Things will get worse before they get better, respondents feel
A first-quarter consumer confidence survey by the Bauhinia Foundation Research Centre found respondents have slightly brighter expectations for the local economy in the coming 12 months, but less so for the immediate future. The job market is expected to improve a little in the next three months but remain unchanged for the coming year. But respondents' views on property purchases and daily expenses for the next three months have worsened significantly. Lingnan University's Public Governance Programme was commissioned to interview more than 1,000 people by phone between March 8 and 13.
More women wanted for statutory bodies
The target ratio of women's participation in advisory and statutory bodies will be raised from 25 to 30 per cent in June under internal guidelines to bureaus and departments, Secretary for Home Affairs Tsang Tak-sing said. Of 384 bodies with non-official appointed members, 213 have a women's participation rate of less than 30 per cent. Tsang said that this was because of the culture and practices in society.