新民黨 回應 《2022年施政報告》
2022 年 10 月 19 日
Chief Executive Mr. John Lee Ka-chiu delivered his maiden Policy Address on October 19th. With the slogan “Charting a Brighter Tomorrow for Hong Kong”, the Policy Address contains eight sections and nearly 150 subsections discussing a range of topics concerning economic development and initiatives to improve livelihood. New People’s Party praises the Policy Address as comprehensive and of high quality, and expresses our thanks to the Chief Executive for adopting many of the Party’s recommendations.
“Secondly, the Chief Executive addressed various needs and demands expressed by our society, including land and housing, healthcare, elderly care, youth development, education, and more.”
Executive Vice Chair, Legislative Councillor Hon. Mr. Lai Tung-kwok comments: “We are glad the Chief Executive made significant progress in the Policy Address in terms of devising measures to attract talents to Hong Kong, while simultaneously addressing some of the more mainstream opinions many Hong Kong citizens have regarding how this city can truly trawl for more talent. Former Chief Executives approach policy passively, only responding to the demand when there is acute shortage. Contrastingly, the current administration takes a distinctively different attitude. In addition to new policies, the establishment of the Talents Service Unit and the Office for Attracting Strategic Enterprises (OASES) is an active and assertive approach in recruiting global talent.”
Mr. Lai asserts that Hong Kong is in need of an economic transformation that requires new talent and investment. The Policy Address not only provides detail on how to trawl for talent, but just as importantly, on how to retain talent. He is glad the Chief Executive plans on establishing a one-stop unit, providing necessary support to talents. Providing incentives for talents to live and work in Hong Kong is crucial for Hong Kong’s economy.
Vice Chair, Legislative Councillor Hon. Ms. Eunice Yung Hoi-yan expresses the following: “This year’s Policy Address is not merely visionary and structured, it also differs from Policy Addresses of the past, as there is emphasis on pragmatism. We now have clear timetables for when each policy will be implemented, and I believe a clear roadmap can reassure the people of Hong Kong in terms of what lies ahead.”
“This Policy Address extensively discusses how Hong Kong can leverage the advantages of ‘One Country, Two Systems’. The Chief Executive stresses the importance of promoting the Constitution and the Basic Law. The renaming of the Basic Law Promotion Steering Committee to the Constitution and the Basic Law Promotion Steering Committee is indicative of the government’s effort to promote the concept of ‘One Country’. I hope that this Policy Address can exemplify the endless opportunities provided by ‘One Country, Two Systems’ and the unique advantages that Hong Kong possesses in connecting with the world.”
“Regarding the development of the Greater Bay Area (GBA), the government will establish a Steering Group on Integration into National Development that will be chaired by the Chief Executive, with three Secretaries of Departments as deputies. As the Chair of the Subcommittee on Promoting Development of the GBA, I notice that the development of the GBA involves a wide range of issues, including cultural, innovation and technology, elderly care, education and many more aspects. Hence, the development of GBA will require the strong support of the Motherland. Hong Kong must closely cooperate with the mainland in various construction projects, particularly in the development of the Northern Metropolis.”
Ms. Yung concludes by saying: “In respect of the Northern Metropolis, the inclusion of commercial and leisure areas is a recommendation made by New People’s Party in the past. President Xi mentioned his hope for Hong Kong to help young people overcome difficulties in education, employment, business start-up, and home purchase. Hong Kong can now more actively integrate into national development while solidifying our status as an international business hub. We are pleased to see Mr. Lee provide legal and other relevant support to the development of GBA, and we hope that a wider population can enjoy the privileges and opportunities presented in this Policy Address.”
The Policy Address announces a number of transport infrastructure projects, including the Shatin bypass that connects Tai Po and Kowloon West - a recommendation made by New People’s Party. This will provide an alternative route connecting New Territories East to the urban areas, while simultaneously alleviating traffic pressure on Tolo Highway. New People’s Party will continue to push for more infrastructure projects that can benefit grassroots and improve livelihoods.