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Former CE starts youth think tank 2014.11.14
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DO you think Hong Kong’s youths are being sufficiently supported and helped?

Tung Chee-hwa (董建華 ) is hoping to strike the right balance in launching his Our Hong Kong Foundation (團結香港基金會 ) yesterday – at least in colour and age.

For the logo of his foundation, the former chief executive went with green to combine the yellow of the Occupy Central (佔領中環) movement and the blue of its bitter rivals.

“We have lots of ideas in our minds but our target is to be united,” he said. The foundation used the Chinese word for ‘good’ in its logo because it combines the characters for ‘girl’ and ‘boy,’ symbolising women and men contributing to Hong Kong together.

The average age of his 80-strong think tank of advisers is about 50. The think tank invited many retirees, including ex-civil servants. Democrats, too, are welcome.

Former financial secretary Antony Leung Kam-chung (梁錦松 ) stole the limelight on Monday at the launch, castigating the government for failing to address the aspirations of Hong Kong youths.

Leung suggested a fund should be established to help young people start their own businesses. A high-level youth committee and initiatives should also be set up to assist them in owning their own flats. Leung said it was a ‘mistake’ for Hong Kong not to focus on nurturing young talent and building a channel for youths to climb the social ladder.

(The Standard, 11 November 2014)

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