Hong Kong Chief Executive John Lee Ka-chiu speaks during a question-and-answer session at the Legislative Council, Hong Kong, July 6, 2022. (CALVIN NG / CHINA DAILY)

Chief Executive John Lee Ka-chiu will lead a team of top government officials to exchange views with lawmakers at the Legislative Council on Wednesday, which will be the first meeting of the informal monthly exchanges promised by Lee.

Chief Executive John Lee Ka-chiu continued that the government will establish a new expert advisory panel to facilitate anti-pandemic policymaking

The officials include Chief Secretary Eric Chan Kwok-ki, Financial Secretary Paul Chan Mo-po, and Justice Secretary Paul Lam Ting-kwok. The three secretaries’ deputies and Carol Yip Man-kuen, director of the Chief Executive’s Office, also will attend the meeting.

At his first question-and-answer session at the legislature on July 6, Lee proposed holding the regular talks with lawmakers in the legislature’s antechamber every month to foster ties.

Before Tuesday’s Executive Council meeting, Lee told reporters that the routine chats are just the starting point of broadening communication channels with lawmakers, and the practice will be further optimized.

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The government’s four task forces on intergenerational poverty, public housing, land supply, and district affairs will also hold their respective first meetings on Wednesday, Lee added.

He also stressed that the planned health-code system for the LeaveHomeSafe app will only identify confirmed COVID-19 patients and those in hotel quarantine. He promised that the measure will not be used for purposes other than fighting the pandemic, and will not affect most local residents.

Lee continued that the government will establish a new expert advisory panel to facilitate anti-pandemic policymaking. The appointment of members will be announced later.

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Lee said he values much of medical experts’ opinions, and before assuming the city’s top leadership position, he had already met experts with current Health Secretary Lo Chung-mau.