Secretary for Development to visit Singapore

The Secretary for Development, Mr Paul Chan, will pay an official visit to Singapore from tomorrow (May 9) to May 10 to study the town planning, urban renewal, heritage conservation, water resource management and construction development there.

Mr Chan will meet with the Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, to exchange views on water resources management and will visit a desalination facility run by Hyflux Limited.

He will also meet with the Acting Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, Mr Lawrence Wong, and officials from the National Heritage Board, the Preservation of Monuments Board and the Building and Construction Authority.

Mr Chan will call on the Chairman and the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Urban Redevelopment Authority to exchange views on heritage conservation and town planning.

He will tour the Singapore City Gallery at the Urban Redevelopment Authority Centre and will visit the Marina Bay Harbour Front Development and the Gardens by the Bay, which is a new facility opened in June last year.

During his two-day visit, Mr Chan will pay a courtesy call on the Ambassador, Embassy of the People's Republic of China in Singapore, Mr Duan Jielong. He will also attend a dinner hosted by the Minister for National Development, Mr Khaw Boon Wan.

Mr Chan will host a luncheon for alumni of four Hong Kong universities in Singapore to learn more about the work and business of Hong Kong people there.

Accompanying Mr Chan on the visit to Singapore will be the Permanent Secretary for Development (Works), Mr Wai Chi-sing.

Mr Chan will depart for Singapore this afternoon and return to Hong Kong on Friday evening.

Ends/Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Issued at HKT 12:12