Patrick Nip Tak-kuen
|Secretary for the Civil Service|
|Assumed office |
22 April 2020
|Chief Executive||Carrie Lam|
|Preceded by||Joshua Law|
|Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs|
1 July 2017 – 22 April 2020
|Chief Executive||Carrie Lam|
|Preceded by||Raymond Tam|
|Succeeded by||Erick Tsang|
|Born||1964 (age 55–56)|
|Alma mater||University of Hong Kong (BSS)|
Harvard Kennedy School (MPA)
Nip attended Kwun Tong Maryknoll College and then the University of Hong Kong, graduating in 1986. He obtained a master's degree in public administration from Harvard Kennedy School and has also studied at Oxford University and attended national studies courses at the Chinese Academy of Governance.
Nip joined the Administrative Service in August 1986, serving in various bureaux and departments, including the City and New Territories Administration, the Deputy Chief Secretary's Office, the Trade and Industry Branch, the Finance Branch, the Civil Service Branch, the Trade Department, the Chief Executive's Office, the former Health and Welfare Bureau, the Beijing Office and the former Health, Welfare and Food Bureau.
He was appointed Director of Social Welfare in 2009 and Director (Special Duties) in the Chief Secretary for Administration's Private Office in 2013, before becoming Director of Information Services in February 2014. For a year from July 2016 he was Permanent Secretary for Food and Health (Health).
From July 2017, Nip was Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs. But in a cabinet reshuffle on 22 April 2020, Lam removed him from the role (to be replaced by Erick Tsang). The announcement came two days after Nip's office had issued (and then amended) press statements that failed to reflect Beijing's assertion that the Liaison Office and Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office were not subject to Article 22 of the Basic Law, preventing interference in Hong Kong affairs by mainland authorities. Until then, all branches of the Hong Kong Government had always stated that they were, and indeed it was widely held that that such effect was central to the 'one country, two systems principle.
Nip immediately took up the role of Secretary for the Civil Service, controversially the first non-civil servant to hold the post, at a time of emerging political activism within Civil Service ranks and pressure from Beijing for unswerving loyalty from all Hong Kong government staff. In October 2020, Nip announced a new rule, stating that civil servants who do not sign a declaration to uphold the Basic Law or do not swear allegiance to the Hong Kong government would risk losing future promotions. Apple Daily reported in October 2020 that Nip had previously said those who violate their oaths could also face dismissal and other serious consequences. In addition, he said that civil servants should "explain, implement and promote" government policies without their personal opinions, and also refrain from openly criticizing government decisions.
- "Mr Patrick Nip Tak-kuen, JP, Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs". Hong Kong government.
- "Senior appointments (with photos)".
- Ho, Kelly (2020-04-21). "Mainland affairs minister Patrick Nip replaced following apology over Beijing office row". Hong Kong Free Press. HKFP. Retrieved 2020-04-21.
- Cheung, Gary (2020-04-21). "Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam to announce major cabinet reshuffle with four ministers leaving and another transferred, sources reveal". SCMP. Retrieved 2020-04-21.
- Cheng, Lillian (2020-04-23). "Hong Kong's new civil service chief faces daunting challenge of pleasing Beijing while boosting staff morale, experts say". SCMP. Retrieved 2020-04-23.
- "Signal of disloyalty if civil servants don't swear allegiance, minister Patrick Nip suggests". Apple Daily 蘋果日報 (in Chinese). Retrieved 2020-10-10.
- "Civil servants violate their oaths if they don't accept 'one country, two systems,' says civil service chief". Apple Daily 蘋果日報 (in Chinese). Retrieved 2020-10-12.
Stephen Frederick Fisher
| Director of Social Welfare
| Director of Information Services
| Permanent Secretary for Food and Health (Health)
| Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs
| Secretary for the Civil Service