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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

2 vaccination events held

Secretary for the Civil Service Patrick Nip today went to Yuen Long and Sheung Wan to encourage people to get vaccinated against COVID-19.   The Government’s outreach vaccination team provided the BioNTech vaccination service to residents at a temporary vaccination area set up in a Yuen Long shopping mall.   Meanwhile, senior citizens taking part in a vaccination event for the elderly in Central & Western District received jabs after a health talk and medical consultation in Sheung Wan.   Those who opted to receive the Sinovac or BioNTech vaccines were then arranged to get their jabs at the community vaccination centres at Java Road Sports Centre or Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park Sports Centre.   Mr Nip thanked the participants, representatives of the organisers and supporting groups.   Under the threat posed by mutant strains, Mr Nip appealed to the public to get vaccinated early in a bid to reduce their risk of falling seriously ill and dying should they get infected.
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