Press Release: Forum for Chief Executive Election Platform “What Is To Be Done?”

Three independent think tanks — Hong Kong Policy Research Institute, Civic Exchange and Synergy Net – are jointly organizing a forum for Chief Executive Election Platform “What Is To Be Done?”. The forum will be held from 9:15 am to 1:30pm on 2 July 2004 (Tuesday) in Room 101, The Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs Association of Hong Kong.
 
The nomination for the next Chief Executive (CE) will begin in early June and the election will take place on 10 July 2005. We believe that anyone who is interested in that position should have adequate preparation. He/she should form his/her team; unveil a detailed policy blueprint for governing Hong Kong; listen to the views of citizens; and respond to the questions and views from the community. We also believe that the CE candidates are not only accountable to the 800 Election Committee members, but also the 6 million plus Hong Kong citizens.
 
Our forum will be divided into 2 sessions: During the first session, the expert panelists will raise questions to the CE candidates on the political and economic development in Hong Kong and in the second session, another group of expert panelists will ask questions on social, cultural and environmental issues. We have already invited 11 experts to form the panels, who will direct questions to the CE candidates. 
 
The expert panelists for the first session include Prof. James T H Tang , Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, HKU; Prof. Chan Kin Man, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, CUHK; Prof. Francis T M Lui, Professor, Department of Economics, HKUST Business School; Dr. Peter QIU Zhen Hai, Political Commentator; and Mr. Shi Wing Ching, Chairman, Centaline Group. The expert panelists for the second session consist of Ms. Christine Fang, Chief Executive, Hong Kong Council of Social Service; Dr. Louis Shih, Co-chairman, Advisory Committee on Communicable Diseases, Hong Kong Medical Association; Prof. Cheng Kai Ming, Professor, Faculty of Education, HKU; Mr. Albert Lai, Chairman, Hong Kong People's Council  for Sustainable Development; Prof. Bill Barron, Associate Professor, The Centre of Urban Planning & Environmental Management, HKU; and Mr. Mathias Woo, Creative Director, Zuni Icosahedron.
 
The co-organizers of the conference are the Hong Kong Democratic Foundation, The Hong Kong Institute of Architects, the Hong Kong Democratic Development Network, 30SGROUP, The Hong Kong Social Workers Association, The Association for the Advancement of Feminism and the Hong Kong People's Council for Sustainable Development. Radio Television Hong Kong, the Wen Wei Po, and the Ming Pao are media co-organizers Professionals and members of the general public are welcome to attend the forum by registering online.
 
Registration is mandatory and the forum can accommodate about 200 participants.