Gov­ern­ment ‘strives to give youth more op­por­tu­ni­ties’

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - FRONT PAGE - By WILLA WU in Hong Kong willa@chi­nadai­

Chief Sec­re­tary for Ad­min­is­tra­tion Matthew Che­ung Kin-chung on Wed­nes­day said more ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties await the city’s youth as the new gov­ern­ment would cre­ate more posts in var­i­ous fields, in­clud­ing po­lit­i­cal par­tic­i­pa­tion, air­line busi­ness, cul­ture and cross-bound­ary trade.

Speak­ing dur­ing a gath­er­ing with lo­cal me­dia, Che­ung said the new ad­min­is­tra­tion would high­light youth de­vel­op­ment in its five-year term, tack­ling prob­lems young peo­ple face in ed­u­ca­tion, job seek­ing and hous­ing.

Che­ung said the gov­ern­ment would pro­mote the ad­vi­sory Man­power De­vel­op­ment Com­mit­tee into a “man­power re­sources plan­ning com­mit­tee” which plans and over­sees the city’s over­all hu­man re­sources pol­icy dur­ing the gov­ern­ment term. Che­ung will chair the up­graded com­mit­tee him­self.

Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping noted that he at­tached great im­por­tance to the de­vel­op­ment of young peo­ple. Dur­ing his three-day visit in Hong Kong cel­e­brat­ing the city’s re­turn to the moth­er­land he urged the spe­cial ad­min­is­tra­tive re­gion gov­ern­ment to work on im­prov­ing young peo­ple’s lives.

Elab­o­rat­ing on po­lit­i­cal par­tic­i­pa­tion, Che­ung said the gov­ern­ment would up­grade the Com­mis­sion on Youth, an ad­vi­sory body now chaired by busi­ness­man Lau Ming-wai, to a “youth pol­icy com­mis­sion” chaired by the chief sec­re­tary.

The up­grade would help bring in more young peo­ple, en­gag­ing them in the pol­i­cy­mak­ing process, Che­ung ex­plained.

The city’s No 2 of­fi­cial also noted other ad­vi­sory bod­ies in the city — statu­tory or quasigov­ern­men­tal — would take on more young peo­ple. He es­ti­mated this would cre­ate hun­dreds of posts for the city’s young peo­ple.

Mean­while, Che­ung said the three-run­way sys­tem at the Hong Kong In­ter­na­tional Air­port, which is ex­pected to de­ploy a new run­way in 2022, would bring about 140,000 new jobs to the city.

Dis­cussing jobs of­fered in cul­tural fields, Che­ung said with the completion of the West Kowloon Cul­tural District and Kai Tak Sports Park, tal­ents in cul­ture, sports and cre­ative in­dus­tries would find them­selves well-placed.

In ad­di­tion to jobs within the city, the gov­ern­ment would strive to pro­vide job op­por­tu­ni­ties out­side the city, Che­ung added. He hinted that the gov­ern­ment was work­ing on plans to build pilot zones in Guang­dong-Hong Kong-Ma­cao Greater Bay Area cities, where Hong Kong work­ers would en­joy fa­vor­able poli­cies such as tax re­lief.

Sim­i­lar prac­tices can be seen in the Qian­hai Shen­zhen-Hong Kong Mod­ern Ser­vice In­dus­try Co­op­er­a­tion Zone, where qual­i­fied Hong Kong em­ploy­ees are of­fered a 15 per­cent in­come-tax re­bate.

Mean­while, the gov­ern­ment would also work with the city’s sole metro op­er­a­tor, MTR, to send young peo­ple to work over­seas.

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