Three independent think tanks – the Hong Kong Policy Research Institute, the Civic Exchange and the SynergyNet – are jointly organizing a conference on 6 November 2004 (Saturday) entitled, “Constitutional Development: 2007/08 and Beyond”. Local organizations which have agreed to present proposals on constitutional development include The Democratic Alliance for Betterment of Hong Kong, The Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce, The Democratic Party, The Hong Kong Progressive Alliance, The Frontier, Hong Kong University Graduates Association, The Article 45 Concern Group, The Liberal Party, Hong Kong Democratic Foundation, Hong Kong Democratic Development Network, etc.
About 300 participants from all walks of life in Hong Kong have registered to attend the conference. Registration is still open for individuals and associations until 4 November 2004. Members from all community sectors are also welcome to attend by registering online( www.hkpri.org.hk/conferenceNov04 )
A number of scholars from various provinces of China will attend the conference. Those with whom Hong Kong people are familiar include:
– Geping Rao, Deputy Director, Research Center for Law in Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan, Peking
University / Senior Research Follow, Institute of Hong Kong & Macau Affairs, Development Research
Center of State Council, P.R.C.
– Zhen-min Wang , Professor & Vice Dean, Tsinghua University School of Law
– Xi-sha Wang, Director, Institute of Hong Kong & Macau Affairs, Development Research Center of State Council, P.R.C
In addition to listening to the proposals made by the political parties and organizations, the mainland scholars are keen to learn the views of the members of the public.
The co-organizers of the conference include The Better Hong Kong Foundation, the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce, the Hong Kong Democratic Foundation, The Kowloon Chamber of Commerce, the Radio Television Hong Kong, the Commercial Radio Hong Kong, Ming Pao Newspapers Limited and the South China Morning Post. Hutchison Whampoa Limited, the National Endowment for Democracy and Shui On Construction and Materials Limited sponsored the event.