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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

Waste bag remarks condemned

The Environmental Protection Department today condemned as defamatory and slanderous the remarks in an online video clip claiming the designated bags for municipal solid waste charging are easily torn.


The department made it clear that the bag shown in the video was not the designated bag.


The bags to be put on sale soon have already passed all tests of relevant international and/or national standards and will not be easily damaged. The tests included those on minimum tensile strength, minimum percentage of elongation, puncture and impact resistance. Click here to view the department’s field test for the designated bag.


In addition to condemning the false news, the Government reminded the public that as there have recently been many rumours with malicious intent regarding the quality of designated bags, they should be extra vigilant to avoid being misled and deceived.


The department will refer cases with suspected criminal elements to Police for follow-up.

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