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I. Introduction 1-18
  Vision 1-10
  Underlying Considerations 11
  A People-oriented Government 12-14
  Addressing People’s Pressing Needs 15-18
II. Economic Development 19-48
  Role of the Government 20
    Appropriately Proactive Governance 20  
  Economic Policy 21-23
  Economic and Trade Relations with the Mainland and Overseas Countries 24-32
    Hong Kong and the Mainland 24-30  
    Hong Kong and Overseas Countries 31-32  
  Development of Industries 33-41
    Financial Services Sector 34-37  
    Business and Professional Services 38-39  
    International Shipping Centre 40-41  
  Industries Where Hong Kong Enjoys Clear Advantages 42-47
    Innovation and Technology Industries 43-45  
    Testing and Certification Industry 46-47  
  Development of Small and Medium Enterprises 48
III. Housing and Land Supply 49-91
  Challenge, Unity and Choice 49-56
  Guiding Principle and Objectives of Housing Policy 57-58
  Current Housing Supply 59-62
  Increasing Supply of Subsidised Housing in Short to Medium Term 63
  Long-term Housing Strategy 64
  Guiding Principle and Objectives of Land Supply 65-72
  Increasing Supply of Housing Land in Short to Medium Term 73-74
  Long-term Land Supply 75-82
    North East New Territories New Development Areas 76  
    Hung Shui Kiu New Development Area 77  
    Developing the New Territories North 78  
    Review of Deserted Agricultural Land in North District and Yuen Long 79  
    Development of Lantau Island 80  
    Reclamation on an Appropriate Scale Outside Victoria Harbour 81  
    Rock Cavern and Underground Space Development 82  
  Supplying More Commercial Land and Facilities 83-86
    Energising Kowloon East 84  
    Kai Tak Development 85  
    Kai Tak Fantasy 86  
  Revitalising Industrial Buildings 87
  Harbourfront Authority 88
  Heritage Conservation 89
  Overall Co-ordination of Land Supply 90-91
IV. A Caring Society and a Home to the People 92-132
  Poverty Alleviation 92-102
    Guiding Principle 92  
    Commission on Poverty 93-94  
    Setting Poverty Line 95  
    Social Security and Retirement Protection 96-98  
    Community Care Fund 99-101  
    Engaging the Business Sector 102  
  Care for the Elderly 103-107
    Ageing in Place 103  
    Residential Care 104-105  
    Promoting a Sense of Worthiness among the Elderly 106  
    Diversified Choices 107  
  Assistance to the Frail 108-115
    Services for Persons with Disabilities 108-115  
  Social Welfare Planning 116-119
  Labour Policy 120-124
    Standard Working Hours 123  
    Employees Retraining 124  
  Mobilising the Community 125-126
  Development of Women 127-128
  Youth Development 129
  Ethnic Minorities 130
  People of Different Sexual Orientation 131
  Fostering Social Integration 132
V. Environmental Protection and Conservation 133-149
  A Green, Healthy and Liveable City 133-134
  Improving Air Quality 135-140
    Phasing Out Old Diesel Commercial Vehicles 136  
    Green Transport 137-138  
    Bus Route Rationalisation 139  
    Vessel Emission Reduction 140  
  Waste Management 141-144
    Resource Sustainability 141  
    Reduction of Food Waste 142  
    Support for Recycling Industry 143  
    Municipal Solid Waste Charging 144  
  Green Building 145
  Ecological Conservation 146-147
  Water Quality of Victoria Harbour 148
  Environment and Conservation Fund 149
VI. Education 150-156
  Guiding Principle 150-151
  Education Planning 152
  Enhancing Kindergarten Education 153
  Equipping Students through Education 154-155
  Support for Students with Special Educational Needs 156
VII. Healthcare 157-170
  Guiding Principle 157-158
  Twin-track System for Public and Private Healthcare Sectors 159-160
  Public Healthcare System 161-166
  Regulation of Private Hospitals 167
  Review of Healthcare Manpower 168
  Chinese Medicine 169
  Healthcare Financing 170
VIII. Transport 171-177
  Guiding Principle 171
  Long-term Railway Development Strategy 172-173
  Review of MTR Fare Adjustment Mechanism 174-176
  Facilitating Traffic Diversion for Road Harbour Crossings 177
IX. Arts and Culture and Sports Development 178-189
  Arts and Culture 178-183
    A Characteristic Hong Kong Culture 178-180  
    Supporting Arts and Culture 181-182  
    Strengthening the Training of Arts Administrators 183  
  Cultural and Creative Industries 184-186
  Sports Development 187-189
X. Administration and Constitutional System 190-197
  District Administration 190-193
  Constitutional Development 194-195
  The Civil Service 196
  Upholding the Core Values of Hong Kong 197
XI. Conclusion 198-200


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