Hong Kong Chief Executive John Lee Ka-chiu speaks at a press breifing in the city on Feb 28, 2023. (ANDY CHONG / CHINA DAILY)

HONG KONG – Chief Executive John Lee Ka-chiu will depart for Beijing on Sunday afternoon to attend the closing meeting of the first session of the 14th National People's Congress.

He will then call on various central ministries and authorities to exchange views on issues of common interest to enhance cooperation to promote Hong Kong's integration into national development and create strong impetus for the growth of the special administrative region.

According to a government statement published on Friday, Director of the Chief Executive's Office Carol Yip and Director of Information Services Fletch Chan will accompany Lee on the trip. 

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Heads of relevant bureaus will join part of the visit. They include Secretary for Culture, Sports and Tourism Kevin Yeung; Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Erick Tsang; Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury Christopher Hui; Secretary for Security Tang Ping-keung; Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Algernon Yau; Secretary for Health Prof Lo Chung-mau; Secretary for Education Choi Yuk-lin; and Secretary for Innovation, Technology and Industry Prof essorSun Dong.

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The CE will return to Hong Kong on March 18. During his absence, Chief Secretary Chan Kwok-ki will be acting chief executive.