Date
28 July 2017
If elected, Carrie Lam plans to reorganize the CPU into more than an advisory body to the chief executive. The CPU is headed by Shiu Sin-por (inset). Photos: HKEJ
If elected, Carrie Lam plans to reorganize the CPU into more than an advisory body to the chief executive. The CPU is headed by Shiu Sin-por (inset). Photos: HKEJ

Lam set to include revamp of Central Policy Unit in platform

Former chief secretary Carrie Lam is set to include the revamp of government functions and increased efforts to encourage young people to participate in politics in her election platform.

Lam is the only one among the four candidates for the March 26 election who has yet to unveil her platform.

On Monday, she is expected to address a rally at Macpherson Stadium in Mong Kok, in which she is expected to announce a 50-page election agenda, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

It is expected to cover social development, finance, tourism, technology, shipping, small and medium-sized enterprises, among others.

A source said one of the highlights of her platform is a reorganization of the Central Policy Unit (CPU) to reposition it toward present-day realities.  

The CPU, which was established in 1989 to advise the chief executive, has been embroiled in controversies in recent years regarding how the government should exercise its power.

The office has a staff of 60 and an annual budget of HK$118 million (US$15.2 million), up 30 percent year on year.

Lam plans to restructure the CPU so that it will not only give advice to the chief executive, chief secretary and financial secretary but also will actually participate in the implementation of policies, including taking charge of interdepartmental coordination.

As a result, the CPU will be not only a research unit but also a facilitator.

Dr. Cheung Chor-yung, assistant head of the City University’s department of public policy and a former member of the CPU, said it will be a “big change” if the unit is turned into an authority with power.

He said the CPU should continue to focus on its function of doing research since there is no other entity in the government doing the job.

It makes more sense to find a new deputy to support the chief secretary in coordination work rather than make the CPU share the burden, Cheung said.

Lam also plans to establish a platform to provide channels for young people to get involved in politics and have their say.

It includes a self-recommendation system in some of the government’s advisory boards and recruiting qualified young people to join them as members.

Also, Lam is expected focus on financial issues, which are seen as her weakness, and show how she plans to tackle them.

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