Chief Executive Carrie Lam has announced that a seminar will be organised for local principal officials and senior civil servants so they can better understand the Communist Party’s 19th Party Congress.

Ahead of the weekly Executive Council meeting, Lam told reporters on Tuesday that – over the past few years – the government has organised a series of national affairs seminars in order to enhance senior public servants’ understanding of national developments.

Chief Executive Carrie Lam. Photo: GovHK.

“So whenever there are important things in the mainland, we will request the central government to nominate the most relevant official to come to Hong Kong, to host the seminar to talk about that particular subject.”

“Subjects that have been the content of these seminar include a wide range of issues like the Belt and Road Initiative, the 13th five-year plan, and also the premier’s work report, about science and technology and even cultural development. So this particular Communist Party 19th Congress report is of utmost importance for our country’s development.”

The speaker for the upcoming seminar will be Leng Rong, director of the Communist Party’s Central Committee Party Literature Research Center.

The Great Hall. Photo: Lukas Messmer/HKFP.

“It is only legitimate and proper for public servants to learn more about this subject,” Lam said, adding that the report has sections which directly involve Hong Kong and Macau.

Lam said that the central government supports the integration of the two regions into the overall development plans of the country, and the Hong Kong government needs to know what the big picture is.

It is the first time that the central government has sent a delegation to introduce the National Party Congress to local senior government officials.

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