Two sessions provide guide for Hong Kong’s development

On Friday, President Xi Jinping was unanimously re-elected president of the People’s Republic of China and chairman of the Central Military Commission of the People’s Republic of China. 

In the past 10 years, under the leadership of President Xi, the country has experienced world-renowned development achievements and completed the historic task of eradicating poverty and building a moderately prosperous society. President Xi’s re-election has strengthened Hong Kong people’s confidence in the development of Hong Kong and the country.

The Government Work Report delivered by Premier Li Keqiang at the opening of the first session of the 14th National People’s Congress on Sunday highlights the country’s successful efforts in stabilizing economic growth, alleviating poverty and creating employment. The GDP growth target for 2023 set at 5 percent is considered practical and stable. The report conveys the government’s strong message of striving to sustain national economic development, which will provide strong momentum for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region’s socioeconomic development.

The central government continues to pay great attention to the Hong Kong and Macao SARs’ affairs, emphasizing the need to fully, accurately, and unwaveringly carry out the “one country, two systems” principle. The message from the two sessions echoes with the declaration made in the 20th Communist Party of China National Congress report, which is to support economic development, enhance people’s livelihoods, and overcome underlying issues and contradictions that may arise in the process of socioeconomic development. The policy direction set by the two sessions will also guide Hong Kong’s future development.

Hong Kong’s future success lies in its ability to maintain strong and sustainable economic growth and enhance people’s livelihoods. The HKSAR’s latest Policy Address and government budget indicate that the HKSAR government follows the central government’s guidance in mapping out the city’s development strategies, taking into account the current livelihood issues as well as long-term socioeconomic development issues in areas such as social welfare, medical services, land and housing, technology development, business support, and talent attraction.

The Hong Kong Chief Executive’s Office announced on Friday that Chief Executive John Lee Ka-chiu will lead a delegation to Beijing for a week, comprising eight high-ranking officials overseeing finance, education, innovation and technology, and health and cultural affairs, to discuss with central government officials how the city can integrate its economic development into national development.

Hong Kong rescinded recently the city’s mask mandate, signaling that the city is on course to normalcy.

The author is deputy director of the Hong Kong CPPCC Youth Association.

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