LSE and LSE SU Hong Kong Public Affairs Society lecture
Date: Wednesday 19 November 2008
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Speaker: Donald Tsang
Chair: Howard Davies
Donald Tsang has been the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China since 21 June 2005. He was re-elected on 25 March 2007 as the third-term Chief Executive, and was formally appointed by the Central People's Government on 2 April 2007. His new term of office will run from 1 July 2007 to 30 June 2012. Mr Tsang became the Chief Secretary for Administration of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government (HKSARG) on 1 May 2001. He was the leading Principal Official to support the Chief Executive in administering Hong Kong and to advise him on matters of policy.
On 1 July 2002, Mr Tsang left the civil service and joined the team of Principal Officials under a new accountability system of government. He continued to occupy the position of the Chief Secretary for Administration until his resignation on 25 May 2005 to stand for election as Chief Executive. Before becoming Chief Secretary, Mr Tsang was Financial Secretary in the HKSARG. During his six-year tenure as Financial Secretary, Mr Tsang steered Hong Kong through the Asian financial crisis that swept across the region in 1997 and 1998. He later masterminded rigorous reforms to enhance the local financial infrastructure.
Mr Tsang was educated in Hong Kong, holding a Master's degree in Public Administration from Harvard University. He has received honorary doctorates from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and the University of Hong Kong.
A transcript of Donald Tsang's speech is now available to download.
Download: A lecture by Donald Tsang, Chief Executive of Hong Kong (pdf)
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