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'Silver economy' panel set up

The Commerce & Economic Development Bureau today established the Advisory Panel on Silver Economy and convened its first meeting with the aim of initiating research on the development of Hong Kong’s growing elderly population as a consumer segment.    Chairing the panel, Secretary for Commerce & Economic Development Algernon Yau said the elderly demographic was emerging as an important part of the city’s economy.    He highlighted that many products and services designed to enhance the quality of life enjoyed by elderly residents are spurring growth and business opportunities.    Mr Yau added that promoting such products and services can help to foster the development of the so-called silver economy and unleash business potential in the elderly market, whilst also catering to the aspirations and needs of elderly people. He said this would be the advisory panel’s focus.     At today’s meeting, the panel endorsed its terms of reference, reviewed statistics relating to

Old building cleaning enhanced

The Home Affairs Department (HAD) has provided an enhanced cleaning service to over 140 buildings since January 25, around half of which were "three-nil" buildings.   "Three-nil" buildings are those that do not have owners' corporations or any form of residents' organisations, or do not engage property management companies.   To help fight COVID-19, the department's headquarters and District Offices have enhanced the cleaning support services to old and "three-nil" buildings for more than a year, with around 4,500 times of cleaning service provided to over 2,200 "three-nil" buildings.   It is expected to provide services to another 70 buildings by the end of the month.   The District Offices have also contacted the management bodies of buildings which had confirmed cases or been included in the Compulsory Testing Notices to remind them to step up cleaning of their buildings.   From the onset of the epidemic, District Offices contacted the relevant building management bodies over 7,900 times.   Additionally, District Offices have also issued letters to owners' corporations in their districts to remind them to enhance the cleaning of their buildings.
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