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The Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs, Mr Patrick Nip, has a very wide and far-reaching portfolio, including co-ordinating the government's efforts in taking forward the development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Bay Area, and liaising with the Electoral Affairs Commission, which is responsible for the conduct and supervision of various public elections in Hong Kong.

While we all agree that the Bay Area offers huge potential, we would benefit from learning about how Hong Kong, Macao and the cities in Guangdong should collaborate for a win-win result – in terms of people, goods, capital and information flows – for all cities involved. Part of the challenges stem from the different legal systems, currencies and cultures, but these hurdles are not insurmountable.

The Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs has agreed to meet with members at our special "Town Hall Forum Series" on 27 October to discuss these and other issues. Sign up today for this exclusive, closed-door forum and also share your thoughts with the HKSAR Government.

Speaker(s) Aged 53, Mr Nip was appointed as the Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs of the fifth-term Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government on 1 July, 2017.

He received a Bachelor Degree in Social Sciences from the University of Hong Kong and a Master Degree in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School in the United States. He has also studied at the Oxford University and attended national studies courses at the Chinese Academy of Governance.

Mr Nip joined the Administrative Service of the Hong Kong Government in August 1986. Since then, he has served in various bureaux and departments, including the former City and New Territories Administration, the former Deputy Chief Secretary's Office, the former Trade and Industry Branch, the former Finance Branch, the former Civil Service Branch, the former Trade Department, the Chief Executive's Office, the former Health and Welfare Bureau, the Office of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in Beijing and the former Health, Welfare and Food Bureau.

He was appointed as the Director of Social Welfare in August 2009, the Director (Special Duties) of the Chief Secretary for Administration's Private Office in June 2013, the Director of Information Services in February 2014 and the Permanent Secretary for Food and Health (Health) in July 2016.
Language English
Date and Time 2017/10/27 17:00 to 18:30
Venue Chamber Theatre, 22/F United Centre
Media Closed to media
Enquiries Ray Lai
Tel: 28231297
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