Hong Kong Chief Executive John Lee Ka-chiu (right) and Secretary for the Civil Service Ingrid Yeung Ho Poi-yan attend the fourth session of "Spirit of the President's Important Speech" held by the Civil Service Bureau at the Central Government Offices, Hong Kong, July 21, 2022. (PHOTO / HKSAR GOVERNMENT)

Chief Executive John Lee Ka-chiu called on civil servants to perform to the best of their abilities with a pragmatic and can-do attitude to enhance the city’s governance —the same hope that President Xi Jinping shared in his landmark July 1 speech in the city.

Hong Kong Chief Executive John Lee Ka-chiu said he hopes local officials will grasp in full the core essence of President Xi Jinping’s speech and build it into their own work

Lee made the appeal during the Civil Service Bureau’s fourth session to learn of Xi’s significant speech on Hong Kong’s development.

The four sessions, which took place in the past two weeks, were attended by about 1,200 people. Apart from civil servants, the participants included senior officers from government organizations. Lee addressed all four sessions.

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During the Thursday event, Lee said Xi’s speech was an important milestone of high significance and serves as crucial guidance on governance for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region government for the next five years.

Lee said he hopes officials will grasp in full the core essence of Xi’s speech and build it into their own work.

To live up to Xi’s expectations, he encouraged his colleagues to proactively integrate Hong Kong into the country’s overall development and raise Hong Kong’s competitiveness; adopt a results-oriented approach in their work; respond actively to aspirations of the people of Hong Kong; and respect and safeguard the country's fundamental systems on their own volition.

Various government departments will also conduct similar sessions to study Xi’s speech.

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Curtis Lo contributed to the story.