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Anniversary events youth-focused

January 09, 2017


Chief Secretary Carrie Lam

The 20th anniversary is a very memorable occasion for Hong Kong. This is a time for use to review the progress and achievements made over the last 20 years under "one country, two systems". It is also an occasion for us to envision, to have our dream and to think about the future.


So, as we mark the beginning of 2017 and the 20th anniversary, we want really to share the joy of reaching this milestone with the whole community, so the Hong Kong SAR Government is joining hands with different sectors to organise a wide variety of celebration activities under the theme of "Together • Progress • Opportunity". These activities include large-scale sports and cultural events, major exhibitions, international conferences, as well as community and district events to be held in Hong Kong. We will also showcase Hong Kong's talents in design, art and culture overseas and in the Mainland.


Youth is a major focus in our 20th anniversary celebrations, whether in terms of events, activities or projects. Indeed, over the last two weeks, I have signed on behalf of the Hong Kong SAR Government two very important Memorandums of Understanding to take forward two projects. One is of course the building of the Hong Kong Palace Museum in the West Kowloon Cultural District and the other is to jointly develop another innovation and technology park in an area called the Lok Ma Chau Loop together with Shenzhen. These two projects were conceived and developed very much with young people in mind, because we want to give our young people diversified opportunities - that is, not all of you need to go into banking, financial services, etc. You have a future in innovation and technology, as well as cultural and creative industries.


But coming back to the 20th anniversary, there are many more ways for you, as students, to take part in the celebration. You can, for example, produce a video of your own and send it to our video competition themed on "Togetherness". The competition will run until the 24th of February, so you have enough time to put your creativity or innovation into gear.


We have recruited 100 youth ambassadors - and maybe if you are enthusiastic we could recruit a bit more youth ambassadors - under the 20th Anniversary Youth Ambassadors Programme organised by the Home Affairs Bureau and the Commission on Youth. These young ambassadors will assist us in various international conferences and activities to be held in Hong Kong to promote Hong Kong's hospitality, and help receive young visitors from overseas during their stay here. They will also participate in international exchange programmes.


To help youngsters develop their potential and interest in nature and heritage conservation, we are organising two internship programmes for those aged between 18 and 29. These two programmes of course are additional to the many internship and student exchange programmes that we have been running for many years. These two particular internship programmes will give young interns the rare opportunity to learn the intricacies of conserving giant pandas at Wolong in Sichuan Province, and conserving artefacts at the Palace Museum in Beijing. Details of the programmes, including recruitment of interns, will be announced in the first quarter of 2017, but I have to forewarn that we are offering only limited opportunities, so the competition is going to be very fierce to get into these two internship programmes.


In addition to the events offered by the Government, district and community organisations will also host an array of activities to invite more people to join the celebration. District Councils, for example, are organising district-based events. I am very pleased to learn from your Supervisor, Annie Wu, that your school will also be sponsoring a series of celebrations. I look forward to hearing more from the school about the activities at today's ceremony.


The Hong Kong SAR 20th anniversary is not only an occasion for joyful celebration, but also an opportunity for us, our young people in particular, to learn and explore and appreciate the uniqueness of Hong Kong. With the staunch support of the country and concerted efforts of all sectors of the community, "One Country, Two Systems" has been successfully implemented in Hong Kong since 1997. I do hope that through the diverse anniversary activities, all people, especially our young people, can better appreciate the historical background leading to Hong Kong's present status as a unique Special Administrative Region in China, and how the city has continued to thrive despite various challenges over the last 20 years. I am sure it will help renew and reinforce our collective efforts to overcome the challenges ahead, reach new heights, and contribute to our nation and our city in the years to come. And this is very much the theme of this school's celebrations, and that is to serve the country and to serve the people of Hong Kong.


Chief Secretary Carrie Lam gave these remarks at the launch ceremony of "CFSS • Innovation • STREAM" in celebration of the 20th anniversary of establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region on January 9.

Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China 20th Anniversary