The best way for Hong Kong to develop its Chinese medicine industry is to tap the expertise in neighbouring Guangdong, the chief secretary was advised in Beijing on Monday.
Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, who is on an official visit to Beijing, had asked for the central government’s support in developing the traditional medicine sector.
Speaking after a one-hour meeting with Deputy Health Minister Huang Jiefu on Monday morning, Lam said Huang suggested the city co-operate more closely with Guangdong.
“Vice-minister Huang said as Hong Kong had long had close ties with Guangdong, and Guangdong was the best place for Chinese medicine among all mainland provinces, so he encouraged us to work more closely with Guangdong in areas like scientific research and manpower training,” Lam said. Monday is the second day of her official trip to the capital – her first visit since taking office three months ago.
She and Huang also discussed how the mainland’s medical reforms might affect Hong Kong retirees living in Guangdong, Lam said.
Later on Monday morning Lam met officials from Beijing’s municipal government.
In the afternoon, she is due to meet Wang Guangya, director of the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office, and to visit the National Development and Reform Commission and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.