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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

HK artist wins manga prize

Secretary for Culture, Sports & Tourism Kevin Yeung today congratulated Hong Kong illustrator and comic artist Bonnie Pang on winning the silver award at the 17th Japan International MANGA Award with her work Chronos Express.


Mr Yeung said: “Ms Pang’s Chronos Express, with its focus on learning for self-development, has captured people’s hearts. We are thrilled to note that her work stood out from many others and is well recognised by international counterparts. The award once again proves the strong competence of Hong Kong’s creative talent.”


Ms Pang thanked the judges for their recognition. She also thanked the Hong Kong Comics Support Programme, which helps local comic artists to showcase their talent and put their works on the international stage.


Ms Pang was one of 15 comic artists selected in the programme’s second round, which was sponsored by Create Hong Kong. Besides winning the gold award and best comic story award in the programme, her work was recommended by the Hong Kong Comics & Animation Federation for participation in the Japan International MANGA Award.

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