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Colonial Secretary of Hong Kong

Chief Secretary for Administration of Hong Kong
Emblem of Hong Kong
The Honourable
Member of Government Secretariat
Executive Council
Reports to Legislative Council
Residence Victoria House, 15 Barker Road, The Peak
Appointer Central People's Government
Term length No longer than the Chief Executive's remaining term
Inaugural holder Anson Chan
Formation 1 July 1997 (1997-07-01) (16 years ago)
Politics and government of Hong Kong

Basic Law
Chief Executive: Leung Chun-ying
Chief Secretary: Carrie Lam
Financial Secretary: John Tsang
Secretary for Justice: Rimsky Yuen
Executive Council
    Convenor: Lam Woon-kwong
Bureaus, depts, etc.
Political Appointments
Accountability System
Hong Kong Civil Service
Legislative Council
President: Jasper Tsang
Geographical constituency
Functional constituency
Political parties
   Pan-democracy camp
   Pro-Beijing camp
Court of Final Appeal
    Chief Justice: Geoffrey Ma
High Court
District Councils
Human rights
Foreign relations
Universal suffrage

Other Hong Kong topics
Culture - Economy
Education - Geography - History
Hong Kong Portal

The Chief Secretary for Administration (Chinese: 政務司司長), commonly known as the Chief Secretary of Hong Kong, is the most senior principal official of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. The Chief Secretary is the head of the Government Secretariat which oversees the administration of the Region to which all other ministers belong, and is accountable for his or her policies and actions to the Chief Executive and to the Legislative Council.

The Chief Secretary formulates and implements government policy, gives advice to the Chief Executive as a member of the Executive Council, and is responsible for managing the Government's relationship with the Legislative Council and drawing up the Government's legislative programme. The office also exercises certain statutory functions, such as the handling of appeals from designated public bodies.[1]

Prior to the transfer of sovereignty of Hong Kong in 1997, the office was known simply as "Chief Secretary" (布政司), and before 1976, "Colonial Secretary" (輔政司).[2] Until the introduction of the Principal Officials Accountability System in 2002, the Chief Secretary was a civil service position, and in this capacity, the head of the public service. In 2005, Henry Tang became the first person who has not been a civil servant to be appointed to the office of the Chief Secretary.

List of Secretaries

Colonial Secretaries between 1843 and 1976

Chief Secretaries between 1976 and 1997

Chief Secretaries for Administration after 1997

  Denotes acting Chief Secretary for Administration
No. Portrait Name Took office Left office Chief Executives
1 Anson Chan
July 1, 1997 April 30, 2001 Tung Chee Hwa
2 Donald Tsang
May 1, 2001 May 25, 2005
- Michael Suen
May 25, 2005 June 30, 2005 Henry Tang
3 Rafael Hui
June 30, 2005 June 30, 2007 Donald Tsang
4 Henry Tang
July 1, 2007 September 28, 2011
5 Stephen Lam
September 29, 2011 June 30, 2012
6 Carrie Lam
July 1, 2012 present CY Leung


The Chief Secretary resides at an official residence at 15 Barker Road, The Peak, Hong Kong.

See also

Hong Kong portal



External links

  • Official website
  • Organisation chart of Hong Kong Government
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