The Week Ahead February 23rd

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Students leaders will attend a human rights summit in Geneva tomorrow and Financial Secretary John Tsang will unveil the Budget on Wednesday. On Friday, you will know who in the Government boycott the Democratic Party’s 20th Anniversary Dinner.


February 24 Tuesday


Student leaders head to the Geneva Summit

Alex Chow and Lester Shum from the Hong Kong Federation of Students will attend the Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy and speak on the political reform of Hong Kong. The Summit is organised by a coalition of 20 human rights NGOs from around the world. Also speaking at the Summit is Pierre Torres, a French journalist who was held hostage by ISIS for 10 months.


LegCo kicks off the Year of Goat with welfare talks

At the Subcommittee on Retirement Protection, members will continue discussing the research report conducted by HKU’s professor Nelson Chow. At another meeting, the Subcommittee on Poverty will elect a new Chairman and Deputy Chairman. Currently, Frederick Fung and Fernando Cheung are the incumbents. 34 deputations will speak on the poverty situation of people with disabilities at the Subcommittee on Poverty. A report titled, “Hong Kong Poverty Situation Report on Disability 2013” was released by the Government in December 2014 and it pointed out the poverty rate of disable person in 2013 was much higher than other groups.

February 25 Wednesday


Financial Secretary to unveil the Budget

Probably the most important day to John Tsang this year as he will present the Budget at the Council meeting. It has been said that there will be an increase in child allownace and tax refund, and the surplus will be at least $600 million.

February 26 Thursday


Budget briefings

Financial Secretary John Tsang and the Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury Ceajer Chan will brief members on the Budget at the Finance Committee. Members’ personal assistants will also receive a briefing on the Estimates of Expenditure.


LegCo fires on the Express Rail Link delay

The Select Committee to Inquire into the Background of and Reasons for the Delay of the Construction of the Hong Kong section of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link will hold 2 closed meetings and 1 public hearing today.

February 27 Friday


Lunch with CY

LegCo will hold a Spring Luncheon today with the Chief Executive, Executive Council members and senior Government Officials.


Democratic Party’s 20th Anniverary Dinner

A big day to the Democratic Party but it is anticipated that not many Government figures will attend the dinner. Chief Executive CY Leung is unlikely to attend and Secretary for Mainland and Constitutional Affairs Raymond Tam made it clear he will not go. It is not clear whether Chief Secretary Carrie Lam will attend and two other Government officials are also unconfirmed. Secretary for Labour and Welfare Matthew Cheung said he will check with his schedule and Dr Ko Wing-man, Secretary for Food and Health, has originally agreed to attend the dinner but later on changed his mind and said he will follow the ‘group decision’. Only Anthony Cheung has confirmed his attendence. He is a former Democratic Party member and now the Secretary for Transport and Housing.


Fisheries loans back to the Finance Committee

Members will discuss again whether to inject another $810 million to the Fisheries Development Loan Fund and to provide a $400 million loan to inshore trawlers. Also pending for approval includes 10 construction proposals from the Public Works Subcommittee to build schools, waste treatment facilities, highways and roads, and some Government buildings in different districts. These proposals amount to around $5 billion plus $12.2 billion to be allocated to the Capital Works Reserve Fund.