2015 Policy Address, Uphold the Rule of Law, Seize the Opportunities, Make the Right Choices, Pursue Democracy, Boost the Economy, Improve People's Livelihood
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XII. Conclusion

215.     Mr President, Honourable Members and fellow citizens, in the past two and a half years, the current-term Government has made gradual progress in pursuing democracy, boosting the economy and improving people's livelihood as pledged in my Manifesto.  In the coming year, we still anticipate economic growth and full employment.  The HKSAR Government and I will spare no effort to create favourable conditions for various trades, different local communities and people from all walks of life to start new ventures, sustain business and seek employment.  We should, however, remain vigilant at all times.  We should guard against any acts which will jeopardise our competitiveness, tarnish our reputation, or undermine Hong Kong's stability and prosperity.

216.     The coming year is crucial for Hong Kong's constitutional development.  If we forge a consensus based on a clear understanding of the situation, for the first time in history, we can select the leader of Hong Kong by universal suffrage by "one person, one vote" in 2017.  But to achieve this, we have to lobby members of the Legislative Council and obtain two-thirds majority support from them for the passage of the proposal made in accordance with the Basic Law and the relevant stipulations.  To secure the implementation of democratic universal suffrage, we must respect one another and seek common ground while accommodating differences.  Neither the community nor the Government will accept or tolerate any unlawful acts.

217.     People's livelihood is another priority of the Government for the coming year.  Building on the groundwork we have laid to provide adequate housing, alleviate poverty, care for the elderly and support the disadvantaged, we will stay committed to improving the livelihood of the general public, particularly the underprivileged, by changing mindset, implementing appropriate policies and making effective use of financial resources.  We are confident that our efforts over the past two years will bear more fruits.

218.     Hong Kong people are hardworking, law-abiding and tenacious.  Hong Kong is backed by our country and gathering momentum of development.  Given the strong fiscal position of the HKSAR Government, we will be able to take full advantage of the opportunities ahead and make right choices as long as we adhere to our values, maintain our confidence and stand united.

219.     Lastly, I wish to extend my gratitude to all politically appointed officials and our civil servants for their dedication and efforts.  I would also like to thank this Council, the DCs, statutory and advisory bodies as well as members of the public for your support and collaboration.  Thank you.



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