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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

Grassroots kids enjoy horse riding

About 20 children from grassroots families today visited Tuen Mun Public Riding School in the company of civil service volunteers to enjoy the fun of horse riding and learn about the stables, with Secretary for the Civil Service Ingrid Yeung and Director of Water Supplies Tony Yau also taking part to lend their support.

 

The event is the first volunteer activity fostered by the Civil Service Bureau and jointly organised by civil service volunteer teams, the Jockey Club and district bodies. The volunteers came from different grades of the Water Supplies Department, including engineers, waterworks inspectors and technical officers.

 

Mrs Yeung said: “The children taking part in the event today have never been around horses. They were very excited to be able to have close contact with the horses under the good care of the volunteers and the patient guidance from staff. Seeing the bright smiles and excitement of the children riding on the back of the horses is the best reward for the volunteers.”

 

She pointed out that apart from showing care for those in need, volunteerism can bolster the solidarity of the civil service and deepen civil servants’ understanding of public needs.

 

“In this way, they can provide public service in their respective posts which are more targeted and can better meet the needs of the people.”

 

She added that the Government will continue to support volunteer teams of various bureaus and departments in organising volunteer activities and providing diversified volunteer services by collaborating with the community in order to achieve greater synergy.


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