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July 25 to July 27, 2010

July 25 to July 27, 2010
 
 
Chief Executive Visited Sichuan

Chief Executive Visited Sichuan

Chief Executive Visited Sichuan

The Chief Executive, Mr. Donald Tsang, accompanied by Permanent Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs, Mr. Joshua Law, Permanent Secretary for Development (Works), Mr. Wai Chi-sing, Acting Permanent Secretary for Food and Health (Health), Mrs Susan Mak, Director of Information Services, Mr. Michael Wong, and representatives of the Education Bureau, the Labour and Welfare Bureau and the Home Affairs Bureau, visited Sichuan from 25 July to 27 July 2010. Mr. Tsang took the opportunity to inspect the progress of the reconstruction projects supported by the HKSAR, visited the frontline workers to give his support and attended a high-level working meeting with the leaders of the Sichuan Provincial Government.

On the first day upon arrival, the delegation went to Ya'an, a seriously damaged area in the earthquake in Wenchuan County to inspect the progress of the post-quake restoration and reconstruction programmes for the Wolong Nature Reserve supported by the HKSAR. The Chief Executive and his wife visited the Bi Feng Xia Base of the China Conservation and Research Centre for the Giant Panda at Wolong to see how the small pandas were raised and conserved.

On the next day, the delegation went to Deyang City in the morning to inspect the progress of the Dongqi Hospital and the Dongqi Primary School reconstruction projects supported by the HKSAR, followed by a visit to the Deyang City Disabled Persons’ Federation & Hong Kong Red Cross Rehabilitation, Prosthetic and Orthotic Centre funded by the Hong Kong Red Cross. The Chief Executive and his wife extended their best wishes to the victims under rehabilitation and thanked the volunteer workers for their selflessness in caring the injured. The delegation returned to Chengdu in the afternoon. They visited the construction site of the Sichuan-Hong Kong Rehabilitation Centre and met the representatives of non-government organisations involved in the reconstruction projects with funding support by the HKSAR "Trust Fund in Support of Reconstruction in the Sichuan Earthquake Stricken Areas". Experiences were shared and the frontline workers were encouraged to continue with their hard work in the reconstruction. The Chief Executive then attended a high-level working meeting with the leaders of the Sichuan Provincial Government to review the progress of the reconstruction programmes supported by the HKSAR and discuss the future work plan.

On the last day, the delegation paid a visit to the Provincial Road 303 Yingxiu to Wolong section, one of the infrastructural projects supported by the HKSAR. The delegation, through speaking to the workers on site, gained a better understanding of not only the works being carried out at this section which is the only access to Wolong, but also the challenges they faced in the course of construction. The Chief Executive then went to the ruins of the Xuankou Middle School to pay tribute as well as to present flowers to the Wenchuan quake victims and the personnel who lost their lives in their brave and selfless acts during the rescue operation in the quake.

In concluding his three-day visit to Sichuan, the Chief Executive said that his last visit to Sichuan was one month after the Wenchuan earthquake when he saw ruins everywhere. Deeply touched by the heartbreaking scenes, the people of Hong Kong have been taking very seriously the reconstruction work supported by the HKSAR. Most of these projects were making good progress so far. The governments of Sichuan and HKSAR would strengthen co-operation to ensure the reconstruction works would be carried out and completed on schedule, without compromising their quality and safety. Upon completion of these projects, the HKSAR Government was willing to offer assistance, where necessary, to relevant organisations in manpower training and other support.