The reorganization of the government structure is like an arrow. The Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, will make recommendations in his "policy address" next month, including studying the establishment of the Cultural Affairs Bureau and the dismantling of the Housing and Transportation Bureau, which have become his "political achievements" in creating a pattern of inheriting the past.
Sha Banshan recently heard that this reorganization of the government structure may not only stop there, or the historical implementation of the addition of a deputy director who is one level higher than the director, the entire governance team will be changed from three levels (divisions, bureaus, divisions/departments) to four levels. , "Three Divisions and 13 Bureaus" changed to "Five Divisions and 15 Bureaus".
The Basic Law states that the principal officials of the SAR include the "Deputy Secretary", but neither Tung Chee-hwa nor Donald Tsang created relevant posts during the years when they were in power.
After Liang Zhenying was elected as Chief Executive in 2012, he submitted a draft to the Legislative Council. In addition to suggesting the establishment of a Cultural Bureau and an Innovation and Technology Bureau, the Secretary for Administration and the Financial Secretary should each have a deputy secretary. There was a rumor that the Deputy Financial Secretary The position was tailor-made for his "comrade-in-arms" Chen Maobo, and the relevant ambitions were finally laid down by the pro-democracy faction.
Later, due to chance, the Innovation and Technology Bureau was established during Leung Chun-ying’s tenure, and Chen Maobo also received the "pie" that fell from the sky, replacing the director of the Development Bureau, Mai Qiguang, who stepped down due to the "rental storm." He succeeded Zeng Junhua and became the Chief Financial Secretary, which is a level higher than the original Deputy Chief Secretary. This is a story.
The Deputy Chief of Administration or the Bureau of Labor and Welfare, etc. relieve the burden of Li Jiachao
A source close to the government told Sha Banshan that five years later, she heard that Carrie Lam had studied taking advantage of the opportunity of reorganizing the government structure to increase the rank of deputy director-general, and submit the plan to the next government for implementation together with the new Cultural Affairs Bureau.
If the news is true, the Hong Kong government's governance team will further "expand", and the new Chief Secretary for Administration, Li Jiachao, who specializes in security affairs, will have a much higher chance of being re-elected, because an additional "deputy" will help in charge of policy bureaus such as labor and welfare.
According to the proposal made by the Liang Zhenying government that year, the Education Bureau, the Cultural Bureau and the Labour and Welfare Bureau were in charge of the Deputy Chief of Administration.
The meeting is inconclusive
Sha Banshan asked another source about this rumor.
According to the person, as far as he knows, the topic of adding a deputy secretary-general was indeed discussed at a high-level government meeting, and it was first brought up by officials, and Chief Executive Carrie Lam responded. However, since the meeting did not reach a conclusion, it is unknown what Lin Cheng’s attitude was. It can only be left to the unveiling of the "Policy Address".
Looking at the information, the Deputy Chief of Administration and Deputy Financial Secretary proposed by the Leung Chun-ying government at that time were lower in rank and salary than the Secretary of Justice and higher than the Secretary of Policy. However, they are no different from the Secretary in terms of actual powers, and they are also in charge of several The policy bureau has great power.
Some establishments who did not want to be named said that the current legislative council no longer has a pro-democratic party. If there are to be additional deputy directors, the biggest difficulty is how to recruit enough people to join the cabinet. It is estimated that they will be promoted from the current more senior directors.
Carrie Lam has changed shifts twice during her tenure. In June of this year, Li Jiachao was promoted to chief of administrative affairs and Deng Bingqiang was promoted to chief of security.
Liu Zhaojia: Whether it can boost the chief executive’s popularity depends on the actual performance
Liu Zhaojia, vice chairman of the National Hong Kong and Macao Research Association and former chief adviser of the Central Policy Group, said that the advantage of adding a deputy director is that the governance team can be more complete and there are more staff to handle matters, which is especially conducive to controlling and supervising the civil servants to effectively implement high-level decisions.
As to whether the reorganization of the government structure can boost the popularity of the chief executive, it depends on the actual performance after the reorganization, including whether it can speed up the entire government's decision-making and administrative efficiency, and introduce specific policies and guidelines that are beneficial to the economy and people's livelihood.
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