Carrie Lam in Bei­jing for wide-rang­ing talks

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - FRONT PAGE - By WILLA WU in Hong Kong willa@chi­nadai­

Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet­ngor, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Hong Kong, told re­porters be­fore fly­ing to Bei­jing on Sun­day that she will discuss con­crete mea­sures to en­hance her city’s role in the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive dur­ing her first of­fi­cial visit to the cap­i­tal since as­sum­ing of­fice.

Lam dis­cussed the main pur­poses of her visit, in­clud­ing plans to push de­vel­op­ment of the Guang­dong-Hong Kong-Ma­cao Greater Bay Area, and poli­cies to help Hong Kong peo­ple work, study and live in the Chi­nese main­land.

She said she would also com­mu­ni­cate with main­land au­thor­i­ties on op­ti­miz­ing ar­range­ments for a West Kowloon ter­mi­nus for the Hong Kong sec­tion of the Guangzhou-Shen­zhen-Hong Kong ex­press rail link, af­ter hav­ing re­ceived feed­back from the Hong Kong pub­lic.

The plan, an­nounced by the gov­ern­ment of the spe­cial ad­min­is­tra­tive re­gion on July 25, is to pro­vide pas­sen­gers with one-stop ser­vices to go through bor­der con­trols, in­clud­ing Hong Kong and main­land cus­toms, im­mi­gra­tion and quar­an­tine.

Lam’s trip to Bei­jing, which will end on Wednes- day, comes af­ter her first over­seas vis­its to Sin­ga­pore and Bangkok from Aug 2 to 4, dur­ing which she aimed to en­hance co­op­er­a­tion be­tween Hong Kong and the As­so­ci­a­tion of South­east Asian Na­tions.

Joe Chau Kwok-ming, pres­i­dent of the Hong Kong Gen­eral Cham­ber of Small and Medium Busi­ness, said he hoped Lam would bring back the lat­est in­for­ma­tion on in­vest­ing in the main­land and over­seas.

Chau noted that many small and medium-sized en­ter­prises in Hong Kong had lim­ited ac­cess to, and out­dated in­for­ma­tion about, re­gions and coun­tries in­volved i n the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive.

He sug­gested Hong Kong’s eco­nomic and trade of­fices get reg­u­lar up­dates from the Min­istry of Com­merce, such as changes in the po­lit­i­cal land­scape, laws and reg­u­la­tions.

Lam said ear­lier that the new Hong Kong gov­ern­ment has achieved sev­eral goals since its in­au­gu­ra­tion on July 1, in­clud­ing getting ap­proval from the Leg­isla­tive Coun­cil to put an ad­di­tional HK$5 bil­lion ($639 mil­lion) to­ward ed­u­ca­tion.

Youth ex­changes have been a fo­cus for Lam’s gov­ern­ment. More than 20,000 young peo­ple from Hong Kong have taken part in gov­ern­ment-funded main­land ex­change pro­grams in the past year.

Now, 50 young peo­ple from the city are in in­tern­ship pro­grams in Bei­jing, as well as in Wo­long, Sichuan prov­ince, and Dun­huang, Gansu prov­ince.

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