The head of a mainland enterprise in Hong Kong was elected yesterday as the head of Hong Kong's delegation to the NPC.
Yuen Mo, director of the China Merchants Group, was elected as convenor of the delegation from the special administrative region (SAR), while Maria Tam Wai-chu and Ng Ching-fai were elected as vice-conveners.
'The SAR deputies wish to increase contacts with the people of Hong Kong in the next five years,' said Mr Ng, also the president of Baptist University in Hong Kong.
Mr Yuen said the deputies hoped they could improve their work with the help of the central government's Liaison Office in Hong Kong and the office of the NPC's standing committee.
'The SAR government has set up offices in Beijing and Guangzhou which can offer help for Hong Kong people travelling to the mainland,' Mr Yuen said.
'But the  Hong Kong deputies are willing to give a helping hand if needed.'
Allen Lee Peng-fei, another deputy from Hong Kong, called for the creation of a joint office in Hong Kong for the SAR deputies to handle complaints and meet members of the public.
He said he hoped the NPC standing committee or Hong Kong government could provide the financial support needed to run the new office.
But Mr Ng said Mr Lee's proposal was not discussed yesterday.
Mr Ng said Gao Siren, director of Beijing's Liaison Office in the SAR and a Guangdong deputy, would attend the meetings of the Hong Kong delegation.
Mr Ng said Mr Gao could provide updated information about the mainland when he attended their meetings.
'Mr Gao's participation will also facilitate co-operation between Hong Kong and Guangdong,' Mr Ng said.