HK’s Lam gives pri­or­ity to hous­ing, econ­omy

Shanghai Daily - - NATION - (Xin­hua)

CHIEF Ex­ec­u­tive of China’s Hong Kong Spe­cial Ad­min­is­tra­tive Re­gion Car­rie Lam yes­ter­day de­liv­ered her pol­icy ad­dress, high­light­ing hous­ing, econ­omy, peo­ple’s liveli­hood and young peo­ple’s de­vel­op­ment.

It was Lam’s se­cond pol­icy ad­dress since she was sworn in on July 1, 2017.

Lam said the pol­icy ad­dress, ti­tled Striv­ing Ahead Rekin­dling Hope, cov­ers good gov­er­nance, hous­ing and land, di­ver­si­fied econ­omy, nur­tur­ing tal­ent, im­prov­ing peo­ple’s liveli­hood, liv­able city and con­nect­ing with young peo­ple.

In the ad­dress, the chief ex­ec­u­tive said the HKSAR gov­ern­ment would in­tro­duce steps to solve the hous­ing prob­lem fac­ing Hong Kong.

To deal with the is­sue of land, Lam pre­sented plans on land sup­ply, in­clud­ing Lan­tau To­mor­row Vi­sion, de­vel­op­ment of brown­field sites, land shar­ing and re­vi­tal­iza­tion of in­dus­trial build­ings.

Be­ing the largest out­ly­ing is­land in Hong Kong, Lan­tau is home to the Hong Kong In­ter­na­tional Air­port and the gate­way to the world. And the com­mis­sion­ing of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Ma­cau Bridge will im­prove Lan­tau to a “Dou­ble Gate­way” to the world and other cities in the Guang­dongHong Kong-Ma­cau Greater Bay Area.

Lan­tau To­mor­row Vi­sion is to pro­vide 260,000 to 400,000 res­i­den­tial units, with 70 per­cent be­ing pub­lic hous­ing, to ac­com­mo­date 700,000 to 1.1 mil­lion peo­ple, and to cre­ate 340,000 jobs for the com­ing 20 to 30 years, ac­cord­ing to Lam.

The chief ex­ec­u­tive also pro­posed a to­tal ban on elec­tronic cig­a­rettes for pro­tect­ing peo­ple’s health, par­tic­u­larly chil­dren and teenagers.

Lam said that the gov­ern­ment was draw­ing up pro­posed leg­is­la­tion to for­bid the im­port, man­u­fac­ture, sale, dis­tri­bu­tion and ad­ver­tise­ment of prod­ucts used in the pas­time known as va­p­ing.

Lam noted that in the first half of this year, the HKSAR econ­omy grew strongly by 4 per­cent in real terms over the pre­vi­ous year, rid­ing on the broadly pos­i­tive global eco­nomic en­vi­ron­ment.

The HKSAR gov­ern­ment will act proac­tively, strengthen its roles in serv­ing as “fa­cil­i­ta­tor” and “pro­moter,” and seize the op­por­tu­ni­ties brought by the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive and the Guang­dong-Hong Kong-Ma­cau Greater Bay Area de­vel­op­ment, with a view to gen­er­at­ing new im­pe­tus for HKSAR’s econ­omy.

Lam said that the HKSAR gov­ern­ment and her­self will not tol­er­ate any acts that ad­vo­cate “Hong Kong in­de­pen­dence” and threaten the coun­try’s sovereignty, se­cu­rity and de­vel­op­ment in­ter­ests.

Lam stressed that the pol­icy ad­dress is built on the HKSAR’s unique strengths un­der “one coun­try, two sys­tems” and com­bined with the cur­rent­term HKSAR gov­ern­ment’s un­flag­ging ef­forts.

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