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HKBU organises forum to discuss ways to enhance quality and quantity of workforce in Hong Kong

19 Feb 2014

(From left) Ms. Jess Cheuk, Mr. Simon Wong, Ms. Diane Chan, Mr. Francis Mok, and Ms. Christine Fang share their insights on how to enhance the quality of local population
(From left) Ms. Jess Cheuk, Mr. Simon Wong, Ms. Diane Chan, Mr. Francis Mok, and Ms. Christine Fang share their insights on how to enhance the quality of local population

The Centre for Human Resources Strategy and Development under the School of Business organised a forum on population policy last Friday (14 February) to discuss the ways to extend and enhance both the quality and quantity of the workforce in Hong Kong. It was hoped that the challenges which are facing Hong Kong today due to the diminishing labour force could be discussed from various perspectives through mutual interaction and exchange among the participants. In doing so, the forum served to enhance the industry’s awareness towards local human resources and explore the possible ways to solve the labour problem as well as to arouse public concern on the challenges faced by population policy. 

Mr. Kevin Yeung, Under Secretary for Education, HKSAR Government, was invited to deliver a speech at the forum. He said the Government considers population policy as its top priority due to the problem of the aging population and diminishing workforce. The Government has been dedicated to promoting quality education, investing resources in nurturing talent and attracting overseas talents to broaden students’ global perspectives so as to further develop Hong Kong as an education hub. Mr. Yeung hoped the forum would draw in valuable insights from different experts and scholars and provide a good reference to the Government in formulating a suitable population policy. 

Ten veteran professionals from the industry were invited to speak at the forum on how to provide a suitable environment and favourable conditions in order to solve the labour problem, to reduce the mismatch of manpower and to enhance the population quality. Possible ways to assist employers to absorb surplus labour, such as housewives, senior employees, inmates, ethnic minorities, people with disabilities, school leavers, middle-aged employees, new arrivals and rehabilitated individuals were also discussed at the forum.

The 10 speakers were Ms. Christine Fang, Member of the Steering Committee on Population Policy; Mr. Francis Mok, President, Hong Kong Institute of Human Resource Management; Ms. Diane Chan, Executive Director of CTgoodjobs.hk; Mr. Simon Wong, Executive Director of LHGroup; Ms. Jess Cheuk, Human Resources Manager of The Langham Hong Kong; Professor Daniel Shek, Associate Vice-President and Professor of Applied Social Sciences of Hong Kong Polytechnic University; Ms. Amanda Yik, Senior Programme Manager of Community Business; Mr. Aaron Chiang, Executive Director of Human Resources and Administration of Hong Yip Service Company Limited and Vice-President of Hong Kong People Management Association; Mr. H.C. Yiu, Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Employment Development Service; and Dr. Felix Yip, Associate Director of Bachelor of Commerce in Human Resources Management, HKBU.