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HK Chief Executive Announces Appointment of New Principal Officials

Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Tung Chee Hwa announced on Monday the appointment of four principal government officials.


Tung announced at a news conference that according to relevant provisions of the Basic Law of the HKSAR and his nominations and suggestions, the State Council, or the central government, has appointed Tang Ying-yen as financial secretary of the SAR government, Lee Siu-kwong as secretary for security, Tsang Chun-wah as secretary for commerce, industry and technology, and Wong Hung-chiu as commissioner of the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC).


"I think the public know every one of them well. They all have excellent leadership skills and a wealth of experience," Tung said.


Tang Ying-yen came from the business sector. Before joining the government, Tang served in various public service posts. The chief executive said that after working in the government for more than a year, Tang has gained a good grasp of its structure and operation.


"Tang is also very familiar with the operation of the market. He is the best choice for the financial secretary's post," Tung added.


The other three officials have been serving the government for years and have in-depth understanding of the government and how the policy process works, said Tung, adding that he is confident that "they will do an excellent job."


"I am also confident that the financial secretary and the three other principal officials will help us move towards a more open, progressive and efficient government, to work for the interests of the people of Hong Kong and do their utmost to serve the public," Tung said.


"I hope they can count on the support of the community as we work together for the development of Hong Kong," said Tung.


Xinhua News Agency August 5, 2003


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