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Friday, March 31, 2017, 01:18

Education, youth development high on Lam’s list

By Deng Yanzi
Education, youth development high on Lam’s list
Chief Executive-elect Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor talks to students at her alma mater, St Francis’ Canossian College, in Wan Chai on Thursday. (Provided to China Daily)

HONG KONG - Chief Executive-elect Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor said the new administration will work to create a better environment for the city’s young people.

Lam made the remarks in her post-election courtesy visit to her alma mater – the St Francis’ Canossian College in Wan Chai – on Thursday.

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The CE-elect vowed that her administration will boost efforts to allocate resources to education and create opportunities for young students to develop their careers.

“We will continue to invest in education and carry out a comprehensive review of the education policy to create an inspiring and fulfilling teaching and learning environment for principals, teachers, students and parents,” Lam said after the visit.

She said that besides strengthening Hong Kong’s traditional pillar industries, her administration will promote emerging industries. This will help the future development of young people.

Lam received her primary and secondary education, spanning 13 years, at St Francis’ Canossian School and College before attending the University of Hong Kong. She thanked the school for helping develop her “ability to care for society”.

Meanwhile Lam, who earlier pledged to “inject new blood” into her administration, said she had already started meeting a number of potential candidates to join her cabinet.

She will also discuss with incumbent senior officials their plans after ending their current terms.

She reiterated that people will be chosen based on their “ability and willingness to serve”, regardless of political affiliations.

Lam’s nomination process officially starts after the central government appoints her. Cabinet members also require central government approval before carrying out their duties.

Lam expected she would visit to Beijing next month to receive the appointment as Chief Executive from the central government. Relevant arrangements were still underway, Lam revealed.

The incumbent CE Leung Chun-ying received his appointment from then premier Wen Jiabao in Beijing on April 10, 2012 – 16 days after winning the CE election.

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