Foreword

Janice TSE

This year marks the 69th Anniversary of the Founding of the People’s Republic of China, as well as the 40th Anniversary of the implementation of the reform and opening up policies. Since the founding in 1949, China has endeavoured to make continuous betterment, and has had remarkable achievements in improving people’s livelihood, as well as boosting economic and social developments. As Chinese, we should be proud that our country is now the world’s second largest economy and has growing comprehensive national strength.

Since our return to the motherland, Hong Kong has the full support of the Central Government which enables us to strive for continued and solid development on the foundation of an international financial centre. With the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Bay Area plan, and the opening of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge, the Hong Kong Section of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link and the Liantang/Heung Yuen Wai Boundary Control Point, Hong Kong will forge closer economic and trade co-operation ties and greater “people-to-people” exchanges with the Mainland. We will be able to play our role as the “super-connector” in linking the Mainland and the world markets. We will further capitalise on the advantages of “one country, two systems” to seize the opportunities ahead to better serve our country with a view to achieving the goal of “joint development, shared prosperity”.

To commemorate the 69th National Day, the Home Affairs Department has co-organised many fabulous events with various sectors of the community. This is a time for all the people of Hong Kong to celebrate. I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to all parties for their contribution in organising the celebrations. I cordially invite all members of the public to join the activities and share the joy.

 

Miss Janice TSE
Director of Home Affairs