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China: Emergency relief for earthquake victims in Jiangxi Province

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The Government has accepted the advice of the Disaster Relief Fund Advisory Committee and approved a grant of $1 million from the Disaster Relief Fund to the Association of Chinese Evangelical Ministry Ltd. for the provision of emergency relief to earthquake victims in Jiangxi Province on the Mainland.

To ensure that the money will be used for the designated purposes, the committee will ask the Association of Chinese Evangelical Ministry Ltd to submit an evaluation report and audited accounts on the use of the grant after the relief project has been completed.

The Disaster Relief Fund was established in December, 1993, for emergency disaster relief in places outside Hong Kong. The Disaster Relief Fund Advisory Committee is responsible for advising the Government on the policy and practices regarding the disbursement of funds for disaster relief, advising on specific amounts to specific recipients, and monitoring the use of grants.

The committee is chaired by the Chief Secretary for Administration. Members include the Hon Jasper Tsang Yok-sing, the Hon Andrew Liao Cheung-sing, the Hon Mrs Sophie Leung Lau Yau-fun, Dr the Hon Kwok Ka-ki, Mr Michael Lai Kam-cheung, Mr Irving Koo Yee-yin, the Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury and the Secretary for Health, Welfare and Food.

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