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Chief Executive Carrie Lam unveils ‘100 day’ progress report ahead of policy address

Chief Executive Carrie Lam has unveiled her “100 day” progress report ahead of her maiden policy address to be delivered on Wednesday.

In an eight-page report published on Tuesday, Lam detailed a list of achievements, including “the successful visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife during Hong Kong’s 20th handover anniversary” and “the successful transition between the two terms of government.”

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Carrie Lam. Photo: GovHK.

The report also stated that Lam had met with the media 39 times and attended 13 media gatherings and interviews. However, according to Citizen News, most of the interviews were with international, rather than local, media outlets.

Overall, government officials met with the media 210 times, and attended press events and interviews 170 times, it said.

Among her achievements was also the opening up of press events to digital-only media. Online news outlets were previously banned from attending.

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Carrie Lam. File Photo: GovHK.

It further detailed the number of mainland and overseas visits taken by Lam and other government officials, so as to “improve the relationship and cooperation between the HKSAR and the mainland” and “elevate the status of Hong Kong as an international city.”

In September, the report said, the government organised the second Belt and Road Summit along with the Hong Kong Trade Development Council to explore trade opportunities.

Other initiatives mentioned included organising brainstorm sessions with politically appointed officials to “strengthen team spirit” and meeting twice with lawmakers from across different political parties to “improve executive-legislative relations.

Lam also said on Tuesday that she will break from the tradition of reading the policy address in full, word-by-word. She will instead only highlight the major initiatives and philosophy.

Lam took office on July 1, 2017. She ran her election campaign under the “We Connect” slogan, pledging to mend rifts in society.

However, her administration has come under fire over the past months, particularly over the jailing of 16 political activists. Lam insisted that the move was “not political persecution.”

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Chief Executive Carrie Lam unveils '100 day' progress report ahead of policy address