In response to rising concerns over cost overruns for a slew of infrastructure projects in recent years, the government sought to assure that it could shave off more than HK$10 billion from future public works projects.
Paul Chan Mo-po is Hong Kong's financial secretary. An accountant and the former president of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants (HKICPA), he was appointed development secretary by Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying after the resignation of Mak Chai-kwong following a housing allowance scandal. In July 2013, Chan was accused of a conflict of interest when it was revealed that he or his family had an interest in a plot of land in the New Territories that the government had plans to develop. In January 2017, he was named to his current position.