Welcome to the website of the Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Bureau.
The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) was established on 1 July 1997. The Basic Law came into effect on that day and underpins the systems practised in Hong Kong. My colleagues and I regard it as our duty to ensure that matters within the portfolio of constitutional and mainland affairs are dealt with in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Basic Law.
The Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Bureau is responsible for overseeing the full and faithful implementation of the Basic Law. We have developed and maintained a constructive working relationship between the HKSAR Government and the Central People's Government and other Mainland authorities in accordance with the principles of “one country, two systems”, “Hong Kong people administering Hong Kong” and a high degree of autonomy.
With effect from 1 July 2007, the Constitutional Affairs Bureau has been re-titled as the Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Bureau to reflect more clearly a key function of the Bureau in coordinating and promoting closer ties and cooperation with the Mainland. The Bureau is tasked to coordinate liaison between the HKSAR Government and the relevant Mainland Authorities, as well as to promote various regional cooperation initiatives between Hong Kong and the Mainland. We also oversee the operation of the Office of the Government of the HKSAR in Beijing, and the Economic and Trade Offices of the Government of the HKSAR in Guangdong, Shanghai, Chengdu and Wuhan.
In addition, our Bureau is responsible for ensuring that external affairs matters relating to the HKSAR are handled in accordance with the Basic Law and in the interests of Hong Kong. We also support the Hong Kong-Taiwan Economic and Cultural Cooperation and Promotion Council in taking forward cooperation with Taiwan, coordinate the liaison between the HKSAR Government and Taiwan organisations in Hong Kong, and oversee the operation of the Hong Kong Economic, Trade and Cultural Office in Taiwan.
On constitutional affairs, we are committed to attaining the goal of implementing universal suffrage for the Chief Executive and Legislative Council in accordance with the Basic Law and the relevant interpretation and decisions of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress.
On the electoral front, the 2011 District Council Election, the 2011 Election Committee Subsector Elections, the 2012 Chief Executive Election and the 2012 Legislative Council election were concluded in a fair, open and honest manner, and in accordance with the relevant legislation. We will continue to work closely with the Electoral Affairs Commission to ensure that the coming elections will be conducted in the same manner.
Our Bureau is also responsible for matters relating to human rights and access to information. We will continue our efforts to safeguard the rights and freedom of Hong Kong residents and other persons in accordance with the law. These include various promotional activities and subvention to the Equal Opportunities Commission and the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data to implement the legislation under their respective purview.
I invite you to visit this website which provides information on our policies and the work of our Bureau. The success of Hong Kong depends on the concerted efforts of the community. Your opinion will play an important role in shaping the development of our policies. If you have any comments and suggestions on this website or our work, please let us know by e-mail or by post.
Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs