The Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Council is an organ assisting the Premier to deal with affairs related to Hong Kong and Macao. Its main functions are:
To conduct research on various aspects of Hong Kong and Macao;
To plan and coordinate the official contacts between different mainland departments and localities - and also with the HKSAR and MCSAR;
To maintain contact with the Chief Executive and government of the HKSAR - and of the MCSAR;
To promote and coordinate cooperation and exchanges in fields such as economics, science, technology, education and culture between the mainland and the two SARs of Hong Kong and Macao;
To examine applications, approve and issue ravel documents for public servants heading to HK and Macao;
To participate the management of service export to and mainland companies in HK and Macao;
To promote the Basic Laws of HKSAR and MCSAR, as well as the principles and policies of the central government concerning HK and Macao.