang took the opportunity to inspect the progress of post-quake reconstruction projects supported by HKSAR, attended the opening ceremonies of HKSAR-funded schools and met the leaders of the Sichuan Provincial Government.
On the first day, Mr Tang officiated at the opening ceremony of the teaching complex of Shuimo Middle School in Wenchuan County - a reconstruction project jointly funded by the HKSAR and Foshan Municipality of Guangdong. The delegation also paid a visit to one of the infrastructural projects supported by the HKSAR, i.e. the Provincial Road 303 (Yingxiu to Wolong section) in the Wenchuan County.
The delegation went to Deyang and Nanchong Municipalities and attended a ceremony in Yuenjia Primary School in Jingyang District on the next day. The school was a project undertaken jointly by the Rotary Club of Kowloon West and the Association of Engineering Professionals in Society Ltd with funding support by the HKSAR “Trust Fund in Support of Reconstruction in the Sichuan Earthquake Stricken Areas”. After that, the delegation headed to the Nanchong Municipality to visit another HKSAR-funded project - the Baita Secondary School in Gaoping District which was undertaken by the Association of Chinese Evangelical Ministry Ltd. During the visit to Nanchong Fujiang Road Primary School which was also funded by the HKSAR, Mr Tang encouraged students to contribute to the country and the reconstruction of their home.
On the last day, the delegation witnessed the signing of the design contract of a flagship medical project, the Sichuan Hong Kong Rehabilitation Centre in the Sichuan Provincial People’s Hospital, and met people receiving treatment at the rehabilitation centre dedicated to those injured in the earthquake.
At the working meeting with Mr Wei Hong, Executive Vice-governor of the Sichuan Provincial Government, the two sides reviewed the progress of reconstruction projects supported by the HKSAR and planned the work for the next stage. With the concerted effort of both Governments, the HKSAR-funded projects, especially those under the first and second stages which had been kicked off earlier, would undergo construction progressively. Mr Tang and Mr Wei agreed that the focus of the next step would be placed on strengthening management and supervision of the projects to ensure quality and proper use of funds.