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Youth commission meets

Chief Secretary John Lee today chaired the Youth Development Commission's ninth meeting where members welcomed the new youth development initiatives and the direction of reorganising the Government structure to foster and support youth development in the 2021 Policy Address.   The commission will actively follow up on the Chief Executive’s invitation to explore the introduction of a new funding scheme to subsidise eligible non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to organise projects that are conducive to nurturing young people's positive thinking.   It will roll out a new thematic funding scheme on outdoor adventure training activities for more NGOs to provide systematic and quality outdoor adventure training activities for young people.   Members were also briefed on the latest progress of the Funding Scheme for Youth Entrepreneurship in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area and the Greater Bay Area Youth Employment Scheme, as well as the details of relevant Polic

Anti-epidemic meeting held

A meeting on the anti-epidemic work of the Mainland and Hong Kong was held today in Shenzhen.   It was hosted by Hong Kong & Macao Affairs Office of the State Council Deputy Director Huang Liuquan.   Chief Secretary John Lee led Hong Kong Special Administrative Region representatives to attend the meeting and exchange strategies with Mainland representatives on preventing and fighting COVID-19 as well as study the resumption of quarantine-free travel between the Mainland and Hong Kong.   Mr Huang noted that the office organised the meeting as the central government attaches great importance to the request by Chief Executive Carrie Lam on the resumption of quarantine-free travel with the Mainland.   Mr Lee thanked the central government for its support and care towards the Hong Kong SAR's efforts in preventing and fighting the virus, and for offering vital assistance on many occasions.   He also expressed gratitude to the office for arranging the meeting within a short period of time, enabling officials and experts from the Hong Kong SAR to exchange professional views with experts from the National Health Commission.   At the meeting, representatives introduced the epidemic situation, anti-epidemic strategies and policy measures in the Mainland and Hong Kong.   Mainland experts agreed with Hong Kong's determination in fighting the epidemic and reaffirmed the city's present situation of zero local infections.   Experts of both sides examined the possible risks after the resumption of quarantine-free travel.   Mr Lee expressed Hong Kong people's eagerness for the resumption and the close correlation of resuming quarantine-free travel with the economy and people's livelihood.   The two sides will further study the details and strive to hold a second meeting as soon as possible.   Mainland representatives in the meeting included those from the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the Hong Kong SAR, the Guangdong Provincial Government and the Shenzhen Municipal Government.   Hong Kong SAR representatives included Secretary for Food & Health Prof Sophia Chan, Secretary for Innovation & Technology Alfred Sit and Director of the Chief Executive's Office Chan Kwok-ki.
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