Rita Lau

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This is a Chinese name; the family name is Ng (Lau is the married name).
Rita Lau Ng Wai-lan
劉吳惠蘭
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Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development
In office
12 July 2008 – 13 April 2011
Chief Executive Donald Tsang
Preceded by Frederick Ma
Succeeded by Gregory So
Personal details
Born 1953 (age 63–64)
Hong Kong
Political party None
Alma mater University of Hong Kong
Rita Lau
Traditional Chinese 劉吳惠蘭
Simplified Chinese 刘吴惠兰

Rita Lau Ng Wai-lan (born 1953) GBS JP is a Hong Kong former civil servant. She was appointed Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development in July 2008 after her predecessor Frederick Ma resigned due to health reasons.[1] Coincidentally, ill-health also forced her resignation from this position on 8 April 2011, following an operation to remove a colon tumour.[2]

Mrs Lau joined as Hong Kong Civil Service in 1976. She has served in various bureaux and departments in the government. She was Deputy Secretary for Information Technology and Broadcasting (1998), Director of Urban Services (1999), Director of Food and Environmental Hygiene (2000), Permanent Secretary for the Environment, Transport and Works (Environment and Transport) (2002) and Permanent Secretary for Housing, Planning and Lands (Planning and Lands) (2004), and Permanent Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development (Communications and Technology) (2007).

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Political offices
Preceded by
Frederick Ma
Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development
2008–2011
Succeeded by
Gregory So