The Chief Secretary for Administration, Mrs Carrie Lam, led a Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) delegation to visit Sichuan from May 10 to 12, 2016 to conclude the HKSAR’s reconstruction support work in Sichuan in the aftermath of the Wenchuan earthquake in 2008.
While in Sichuan, Mrs Lam officiated at the breakthrough ceremony for the Provincial Road 303 (Yingxiu to Wolong Section) project and the opening ceremony of the China Giant Panda Garden. Both are flagship projects of the HKSAR’s reconstruction programme, and are important for the sustainable development of the Wolong Nature Reserve. Mrs Lam also visited a few other HKSAR reconstruction projects, namely the Museum of Nature and Earthquake, the Wolong Administration's Headquarters and the Digital Wolong Command Centre. She also watched a demonstration of the Digital Wolong System and the Smart Tourism System.
Mrs Lam met with the Governor of Sichuan Province, Mr Yin Li, to conclude the work of the HKSAR’s post-quake reconstruction work in Sichuan. Mrs Lam and Mr Yin witnessed the signing of the Agreement on the Use of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region’s Residual Fund in Support of Reconstruction in the Sichuan Earthquake Stricken Areas, under which uncommitted residual fund capped at RMB190 million would be used for improving the Wolong Nature Reserve. This will facilitate the development of Wolong into a world-class biodiversity protection centre and a role model of people living in harmony with nature.
Those accompanying Mrs Lam to visit Sichuan included the Secretary for Education, Mr Eddie Ng Hak-kim; the Permanent Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs, Ms Chang King-yiu; the Permanent Secretary for Development (Works), Mr Hon Chi-keung; the Under Secretary for Food and Health, Professor Sophia Chan; and the Under Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, Mr Godfrey Leung. The delegation also included volunteers from different sectors participated in the reconstruction work and media representatives.