Lam-led high-profile SAR delegation to visit Beijing

Top News | Cindy Wan 31 Oct 2018

Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor will lead a large high-profile delegation on a trip to Shenzhen and Beijing next month.

The 100-member delegation of businessmen and politicians will first visit Shenzhen and then Beijing on a three-day trip from November 10.

The delegation is expected to be received by national leaders, although this has yet to be confirmed.

Standing Committee member of the National People's Congress Tam Yiu-chung, former chief executive and current vice chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference Leung Chun-ying, West Kowloon Cultural District Authority chairman Henry Tang Ying-yen and developers are among those attending.

According to Tam, the theme of the trip is "the 40th anniversary of the reform and opening up."

All the delegates are people who have contributed to the country's economic reform.

Tam said the trip shows that the central government values Hong Kong and has not forgotten the fact that the SAR brought 80 percent of total foreign investment to the mainland when economic reform began.

As the mainland's economic development has entered a new phase, more policies to further reform and open up will be implemented, he said.

Tam added that Hong Kong's role in the development of the Greater Bay Area will be of vital importance.

The last time a large number of Hong Kong delegates visited Beijing was in September 2014, weeks before the Occupy movement.

Separately, the chairman of the CPPCC Wang Yang met some Hong Kong delegates yesterday. He said Hong Kong CPPCC members are the important link that bridges mainland and the SAR.

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