|Ian Fok Chun-wan, a Hong Kong deputy to the 12th NPC and CEO of the Fok Ying Tung Group (Li Zhenyu/People's Daily Online)|
The National People's Congress (NPC) and Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), known as the "two sessions", two of China's most important annual political conventions, concluded not long ago in Beijing.
At the Great Hall of the People in Beijing during the two sessions, this journalist conducted a Q&A interview with Ian Fok Chun-wan, a Hong Kong deputy to the 12th NPC and chief executive officer of the Fok Ying Tung Group. The topics of this interview include China's newly-released government work report, the proposed Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau free trade zone and the ever-growing mainland tourists to Hong Kong.
Q: What's your impression about this year's government work report?
A: I think the government work report is quite impressive. The central government under the new leadership has done very well, especially I think not so much for short-term interventions and so on, but more about long-term economic reforms, you know, allowing the market to play a decisive role in the economy. And I think it's very positive.
Q: As a Hong Kong deputy to the NPC, do you have any suggestions in regard to the state affairs this year?
A: Yes. I suggest, concerning the cooperation between Hong Kong, Macau and the mainland, although there has been much progress so far, there's still much room for improvement. There should be more proactive actions and so on, even in an area that will be jointly managed by the local government, the Hong Kong government and Macau government whatever and so on.
And I also suggest more free flow of people. That's a problem you know, the gate is open, but some doors still haven't opened yet. That's a problem, rules and regulations that govern the whole country. Maybe Hong Kong is a special area, an experimental area that can try out different things.
Q: Speaking of the cooperation between Hong Kong, Macau and the mainland, you know Guangdong province recently submitted a proposal for a free trade zone covering Hong Kong, Macau and part of Guangdong. Do you have any comments about that?
A: Well, I think facilitating the flow of talent between Hong Kong, Macau and the mainland is crucial to Guangdong province's proposed Hong Kong-Macau free trade zone. Now a lot of professionals from Hong Kong are going to the mainland for their career development, but they usually meet some difficulties because of different tax system, vocational qualification and so on between Hong Kong and the mainland. However, the flow of these professionals is very important for this proposed free trade zone.
Q: There has been much debate recently about the ever-growing mainland tourists to Hong Kong. What do you think about that?
A: We welcome tourists from the mainland. Tourism industry has always been of great importance to Hong Kong's economy. Hong Kong needs it for further development.