“Serving the Evolving City” Conference
The Conference was held on 12 January 2017. As part of a continuing process of looking at civil service wide issues, the event provided an avenue for exchanging ideas and sharing experience among colleagues from within the civil service. With the assistance of ideas and challenges presented by distinguished speakers who were knowledgeable about the way public service works, the possible strategies and initiatives in developing civil service capabilities for serving this rapidly evolving city better were explored.
Youth.gov.hk enriches contents to meet youth’s needs
Youth.gov.hk released on 7 July 2016 findings of a research “Youth’s View on Obtaining Information Related to Entrepreneurship” completed earlier. The Research finds that 55% respondents aged between 15 and 35 regard entrepreneurship as a viable career option. However, a majority of those interested in entrepreneurship indicate that they lack sufficient knowledge and skills for starting their businesses, and have difficulties in locating crucial online information especially on “market intelligence”, “channels for network building”, “channels for financing”, “entrepreneurship experience sharing” and “legal consultation”.
Youth.gov.hk, administered by the Efficiency Unit (now known as the Efficiency Office), has developed a new section “Starting a Business” to enrich, consolidate and reorganise relevant information to meet youth’s needs identified. The section includes a start-up checklist, ways to source capital, business tips for start-ups, and courses which youth can get prepared for starting their own businesses. For more information about the “Starting a Business” section, please visit
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SIE Fund Announces First Batch of 25 Innovative Ventures
The Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development Fund (SIE Fund) announced the first batch of 25 ventures funded under its Innovative Programmes at a kick-off ceremony held on 15 May 2016. The 25 innovative ventures will test out new approaches to alleviating poverty and preventing social exclusion, creating value for more than 25,000 beneficiaries from the underprivileged groups. Officiating at the ceremony were Mrs Carrie Lam, Chief Secretary for Administration and Chairperson of the Commission on Poverty; Prof Stephen Cheung Yan-leung, Chairperson of the SIEDF Task Force; and Mr Kim Salkeld, Secretary-General of the Task Force Secretariat. For details please visit the SIE Fund website.
International Research Society for Public Management (IRSPM) Annual Conference 2016 Civic Reception cum Exhibition
The International Research Society for Public Management (IRSPM) is a leading international academic association for advancing research on public management and public policy implementation. Touring around countries, IRSPM facilitates discussions and promotes enhancement of public service in a global yet local perspective. Its 2016 Annual Conference was held in Hong Kong in the 2nd quarter of the year. A Civic Reception cum Exhibition was hosted by the former Efficiency Unit with a view to providing participating delegates with an opportunity to meet and exchange ideas about public administration and management; and showcasing the “Past”, “Present”, and “Prospective” of Public Sector Reform in Hong Kong. You may click here for contents of materials displayed at the Exhibition.