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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 charging promoted in schools

Secretary for Environment & Ecology Tse Chin-wan and Under Secretary for Education Sze Chun-fai today viewed Yaumati Kaifong Association School's educational activities on municipal solid waste (MSW) charging.


They browsed information boards on MSW charging and participated in a quiz game with 80 students from Yaumati Kaifong Association School and TKDS Fong Shu Chuen School.


Mr Tse noted: “MSW charging will be implemented on April 1. Our implementation strategy is firstly, through education as nurturing the public to develop the habit of clean recycling is particularly important. Therefore, we attach great importance to the promotion and educational work at the school level.”


The Environmental Protection Department will distribute a 15-litre pre-paid designated bag to each primary school student in Hong Kong progressively, so they can share the MSW charging information at home with their families.


The department will also arrange for publicity materials on MSW charging, including posters, banners and electronic leaflets, to be displayed in all primary and secondary schools in Hong Kong and distribute the materials to students, staff and parent groups by email.

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