Civil ser­vants must re­spect ‘one coun­try, two sys­tems’

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - TOP NEWS - By WILLA WU in Hong Kong willa@chi­nadai­

Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Car­rie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor on Tues­day said the govern­ment was still hir­ing un­der sec­re­taries and po­lit­i­cal as­sis­tants who re­spect the prin­ci­ple of “one coun­try, two sys­tems” and the Ba­sic Law.

She made the re­marks when asked about re­quire­ments for the city’s of­fi­cials and civil ser­vants.

Lam told an ear­lier me­dia brief­ing they should stream­line ad­min­is­tra­tion and del­e­gate more power to lower lev­els. This is in or­der to main­tain a high level of ef­fi­ciency and re­duce pres­sure.

Lam noted that the civil ser- vants should con­tinue to be at­ten­tive to their du­ties and the im­ple­men­ta­tion of “one coun­try, two sys­tems”. They should also main­tain pros­per­ity and sta­bil­ity of the city and ac­tively ad­dress peo­ple’s needs.

The new leader ac­knowl­edged civil ser­vants’ hard work over the past 20 years. Lam urged them to work closely with her to achieve the govern­ment’s new goal — which she pro­posed in her elec­tion man­i­festo — as an ex­cel­lent “public ser­vice provider, su­per­vi­sor, fa­cil­i­ta­tor and pro­moter”.

Lam’s re­quire­ments for civil ser­vants echoed Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping’s speech de­liv­ered on July 1 at the swear­ing-in cer­e­mony. The State leader dis­cussed the cen­tral govern­ment’s ex­pec­ta­tions for Hong Kong’s fifth-term govern­ment.

Xi re­ferred to a clas­si­cal Chi­nese quote: “It is a shame if an of­fi­cial al­ways avoids things.”

The pres­i­dent said he hoped of­fi­cials and civil ser­vants would be re­spon­si­ble and res­o­lute when ad­dress­ing dif­fi­cult prob­lems.

The Hong Kong govern­ment in­tro­duced the Po­lit­i­cal Ap­point­ments Sys­tem in 2008, with two lay­ers of po­lit­i­cally ap­pointed of­fi­cials — un­der sec­re­taries and po­lit­i­cal as­sis­tants — serv­ing be­low sec­re­taries.

The govern­ment has three key sec­re­taries — chief sec­re­tary for ad­min­is­tra­tion, sec­re­tary for jus­tice and fi­nan­cial sec­re­tary — and 13 sec­re­taries.

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