Xia Baolong advances district governance insight with Hong Kong inspection

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25th February 2024 – (Hong Kong) In an endeavour to deepen his understanding of district governance, Mr Xia Baolong, the Director of the Hong Kong and Macao Work Office of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Council, has extended his inspection tour in Hong Kong today. Throughout the day, Mr Xia engaged closely with local representatives across diverse sectors.

Accompanied by Hong Kong’s Chief Executive, Mr John Lee, and the Secretary for Home and Youth Affairs, Miss Alice Mak, Mr Xia commenced his urban area exploration to assess the current state of district governance. His itinerary began at a restaurant in Wong Tai Sin for morning tea with local dignitaries, an interaction that provided Mr Xia with grassroots insights into the district’s affairs and a platform to discuss pertinent local livelihood issues.

In a subsequent visit, Mr Xia, flanked by Mr Lee and Labour and Welfare Secretary Mr Chris Sun, toured the Sham Shui Po Community Living Room. This facility, operational since December of the previous year, symbolises the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government’s commitment to alleviating poverty. As the inaugural project of the Pilot Programme on Community Living Room, it offers much-needed additional space and amenities to residents of subdivided units, alongside referrals to community services designed to enhance their living standards.

As the day progressed, Mr Xia, alongside the Secretary for Justice, Mr Paul Lam, SC, and the Deputy Secretary for Justice, Mr Cheung Kwok-kwan, engaged in an interactive session and working lunch with the Hong Kong Bar Association and the Law Society of Hong Kong’s leading figures.

The Director’s schedule also included an exchange session with senior representatives from prominent local media outlets and esteemed current affairs commentators, alongside Mr Lee, to discuss a wide range of issues affecting the city.