Chief Secretary Matthew Cheung said the 2020 Policy Address reflects the Government’s determination and commitment to leading Hong Kong back on the right track and charge ahead.
Mr Cheung made the remarks after Chief Executive Carrie Lam delivered her Policy Address today in the Legislative Council.
He noted that the Policy Address contained more than 200 new policy initiatives which he described as innovative and groundbreaking.
“The Policy Address seeks to restore Hong Kong’s constitutional order, consolidate and enhance Hong Kong’s strengths, diversify its economic development and build on our past efforts to continue to improve people’s well-being.
“The Policy Address is a holistic, forward-looking and visionary policy blueprint. It provides, if I may say so, a new runway and a flight path for Hong Kong to relaunch and fly high.”
Noting that the city had been hit by both social unrest and the COVID-19 epidemic over the past year, Mr Cheung said social stability and calm in Hong Kong have been restored with the enactment of the National Security Law.
He said: “The measures announced in the Policy Address fully reflect that the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government is fully determined and committed to leading Hong Kong back on the right track and charge ahead.
“We will firmly adhere to the Constitution and the Basic Law in ensuring the ‘one country, two systems’ principle is fully and accurately implemented.”
Mr Cheung thanked the Central People’s Government for its staunch support for Hong Kong’s developments on multiple fronts.
He said Hong Kong has to make the best use of the new opportunities brought to the city as the nation enters a new phase of development.
“We have to fully utilise our unique strengths under ‘one country, two systems’ and focus on business opportunities arising from better integration with overall national development.
“We should be a proactive participant in domestic circulation, and a facilitator in international circulation in the context of the dual circulation development pattern.”
Citing the closing remarks of the Policy Address, Mr Cheung said in the coming year, the Government will redouble its efforts to bring the epidemic under control, revive the economy, restore social order, and rebuild Hong Kong’s international image and reputation.
“I fervently believe that with the full co-operation of everybody in Hong Kong, we will soon be able to overcome the epidemic and successfully relaunch Hong Kong,” he added.