'I am determined to carry out my work in a pragmatic way, focusing on results and not making unrealistic promises' Donald Tsang Yam-kuen yesterday unveiled a shake-up of the way Hong Kong is governed, in a bid to provide a stronger executive-led administration. In his maiden policy address, he mapped out reforms of the Executive Council, major modifications to the ministerial system and the establishment of a 100-member super-advisory body on long-term political, economic and development issues. A new layer of political cadres will be created, pending the outcome of a consultation, to assist the chief executive and principal officers. To promote participatory politics that could help broaden support for the government, the district council and administration systems will be strengthened. Delivering no new initiatives on executive-legislature relations, the chief executive made it clear that sharing power with the legislature was totally out of the question. 'It's important to remember that it's now an executive-led government. The Basic Law does not mention power-sharing,' he said at a post-address press conference. 'The Basic Law wants the executive and the legislature to take into account public opinion and co-operate; and provide monitoring as appropriate. This should be the right way.' In his address, Mr Tsang instilled a sense of history as he outlined his strategy and plans for taking Hong Kong on a different road from that of his predecessor, Tung Chee-hwa. 'Hong Kong stands on the threshold of a new beginning ... We must seize it for future generations,' he said. 'I am determined to carry out my work in a sincere and pragmatic way, focusing on results and not making unrealistic promises, and to establish a new approach to governance.' His 38-page policy blueprint, entitled Strong Governance for the People, unravels many of the administrative changes introduced by Mr Tung - but seeks to build on the ministerial system. The blueprint expands Mr Tsang's election themes of governance, harmony and economic growth, and echoes the expectations for Hong Kong laid out by Vice-President Zeng Qinghong when he visited the city last month. Explaining the rationale for his administrative revamp, Mr Tsang said strong government was crucial for promoting social harmony and economic development. 'I believe what the public want is not grand proposals. What's important is that I am able to spell out clearly what I can do in the coming two years, be able to respond to people's aspirations, and provide a clear direction for future development,' he said. 'That's what 'strong governance for the people' is about.' Under his plan, the role of the chief secretary and financial secretary will be restored to that of colonial days - ministers will report to them instead of the chief executive, as under the system introduced by Mr Tung in 2002. The Chief Executive's Office will be led by a politically appointed director, while a civil servant will be responsible for internal operations. The information co-ordinator post will also be revived. Mr Tsang said the changes were to ensure efficient governance rather than consolidate his own power. 'It isn't any drastic change. It's a marginal growth in response to genuine needs.' Without releasing names yet, Mr Tsang said the enlarged Executive Council would comprise leading figures from different sectors. Ministers would continue to be responsible for promoting policies, while Exco members would be involved in policy formulation at an earlier stage. Mr Tsang maintained that the ministerial system was the way forward, despite criticism last week by former chief secretary Anson Chan Fang On-sang that the civil service system was being destroyed. 'The political system cannot come to a standstill. In light of the ultimate goal of universal suffrage in the Basic Law, the governor and the civil service-led colonial system cannot remain unchanged forever. 'There were difficulties when implementing the accountability system over the past few years. And there is room for improvement. But the public can see for themselves there is a spirit of accountability.' Mr Tsang only touched on constitutional reform, saying the soon-to-be-released proposals for the chief executive and Legislative Council elections in 2007 and 2008 would be a milestone for Hong Kong's democratic development. Amid a growing chorus of opposition, Legco will be asked to consider again its approval of a new government headquarters at Tamar before the project goes ahead. On cross-border matters, a new office will be set up under the Constitutional Affairs Bureau to help strengthen relations with the mainland, and the individual visitor scheme will be expanded. The restricted border area will also be scaled down for better development. Mr Tsang denied the middle-class had been left out of his policy strategy, saying it also touched on broader issues such as education. Some quality of life initiatives were included, such as measures to cut pollution and improve food safety. But Mr Tsang stopped short of giving tax concessions - as had been widely speculated - saying he did not want to interfere with the financial secretary's job.