The Culture and Heritage Commission was established by the Government
in 2000. It is a high-level advisory body responsible for advising the
Government on cultural policies as well as funding priorities in culture
and the arts. The commission's key responsibility is to formulate a set
of principles and strategies to promote the long-term development of culture
in Hong Kong.
The commission published its first consultation report
entitled 'Gathering of Talents for Continual Innovation' and the second
consultation paper 'Identity with Diversity: Evolution through Innovation'
in March 2001 and November 2002, respectively. After two rounds of consultation,
the commission submitted its Policy Recommendation Report to the Government
in April 2003. The Government accepted 90 per cent of the recommendations
put forth in the report and would study the rest.