Chief Executive-designate John Lee Ka-chiu (center) meets with lawmakers from the Liberal Party on May 23, 2022. (PHOTO / HKSAR GOVERNMENT).

HONG KONG – Chief Executive-designate John Lee Ka-chiu met on Monday with two groups of Legislative Council (LegCo) members to exchange views on the work of the new-term government.

In a statement issued on Monday night, the government said Lee met with members of the Liberal Party before holding discussions with another group of lawmkers.

Chief Executive-designate John Lee Ka-chiu met with members of the Liberal Party before holding discussions with another group of lawmkers

During the two meetings, both sides exchanged views on various issues including Hong Kong's economy, competitiveness, resumption of normal travel as well as land and housing, according to the statement.

Lee also briefed the lawmakers on the proposed reorganization of the government structure and the proposed creation of the posts of deputy secretaries of departments.

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He said that the proposals could strengthen the government's top-level co-ordination capabilities, ensure a more even distribution in the functions across bureaux, strengthen policy ownership and enhance governance efficiency.

Lee stressed that the creation of the posts of principal officials and supporting staff has been proposed after in-depth analysis, and is indeed necessary.

Lee thanked the lawmakers for their comments and expressed the hope that the proposals would be supported by LegCo members, so that the new-term government can operate under the new government structure starting July 1, the statement added.

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Last week, Lee met with legislators from the Business and Professionals Alliance for Hong Kong, G19 and the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong.