Date
21 September 2017
CE-elect Carrie Lam says she has been busy recruiting her team to form the new administration. Photo: Bloomberg
CE-elect Carrie Lam says she has been busy recruiting her team to form the new administration. Photo: Bloomberg

Carrie Lam to be appointed CE in Beijing on Tuesday

Chief Executive-elect Carrie Lam will be officially appointed Hong Kong leader in Beijing on Tuesday.

Before Lam left for Beijing Sunday afternoon, she told the media at the airport that she will only brief top officials in Beijing about the general situation in Hong Kong during her three-day visit and discussions over specific issues are unlikely, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

That means she will not talk about the Aug. 31, 2014 decision by the National People’s Congress Standing Committee on political reform.

Lam will attend a work meeting with Wang Guangya, director of Beijing’s Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, on Monday morning before she meets with Zhang Dejiang, chairman of the NPC Standing Committee, in the afternoon.

On Tuesday, she will meet with President Xi Jinping and be appointed as Hong Kong chief executive by Premier Li Keqiang.

Before she returns to Hong Kong on Wednesday, she will meet the press.

Lam said her schedule does not include meetings with Beijing department heads.

Asked about the progress of her search for various bureau chiefs and department heads for her new administration, Lam said she has been busy talking to candidates but no results can be announced at this time.

She said she will try to assemble her team as soon as possible.

Most of the potential candidates interviewed by the HKEJ said Lam needs more time and space to establish her team.

Permanent Secretary for Food and Health Patrick Nip, seen as the most likely choice to head the Chief Executive’s Office, said it is not proper to talk about what his new post will be at the current stage, adding that he will continue to serve the public.

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