Carrie Lam keeps most Exco members, Bernard Chan named convenor

June 23, 2017 14:26
Joseph Yam, Ronny Tong and  Kenneth Lau (left to right) are newcomers to the Executive Council. Nine sitting Exco members will remain at their posts for the new administration. 
Photos: HKEJ, HK Government

Nine of the existing Executive Council (Exco) members are staying at their posts for the incoming administration of Chief Executive-designate Carrie Lam, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

Newcomers include former Hong Kong Monetary Authority chief Joseph Yam, Elderly Commission chairman Dr. Lam Ching-choi, Path of Democracy convenor Ronny Tong, and Cheung Kwok-kwan from the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong (DAB), Wong Kwok-kin from the Hong Kong Federation of Trade Unions (HKFTU), and Kenneth Lau from Business and Professionals Alliance for Hong Kong (BPAHK).

Lam said she is grateful for the 16 non-official members’ acceptance of her invitation, adding the vast experience from the new team could help her make important policy decisions.

Among the Exco members who were invited to remain in their current roles, Arthur Li and Fanny Law are widely seen as keen supporters of outgoing Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying.

However, Cheung Chi-kong and honorary chairman of the HKFTU Cheng Yiu-tong, who are also regarded as Leung’s die-hard fans, will be exiting Exco.

Other stayers include Chow Chung-kong, Laura Shih, Ip Kwok-him from the DAB, Jeffrey Lam from BPAHK, Tommy Cheung from the Liberal Party and Martin Liao.

Bernard Chan, who led Carrie Lam’s election campaign office, will become convenor of the non-official Exco members.

Chan told the HKEJ that he is hopeful that the new Exco team will bring about balanced views with the members’ diverse expertise, such as Fanny Law in innovation and technology, Arthur Li in university management, Lam Ching-choi in elderly care and policies and Joseph Yam in monetary and financial policies.

Chan said all of the invitations to become Exco members were handed out by Carrie Lam herself. 

Chan said he would like the new Exco to reflect more opinions from society and would actively disseminate information to members of the public.

People’s Party chairman Regina Ip will rejoin Exco after her unsuccessful bid to run for chief executive in March. Ip said Lam was "very sincere" in inviting her to join Exco.

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