The Chief Secretary for Administration, Mrs Carrie Lam led a Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government delegation to inspect the HKSAR reconstruction projects in the Sichuan earthquake-stricken areas and officiate at completion ceremonies. She also met with the Governor of Sichuan Province, Mr Wei Hong, to conclude the HKSAR's work in support of reconstructing the Sichuan earthquake-stricken areas and witnessed the signing of two Sichuan-Hong Kong co-operation agreements.
Members of the HKSAR Government delegation included the Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs, Mr Raymond Tam; the Secretary for Food and Health, Dr Ko Wing-man; the Permanent Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs, Ms Chang King-yiu; the Permanent Secretary for Development (Works), Mr Wai Chi-sing; the Under Secretary for Education, Mr Kevin Yeung; and representatives from relevant bureaux and departments. The architectural experts are Mr Patrick Lau, Mr Rocco Yim, Professor Wang Wei Jen, Professor Edward Ng, Professor Raymond Fung and Mr John Ng.
Mrs Lam and the delegation inspected two HKSAR Government-led projects, the Giant Panda Conservation and Disease Control Centre in Dujiangyan and the Sichuan-Hong Kong Rehabilitation Centre, and officiated at their plaque unveiling and completion ceremonies respectively. Both the Giant Panda Conservation and Disease Control Centre in Dujianyan and the Sichuan-Hong Kong Rehabilitation Centre are among the flagship HKSAR reconstruction projects. The commitments for these two projects amount to RMB129 million and RMB220 million respectively. The Giant Panda Conservation and Disease Control Centre in Dujiangyan is the first giant panda base specifically built for rehabilitation and care of ill or injured giant pandas as well as for scientific research into disease in giant pandas. It plays a pivotal role in the conservation and expansion of the husbandry of giant pandas. As for the Sichuan-Hong Kong Rehabilitation Centre, it is a core component of the rehabilitation service network in Sichuan, providing specialised and comprehensive rehabilitation services at the provincial level and serving as the hub of training and development of rehabilitation professionals in Sichuan, contributing to the continual advancement of medical standards there. In addition, the delegation also visited the Sichuan Hong Kong Jockey Club Olympic School.
Besides, at a meeting with the Governor of Sichuan Province, Mrs Lam concluded the work of the HKSAR in support of reconstruction and exchanged views on further promoting Sichuan-Hong Kong collaboration. Both sides held the view that the reconstruction work helped affected persons to recover from the tragedy and gave a facelift to the earthquake-stricken areas. The reconstruction work also promoted the friendship of the two places, which lays a solid foundation for the two governments to further foster multifaceted co-operation.
Mrs Lam, the Executive Vice-Governor of Sichuan Province, Mr Zhong Mian, and high-level officials of the two places witnessed the signing of a Sichuan-Hong Kong co-operation agreement regarding continued collaboration in the Wolong Nature Reserve by the Development Bureau of the HKSAR, the Forestry Department of Sichuan Province and Ocean Park Hong Kong, and a co-operation agreement in sports by the Hong Kong Sports Institute and the Sichuan Sports Skills College.