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Two teams or one? The relationship between political appointees and civil servants in Hong Kong
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Two teams or one? The relationship between political appointees and civil servants in Hong Kong

Mr. Henry Ho
Former Political Assistant to Secretary for Development, HKSAR Government

Date: June 19, 2017 (Monday)
Time: 1:30pm – 2:30pm
Venue: A724, 7/F, Cheng Yu Tung Tower, Centennial Campus, HKU
Language: English

Abstract:
The civil service system in Hong Kong established by the British colonial government remained largely intact after

the reunification with China in 1997. The Hong Kong SAR Government launched the Principal Officials Accountability

System (POAS) in 2002. Principal Officials, previously occupied by civil servants, became politically appointed.

The system expanded to include Under Secretaries and Political Assistants to Secretaries in 2008. While the accountability system was inherited from Western democracies, the Hong Kong version displays some unique features as well as limitations. The fact that Hong Kong is a Special Administrative Region rather than an independent state, calls for a refreshed approach in assessing the system’s design and its effectiveness. Being a former political appointee, Henry conducted in-depth interviews with current and former political appointees as well as senior civil servants. Key issues of the system were identified and recommendations to

strengthen its design were put forward.

About the Speaker:
Henry Ho is currently the Convenor of One Country Two Systems Youth Forum, a newly formed think tank composed of

Mainland young scholars and Hong Kong young professionals and politicians, with an aim of promoting the dialogue

and research on One Country Two Systems. Henry has ample experience in the government and local think tanks. He

worked at the Central Policy Unit and the Development Bureau before and he is currently a Council Member of the

Chinese Association of Hong Kong and Macau Studies.

ALL ARE WELCOME

Date/Time19/06/2017 13:30-14:30
VenueA724, 7/F, Cheng Yu Tung Tower, Centennial Campus, HKU
LanguageEnglish

Registration Instruction

Registration is open from 12/06/2017 10:00(HKT) to 19/06/2017 13:00(HKT) on a first-come-first-served basis.

* Registration is now closed.

Contact Information

Should you have any enquiries, please feel free to contact Shelby Chan by email at shelbyc@hku.hk