Managing Public Records for Good Governance and Preservation of Collective Memory: The Case for Archival Legislation

Hong Kong is one of the few jurisdictions that has not enacted archival legislation, not only in Asia but worldwide. The absence of archival legislation has resulted in gross structural deficiencies regarding the management of public records, which affect not only the preservation of documentary heritage but also the efficiency, transparency and accountability of the government. These deficiencies are alarming and require urgent solutions because public records are fundamental to the operation of the government and its services to the people.