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Opening remarks by Chairman of Board of West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (with video)

The following is issued on behalf of the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority:

     Following are opening remarks by the Chairman of the Board of the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority, Mr Henry Tang, at a media session at Central Government Offices today (January 7):

     Mr Graham Sheffield advised the Authority of his intention to resign for health reasons.  He has been advised by his doctor to resign with immediate effect.  The Board has reviewed the case thoroughly and the Chief Executive has agreed to our recommendation to release Mr Sheffield from his duties with immediate effect.

     Over the past few months Graham has made significant contribution to the work of the Authority and his departure is a great loss to the Authority.  We fully respect his decision and would like to offer him our best wishes.

     A global search for a replacement will commence to identify as soon as possible a candidate to succeed Graham.

     During this interim period, Chairmen of the various committees under the Board will work closely with the Management Team to share out the work left by Graham to ensure that the Authority deliver the various milestones of the project as planned.

(Please also refer to the Chinese portion of the opening remarks.)

Ends/Friday, January 7, 2011
Issued at HKT 17:23


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