The government is hiring a new commissioner for the Belt and Road initiative to formulate overall strategy and spearhead policy as Hong Kong moves forward with the initiative.

The new commissioner must have at least 15 years of administrative and managerial experience in senior positions, preferably with large public or private organisations, the government said. The new commissioner will be paid HK$260,600 per month, comparable to the salary of a government undersecretary.

Photo: GovHK.

The Beijing-led initiative is designed to strengthen cooperation between countries along the ancient silk road and form a new “maritime silk road.” It is Chinese President Xi Jinping’s hallmark economic strategy, though critics are concerned the project is akin to neo-colonialism, and could spread corruption.

In 2016 the then-chief executive Leung Chun-ying formed a steering committee for the Belt and Road project, as well as the Belt and Road Office. Retired official Yvonne Choi was appointed the commissioner and her tenure lasted until June 30 last year.

The government issued the job advertisement on Friday in order to fill the position again.

Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Edward Yau at the Belt and Road summit. Photo: GovHK.

The commissioner will be responsible for providing strategic advice to the Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, as well as providing a dedicated overview of the government’s strategies and initiatives under the initiative.

The commissioner will also responsible for establishing connections with mainland and overseas authorities, government and business sectors.

The successful candidate will be appointed on non-civil service agreement terms for three years.

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Kris Cheng is a Hong Kong journalist with an interest in local politics. His work has been featured in Washington Post, Public Radio International, Hong Kong Economic Times and others. He has a BSSc in Sociology from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Kris is HKFP's Editorial Director.