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May 4 to May 6, 2011

May 4 to May 6, 2011
 
 
Chief Secretary for Administration Visited Sichuan

Chief Executive Visited Sichuan

Chief Executive Visited Sichuan

The Chief Secretary for Administration, Mr Henry Tang visited Sichuan from 4 May to 6 May 2011. Accompanying him during the visit were the Secretary for Development, Mrs Carrie Lam, the Permanent Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs, Mr Joshua Law, Team Leader (Sichuan Reconstruction) of the Development Bureau, Mr Mak Chai-kwong, the Under Secretary for Education, Mr Kenneth Chen, and representatives of related bureaux and departments. Mr Tang took the opportunity to attend a high-level meeting with the leaders of the Sichuan Provincial Government, inspect the sites of the reconstruction projects supported by the HKSAR, and attend a ceremony to commemorate the completion of a number of HKSAR-funded reconstruction projects in the Sichuan earthquake stricken areas.

Upon arrival in the afternoon of 4 May, the delegation attended the High-level Meeting under the Coordination Mechanism for HKSAR's Participation in Restoration and Reconstruction in Sichuan. The two sides exchanged views on the latest development of the reconstruction projects supported by the HKSAR and were generally satisfied with their progress. They agreed to strengthen co-operation and exchanges in liaison and coordination, problem-solving and quality assurance of the projects. As for the work in the next stage, both sides would consider how to work closer together in providing the support of software, such as manpower training and operation management, so as to optimize the functions of the hardware.

On the next day, the delegation headed to Deyang Municipality where they inspected the Dongqui Primary School and visited the pupils having lessons there. The CS had led a delegation in 2009 to inspect the former site of Dongqui Primary School damaged during the quake in Hanwang of Mianzhu Municipality. The rebuilding of the school on another site was funded by the HKSAR. Besides, the delegation also visited the Second Deyang Municipality Hospital, Guanghan Rehabilitation Centre, the Sichuan-Hong Kong Rehabilitation Centre in Chengdu, as well as the Sichuan Olympic School in Doujiangyan, which is funded by the Hong Kong Jockey Club. After that, the delegation went to inspect the residential reconstruction projects in Doujiangyan to see the significant improvement in livelihood of the people in the earthquake stricken areas brought by the reconstruction efforts.

On the last day, the CS and the delegation attended a ceremony in Chengdu marking the works completion of a number of reconstruction projects. The CS stated in his speech that the completion of 39 projects within two years or so was the result of collaboration between the two governments. The peak period of construction would be between end of this year and early next year, during which a total of 100 projects would be completed. The good progress of the HK-funded projects was not only a driving force encouraging both parties to take forward the works in future, but also a sign of comradeship between the people of Sichuan and Hong Kong.