Hong Kong chief's policy address shows gov't commitment: official

21:33, October 13, 2010      

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The policy address, unveiled by Hong Kong Chief Executive Donald Tsang on Wednesday, showed the city government's commitment to the community in its remaining term, Chief Secretary of the Hong Kong government Henry Tang said.

Tsang delivered his annual policy address at the city's 60- member Legislative Council in the day, which was live broadcast to Hong Kong's 7 million people.

Policy address is the annual address by the Chief Executive of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. Usually, it is addressed in October, on the opening of the Legislative Council.

Tang told reporters that the policy address has taken heed of public concerns about livelihood issues. The policy blueprint proposed a series of short-term measures and long-term policies that sought to tackle these concerns head-on, he said.

On the Community Care Fund, Tang said it would be a new platform on top of the various programs and schemes offered by the city government, NGOs and charitable organizations.

Donald Tsang said earlier that he had decided to set up the Community Care Fund, to which the city government and the business sector would each contribute 5 billion HK dollars (644 million U.S. dollars) to support people in need in areas not covered by the Comprehensive Social Security Assistance Scheme.

According to Tang, the fund would render timely support to the underprivileged, with particular focus on those who could not benefit from the existing social services, through the collaboration of community, the business sector, and the government.

"This is a new endeavor. We will work out detailed proposals after listening to the views of the concerned stakeholders," he said.

Describing the Policy Address as "pragmatic" and "forward- looking", Financial Secretary of the city's government John Tsang said he believed the public would welcome the measures outlined in the policy blueprint, particularly the land supply and housing proposals.

Source: Xinhua


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