The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) of the People's Republic of China is headed by the Chief Executive. Mrs Carrie Lam became the Chief Executive of the HKSAR on 1 July 2017.
She is advised on major policy decisions by the Executive Council.
The HKSAR has a two-tier system of representative government. At the central level is the Legislative Council which legislates, controls public expenditure and monitors the performance of the Government. At the district level, district councils advise on the implementation of policies in their respective areas.
The executive arm of the Government is organised into the Government Secretariat and departments. Government Secretariat Bureaux formulate policies and initiate legislative proposals. Departments implement laws and policies and provide direct services to the community.
The HKSAR has an independent Judiciary. It is responsible for the administration of justice and interprets the laws enacted by the legislature.
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Each year, the Chief Executive of the HKSAR Government presents her Policy Address, which outlines the Government's plans and sets priorities for the year.
Each year, the Financial Secretary of the HKSAR Government presents the Budget of the coming fiscal year.