Urban Renewal Authority will be set up on May 1

The Government announced today (April 28) the appointment of the Board of the Urban Renewal Authority (URA) with effect from May 1, 2001.


The Chief Executive has appointed Dr LAU Wah-sum as Chairman and non-executive director of the URA Board. The other non-executive directors are:


The Hon CHAN Kam-lam;

Professor Cecilia CHAN Lai-wan;

Mr Barry CHEUNG Chun-yuen;

Mr Michael LAI Kam-cheung;

Mrs Peggy LAM PEI Yu-dja;

The Hon Ambrose LAU Hon-chuen;

The Hon LAU Ping-cheung;

Mr Stuart Hamilton LECKIE;

The Hon Fred LI Wah-ming;

Professor David LUNG Ping-yee;

Miss Maria TAM Wai-chu;

Mr Dicky Peter YIP;

The Director of Buildings;

The Director of Home Affairs;

The Director of Lands; and

The Director of Planning.


The Chairman and all the other non-executive directors of the URA Board have been appointed for a period of three years from May 1, 2001 to April 30, 2004.


The Government has commissioned a consultants' firm to recruit the Managing Director and two Executive Directors of the URA. Whilst the recruitment exercise is in progress, as a transitional measure, the following senior staff of the Land Development Corporation (LDC) have been appointed as executive directors of the URA Board for a period of eight months from May 1, 2001 to December 31, 2001:


Mr Canice MAK Chun-fong as Managing Director;

Mr Terry ARTHUR as Executive Director; and

Mr Russel HUI as Executive Director.


The Secretary for Planning and Lands, Mr Gordon SIU, welcomed the appointment of Dr Lau as the Chairman of the URA Board. "Dr Lau is a highly-qualified Chairman with valuable expertise and experience in urban renewal," Mr Siu said. "As the current Chairman of the LDC, Dr Lau will provide effective leadership and continuity to the URA. This will greatly facilitate the implementation of the Government's 20-year urban renewal programme."


The main task of the URA in the next few months is to prepare its first five-year Corporate Plan and first annual Business Plan.


With the establishment of the URA on May 1, the LDC will be dissolved. On behalf of the Government and the community, Mr Siu thanked members of the outgoing LDC Managing Board for their valuable contribution to urban renewal in Hong Kong.


End/Saturday, April 28, 2001