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Transcript of remarks by CE at media session before ExCo meeting (with video)
     Following is the transcript of remarks by the Chief Executive, Mrs Carrie Lam, at a media session before the Executive Council meeting this morning (November 21):

Reporter: Mrs Lam, in regards to the 19th Communist Party Congress, why do Hong Kong officials need to learn about the Communist Party and the report? And also, in regards to the former minister, another former minister is arrested. Does that harm Hong Kong's administrative image?
Chief Executive: I can't comment on your latter question because I don't know anything about the case. As far as the organisation of the seminar for Principal Officials and senior civil servants to understand more about the 19th Congress, I want to give you a bit of background. The background is in the last few years, in order to enhance the understanding of senior public servants about developments in the nation, the Hong Kong SAR Government has been organising a series of national affairs seminars. So whenever there are important things in the Mainland, we will request the Central Government to nominate the most relevant official to come to Hong Kong to host a seminar to talk about that particular subject. And subjects that have been the content of these seminars include a wide range of issues like the Belt and Road Initiative, the 13th Five-Year Plan and also the Premier's Work Report, and about science and technology or even cultural development. This particular Communist Party 19th Congress report is of utmost importance for our country's development, so it is only proper and legitimate for public servants to learn more about this subject, and that's why we have asked, as in previous practice, the Central Authorities to nominate the relevant official to come to Hong Kong to do a seminar for us.
(Please also refer to the Chinese portion of the transcript.)
Ends/Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Issued at HKT 12:39
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