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Friday, November 25, 2016, 20:31

Two lawmakers appointed to ExCo


HONG KONG - Two incumbent legislators, Tommy Cheung Yu-yan and Martin Liao Cheung-kong, were appointed to the Executive Council (ExCo) on Friday by Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying.

The appointments are effective immediately, according to a government release.

The CE said Cheung and Liao had considerable experience in the Legislative Council and in public service. They had also made significant contributions to their respective sectors.

Leung said he was confident the pair would offer valuable advice and assist the policy-making process.

Cheung said he was pleased to take up the challenge. He said he will work hard to bring the government and the legislature closer together to help the governance of Hong Kong.

He pledged also to articulate the concerns of small- and medium-sized enterprises.

Cheung, 67, is currently the chairman of the Liberal Party. He represents the catering sector in LegCo. He is a member of the Housing Authority and the council of the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Cheung has also served as chairman of the Hong Kong Catering Industry Association and honorary life president of the Association of Restaurant Managers.

Cheung previously served as a member of the Eastern District Council, the Liquor Licensing Board, the Business Facilitation Advisory Committee and the Advisory Committee on Admission of Quality Migrants and Professionals.

In 2015, Cheung was awarded the Gold Bauhinia Star.

Liao, a 59-year-old barrister, represents the commercial industry in LegCo. He is also deputy to the National People's Congress and the chairman of the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorist Financing (Financial Institutions) Review Tribunal.

Currently, he is a convener of the pro-establishment camp in LegCo.

Liao previously served as a temporary judge of the District Court of Hong Kong. He was also a chairman of the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications and a council member of the University of Hong Kong.

Liao was also a council member of the Hong Kong Bar Association, member of the Copyright Tribunal and part-time member of the Central Policy Unit.

He was awarded the Silver Bauhinia Star in 2014.

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