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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

Lecture held for civil servants

Prof Cheng Meidong of Peking University's School of Marxism delivered a lecture on the "Chinese Path to Modernisation under the New Era" at the Civil Service College today.


The lecture is part of the “one country, two systems" and the contemporary China programme organised by the college in collaboration with the university's Institute for Hong Kong & Macau Studies.


Addressing the lecture, Civil Service College Head Oscar Kwok stressed that the features of Hong Kong that are unique to the Chinese context as noted by President Xi Jinping in the report of the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, are indeed the "one country, two systems" principle the city enjoys. 


It is due to the "two systems" principle that Hong Kong holds distinctive advantages over other cities in the country, enjoying the strong support of the motherland and maintaining close connections with the world, Mr Kwok said.


“Therefore, as civil servants of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, they must proactively support the country's international exchanges and co-operation, and foster cultural exchanges in their respective roles.” 


He added that civil servants should actively assist in Hong Kong's integration into the overall national development and dovetail with national strategies, including the National 14th Five-Year Plan, the development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area and the Belt & Road Initiative, noting that by doing so, Hong Kong can contribute significantly to the modernisation of the country on all fronts.


Around 70 participants attended the programme, while about 80 politically appointed officials and other directorate officers joined the lecture via video conferencing.

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