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Friday, July 29, 2016, 19:01

Veteran public servant Yvonne Choi to oversee B&R


HONG KONG - Hong Kong's Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying on Friday appointed Yvonne Choi Ying-pik as the Commissioner for Belt and Road.

The appointment will be effective from Aug 1, 2016, until June 30, 2017.

In his Policy Address early this year, Leung vowed to set up a steering committee and an office dedicated to the Belt and Road Initiative (B&R) to formulate strategies and policies for Hong Kong's participation in the development drive.

Upon the appointment, Leung stressed that as the most open city of China, Hong Kong can make full use of the dual advantages of "One Country" and "Two Systems" to seize the opportunity of B&R to promote the social and economic development of Hong Kong and enhance competitiveness.

As the commissioner for Belt and Road, Choi will assist the CE in making good use of the new development opportunities for Hong Kong under B&R by establishing liaison with government departments and various sectors of the community through the steering committee for B&R and the Belt and Road Office, according to Leung.

Choi will also provide recommendations and advice to the CE and the steering committee in formulating and implementing strategies under B&R.

Choi, who will not be remunerated for the position, has to report directly to the CE.

Aged 65, Choi graduated from the University of Hong Kong in 1973 with a bachelor’s degree in arts. She joined the government in the same year. In the 1980s, she worked as a consultant in the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development. She joined the administrative service in 1989 and retired in 2012.

Choi was awarded the Gold Bauhinia Star in 2011 by the government, and appointed a Justice of Peace in 2012, according to a government press release.

Choi served in various government positions, including deputy representative in the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Geneva, deputy director-general of trade, deputy secretary for trade and industry, director of information services and permanent secretary for commerce and economic development.

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