THE government has received more than 1,100 applications from those wanting to join five committees open to youngsters, Chief Secretary Matthew Cheung Kin-chung (張建宗) said.
A total of 1,176 applications were received, Cheung said, but a majority were above the age limit of 35, leaving only 500 eligible.
The applications were for 11 vacancies on five panels: the Youth Development Committee (青年發展委員會), Action Committee Against Narcotics (禁毒常務委員會), Committee on the Promotion of Civic Education (公民教育委會),Environmental Campaign Committee (環境運動委員會) and Committee on Innovation, Technology and Re-industrialisation (創新、科技及再工業化委員會).
“Among them, the Youth Development Committee is the most popular, receiving more than 530 applications,” Cheung said.
He hopes to finish the selection process in the first quarter of next year, so that the Youth Development Committee can start operating in mid-2018.
The government will also consider expanding the application system to the other committees, but it depends on the level of interest for the five committees.
There are about 480 members aged 18-35 on more than 400 committees, and the government aims to have about 400 more to join. It wants 15 percent of committee members to be within that age group by 2022.
(This article is published on Junior Standard on 18 December 2017)
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