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Rural voter registration opens

The voter registration campaign for the 2021 Rural Representative Election opened today.   Those eligible should sign up by July 16, the Home Affairs Department said.   There are three types of rural representatives - Indigenous Inhabitant Representatives, Resident Representatives and Kaifong Representatives.   Indigenous Inhabitant Representatives are returned by indigenous inhabitants, their spouses or surviving spouses of an indigenous or composite indigenous village.   They reflect indigenous inhabitants’ views on village affairs, and deal with affairs relating to indigenous inhabitants’ lawful traditional rights and interests and the traditional way of life.   Resident Representatives are returned by both indigenous and non-indigenous inhabitants living in an existing village. They reflect views on village affairs on behalf of the residents.   Kaifong Representatives, returned by Cheung Chau or Peng Chau residents, reflect residents’ views on the two market towns’ affa

200 jobs, internships to be created

The Commerce & Economic Development Bureau today said it will launch two internship programmes to create some 200 full-time entry-level job opportunities for young people in the creative industries and telecommunications sectors.   The Future International Talent (FIT) programme and the Telecommunications Opportunities Programme (TOP) will work in collaboration with six international chambers of commerce in Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups (HKFYG).   Under FIT, the six participating chambers will help recruit their member companies to offer over 100 internship or job opportunities to young people.   The TOP will provide about 100 internship placements offered by various telecommunications-related companies to young people through the HKFYG’s strong networks. Vacancies include positions for software programmers, assistant engineers and sales and marketing trainees.   Secretary for Commerce & Economic Development Edward Yau thanked the six international chambers and the HKFYG for their partnership and commitment towards the nurturing of talents in Hong Kong.   He said: “I am confident that with their respective comprehensive networks and knowledge of the trade and young people, the two programmes will be launched successfully.   “The two programmes will also provide much-needed job opportunities for our young people at this difficult time.”    For the two internship programmes, the Government will provide monthly salary subsidies under the Job Creation Scheme funded by the Anti-epidemic Fund.   The subsidy level is set at $5,610 per fresh graduate or graduate to be with no work experience, and $10,000 for one with no more than five years of work experience, for a maximum of 12 months.   The intern recruitment exercises will commence within the first quarter of this year. Details will be announced in due course. 
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