(STRUCTURE: ANISHA BHADURI; RESEARCH: ANISHA BHADURI, CAROL SIN; DESIGN: ALEX TANG)
A day before her Policy Address, Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor released a briefing for the public summarizing her work progress during her first 100 days - which she described as “fruitful”.
Listing 78 completed or ongoing works by the SAR government, the report covered a wide range of different areas. These included innovation and technology, land supply, education, economic development, social cohesion and medical care.
Listing 78 completed or ongoing works by the SAR government, the report covered a wide range of different areas
One of the highlights was the establishment of the Task Force on Land Supply. This is a cross-sector platform to review the land supply options in a comprehensive manner and to encourage public discussion.
According to latest polls by the University of Hong Kong's Public Opinion Programme, 94 percent of more than 2,000 people surveyed cited housing as the most urgent issue to be tackled in the new Policy Address.
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On education, Lam reminded the public that the government had successfully secured a cross-sector support for an increase in recurrent funding of HK$3.6 billion a year toward the goal of providing quality education. The fund is to boost subsidies for local and non-local undergraduate students and to help improve the teacher-to-class ratio for public sector primary and secondary schools.
Other topics concerning the public will also be discussed in detail in the upcoming Policy Address. These include completion of a review of the roles and functions of the Central Policy Unit; formulation of the implementation details of a two-tiered profits tax rate regime; and a review of the Hospital Authority’s manpower and resource needs.
Assuming office on July 1, Lam promised to tackle major problems confronting Hong Kong, including the housing shortage, education spending and worrying political tensions.