Published: 12:49, April 21, 2024
HK delegation explores governance in Zhejiang
By Wang Zhan
Hong Kong Secretary for Home and Youth Affairs Alice Mak Mei-kuen (front row, second right) and members of a delegation of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region District Officers tour Dongsheng and learn more about grassroots governance there. (PHOTO / HKSAR GOVT)

HONG KONG – A delegation of Hong Kong district officers gained a deeper understanding of the implementation of modernization with Chinese characteristics and district governance matters in Zhejiang on Saturday.

Led by Secretary for Home and Youth Affairs Alice Mak Mei-kuen, the delegation visited the Fengqiao Experience Exhibition Hall in Zhuji city, where members learned about the development of the "Fengqiao Experience" and the social governance approach of being people-centric while systematically preventing and resolving conflicts.

They also visited the Convenient Service Centre in Fengqiao town to understand how the "Fengqiao Experience" has been put into practice in the local community.

The delegation also toured Dongsheng and exchanged views with community members there on grassroots governance, while learning how the "Fengqiao Experience" has been extended to urban communities through the coordination of different community organizations participating in local governance and the provision of convenient services to residents.

The delegation also visited the Yuequan Secondary School in Pujiang County to learn about the "Pujiang Experience" and ways to improve the relationship between government officials and the public with a view to strengthening and enhancing district governance. They were shown a feature film and viewed a photo exhibition.

Secretary for Home and Youth Affairs Alice Mak Mei-kuen (front row, sixth right) and members of the delegation pose for a photo while touring the community of Dongsheng and exchanging views with community members on the experience of grassroots governance on April 20, 2024. (PHOTO / HKSAR GOVT)

The delegates also visited the historic Xinguang Village, which has been revitalized as a local tourism destination.

The delegation arrived in Hangzhou from Beijing on Friday and was received by the Zhejiang Government’s Department of Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Deputy Director Yao Guowen with a welcoming dinner.

Thanking Yao for meeting the delegation, Mak said Zhejiang was the place of origin of the "Fengqiao Experience" and has long promoted the concept of relying on its people to resolve problems.

She recognized that Zhejiang people are encouraged to speak up, discuss matters and take charge, and are able to creatively resolve social disputes and problems, adding that this can serve as a valuable example for Hong Kong.

She expressed her hope that there can be more exchanges and cooperation between the two places in relation to district governance work in the future.