Talk: 2017 and the Years Between
Speaker: Sir David Akers-Jones, GBM KBE CMG
President of the Business and Professionals Federation of Hong Kong
Former Chief Secretary and Acting Governor (1985-87) of Hong Kong
According to the Basic Law and the Decision of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, the Chief Executive (CE) may be elected by universal suffrage in the year 2017, and the Legislative Council (LegCo) by the same method thereafter. As a result, though the upcoming 2016 LegCo Election will not be based on universal suffrage, how it is formed and the number of seats and composition are of strong bearing to shaping the future LegCo when its turn of universal suffrage comes about in 2020. Moreover, the current LegCo election method is not conducive to an executive-led political system, so much so that the CE has to rely on the support of functional members and various pro-establishment figures to get his work done.
On 4 December 2013, the Government started a five-month consultation on the "Methods for Selecting the Chief Executive in 2017 and for Forming the Legislative Council in 2016". So far, discussions and debates focused mainly on the former, whereas attention to the latter was relatively insignificant.
Sir David Akers-Jones, GBM KBE CMG, former Chief Secretary and Acting Governor (1985-87) of Hong Kong, and current President of the Business and Professionals Federation of Hong Kong (BPF) holds that while procedures for the CE election must be addressed, it is essential for the existing LegCo election system to be improved as well. He will present his views and proposals based on BPF’s elaborate research.
Details of the talk are as follows:
Date: 17 June 2014 (Tues)
Time: 6.15 pm (Registration)
6.30 - 8.00 pm (Talk including Q&A)
Venue: Falcon Room I, Luk Kwok Hotel, 72 Gloucester Road, Wanchai (Tel: 2866 2166)
Registration: Please return the attached reply form to firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible and no later than 10 June. Limited seating. First-come-first-served. Seat confirmation will be sent to registrants via email.
Others: Closed to media. The Chatham House Rule will be observed.
Enquiry: Maggie Loong (2877 6366)