GOVERNOR Chris Patten must come up with a long-term policy to tackle the jobless crisis, the new chairman of the Employees' Retraining Board will tell him at the unemployment summit next week. But Tam Yiu-chung, who succeeds Samuel Wong Ping-wai as chairman of the board from tomorrow, said yesterday he had to pack a lot into his five-minute speech scheduled for next Thursday. 'Five minutes is very tight and is not enough for me to say all what I want to say. But I have no choice but to give some important points,' he said. 'I was told there would be employer and employee representatives giving speeches at the summit and there would also be questions from the forum, so I will be given about five minutes,' said Mr Tam. He said he would demand the Government come up with a long-term policy to tackle unemployment, now at 3.5 per cent. The incoming retraining chief is worried he will be unable to convey to Mr Patten and the public in just five minutes the ways in which his board can tackle the jobless problem. A government spokesman refused to divulge the guest list and schedule for the summit, insisting they were still being prepared. A similar summit in June allowed outgoing chairman Mr Wong only five minutes to make his speech. Mr Tam denied the board was being overlooked by the Government. 'If the Government did not recognise our role, it would not have invited us to attend,' he said. But Mr Tam, a former legislator and vice-chairman of the Federation of Trade Unions, said the speech would include a request for the Governor's financial support. The board, appointed by the Governor, was set up in 1992 with an injection of $300 million. It has also been funded by fees levied on employers who receive permission to import workers under the general labour importation scheme. But the employer levy is expected to be cut dramatically following the Government's plan to replace the scheme with a supplementary labour scheme. The quota for imported labour will be slashed by 80 per cent to 5,000 from January. Airport projects would be finished in the coming years and imported workers would leave Hong Kong, further reducing the levies from employers, he said. 'We foresee a financial difficulty next year,' he said. As the board's annual running costs amounted to almost $300 million and its coffers currently held less than $300 million, the sum was insufficient to cover next year's costs or expand other retraining courses.