Thinking About 2007 Workshop
The "Thinking about 2007"
workshop co-organized by the Foundation and the Hong Kong
Policy Research Institute and very efficiently and
generously hosted by the City University of Hong Kong took
place on 21st October 2000.
Over eighty participants from
various University departments, political parties and
public affairs pressure groups took part in the day-long
seminar. A total of five papers were presented, four by
overseas academics and one by a local academic. Full details of the
programme can be found here on the Foundationís web site.
The Focus and Discussion Group
segments, during which vigorous exchanges of views took
place, were a very successful element of the workshop and
fully justified the incorporation of this innovation into
the programme. These Group discussions provided some
useful indicators of the directions further discussion
The primary purpose of the workshop
was to set the scene for future detailed discussion on the
constitutionally related issues facing Hong Kong by
presenting a broad-brush overview of these, including
examples of how some of them had been addressed in other
jurisdictions. This was admirably achieved by the five
presentations, which focussed on setting out general
principles and outlining consequences that would result
from different courses of action. The presentations
refrained from recommending solutions for the Hong Kong
situation, but rather acted as effective guidelines and
stimulus for the participants in their Group discussions.
A "Green Paper" is now
under production and this will identify key issues that
require detailed research and evaluation and which will
form the basis of further discussion. The eventual outcome
of this next stage should be the development of policy
options on these issues which can be put forward for broad
public discussion. The "Green Paper", including
the five presentations and Focus and Discussion Group
notes will be posted here on the Foundationís web site.