HONG KONG, June 28 (Xinhua) -- Gregory So has been appointed secretary for commerce & economic development of the Hong Kong government, succeeding Rita Lau, who resigned for health reasons in April, said the city government quoting the announcement of China's central government on Tuesday.
So, aged 52, joined the government in June 2008, and has been serving as the commerce & economic development bureau's under secretary. Since Lau's sick leave in March and subsequent resignation, So has been acting as secretary.
Hong Kong's Chief Executive Donald Tsang, who nominated and recommended So for the post, said on Tuesday that So was diligent, receptive and fully devoted to serving the public. "He has gained a comprehensive understanding of the range of work of the bureau while serving as under secretary, and has been effective in discharging higher responsibilities while acting as secretary since March."
"I am confident that Greg will do well in his new position," Tsang added.
So holds a master degree in Business Administration. Before joining the government, he had practiced law for more than 20 years, initially in Canada and since 1989 in Hong Kong.