Bernadette Linn meets officials

On the second day of her visit to Beijing, Secretary for Development Bernadette Linn called on various Mainland officials responsible for different scopes of work.


In the morning, Ms Linn met Vice Minister of Culture & Tourism and Administrator of the National Cultural Heritage Administration (NCHA) Li Qun to exchange views on areas such as research on archaeology and built heritage, conservation, talent training, education and promotion.


Under the framework agreement to further promote cultural heritage exchange and collaboration on archaeology and built heritage between the Mainland and Hong Kong signed last year, Hong Kong will continue to deepen exchanges and co-operation with the NCHA to facilitate the development of Hong Kong into an East-meets-West centre for international cultural exchange.


Ms Linn then called on the Ministry of Natural Resources and exchanged views with Department of Sea Area & Island Management Head Gao Zhongwen on the handling of Hong Kong’s inert construction and demolition materials.


In the afternoon, the development chief visited the National Development & Reform Commission (NDRC) and met its Department of Regional Economy Director General Wu Shulin.


She briefed Mr Wu on the latest developments of land and infrastructure in Hong Kong, in particular how the Northern Metropolis and the Kau Yi Chau Artificial Islands projects will expand the scope and capacity of Hong Kong's development, enable a new industry pattern as well as facilitate Hong Kong's active participation in the high-quality economic co-operation in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area and better integration into the national development.


Ms Linn also discussed the Dongjiang water supply, development of smart waterworks, and enhanced co-operation in water technology, water resources management and combating climate change in the bay area with Ministry of Water Resources Vice Minister Tian Xuebin.


She thanked the Ministry of Water Resources and Guangdong Province’s Water Resources Department for their enormous efforts in safeguarding a sufficient water supply and water safety for Hong Kong.


The development chief will call on the State Council’s Hong Kong & Macao Affairs Office tomorrow, before returning to Hong Kong in the afternoon.