Permanent Secretary for Development (Works) leads delegation to Changsha construction forum

The Permanent Secretary for Development (Works), Mr Mak Chai-kwong, will lead a 180-member delegation to attend a construction-related forum in Changsha, Hunan province, tomorrow (November 7).

The forum is jointly organised by the Development Bureau, the Ministry of Construction, and the Changsha Municipal People's Government.

Members of the delegation include government officials, senior executives and professionals from trade associations, professional institutes, tertiary education institutes and the real estate, finance and legal sectors, as well as contractors and consultants.

With the theme of "Sustainable Urban Form: Planning and Development", the forum is to give the experts of both sides the opportunity to exchange experiences and views on urban design, planning and development models in Hong Kong, the Mainland and overseas, and to discuss new ideas on sustainable development.

The forum has been an annual event since 1997.  This year the Hong Kong delegation is the largest since the implementation of the Mainland and Hong Kong Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement (CEPA).  There will also be 120 participants from the Mainland.

The topics to be discussed in the three sessions of the forum on November 8 include the planning and development of sustainable urban form on the Mainland, in Hong Kong and overseas cities. Four professionals from the Mainland and six industry experts from Hong Kong, including the Director of Planning, Mrs Ava Ng, will be speaking in the forum. Officiating guests of the forum include the Vice-Minister of Construction, Mr Qi Ji, and member of the Standing Committee of the Hunan CPC and the Vice-Governor of Hunan Provincial People's Government, Mr Xu Xianping.

After the forum, on November 9, the delegation will visit Changsha's infrastructure facilities.  The Director of Architectural Services, Mr Yue Chi-hang, will then lead 31 members of the Hong Kong delegation on a study mission to Zhuzhou and Zhangjiajie from November 9 to 11, where they will see the latest infrastructural and environmental protection developments.  They will also explore opportunities for business co-operation in these areas between Hong Kong and the Mainland.

Ends/Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Issued at HKT 18:38