Source: Hong Kong Information Services
The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government held an oath-taking ceremony for civil servants at the Central Government Offices today.
Witnessed by Chief Executive Carrie Lam, permanent secretaries, heads of department and directorate civil servants at the rank of D6 or above took an oath that they would uphold the Basic Law, bear allegiance to the Hong Kong SAR, and be dedicated to their duties and be responsible to the Hong Kong SAR Government.
Chief Secretary Matthew Cheung and Secretary for the Civil Service Patrick Nip also attended the ceremony.
Noting that permanent secretaries, heads of department and senior directorate civil servants assume leadership positions and play a pivotal role in the formulation and implementation of government policies, the Government said the ceremony bore great significance as it allows them to solemnly make an open acknowledgement of their acceptance and commitment to uphold the Basic Law, swear allegiance to the Hong Kong SAR and be responsible to the Government.
The ceremony also demonstrates the solidarity and commitment of the senior echelon of the Government to implement the policy of “one country, two systems” and serve for the betterment of society, providing a good example to the rest of the civil service and enhancing public confidence in it.
According to the Basic Law and the Civil Service Code, it is the duty and responsibility of civil servants to be dedicated to their duties and be responsible to the Hong Kong SAR Government.
This is also what the Government and society have all along expected and required of them.
The requirement for civil servants to take an oath or make a declaration is an open acknowledgement of the acceptance and a genuine manifestation of the responsibilities of and expectations on civil servants under the Basic Law and the Civil Service Code.
It also enables them to have a clearer awareness of the duties, responsibilities and requirements entailed by their official positions, thereby further safeguarding, strengthening and promoting the core values that should be upheld by civil servants, and in turn, ensuring the effective governance of the Hong Kong SAR Government.
The Civil Service Bureau issued a circular in October requiring all civil servants joining the Hong Kong SAR Government on or after July 1 this year to take an oath or sign a declaration as one of the conditions for appointment.
The bureau will shortly promulgate the details of arrangements for requiring all serving civil servants to sign the declaration.