Focus groups under a high-level taskforce will start discussions next week on ways to develop the six economic pillars on which the chief executive is pinning hopes for the city's long-term growth. The government-appointed Taskforce on Economic Challenges has identified six areas in which Hong Kong has an edge: education; medical services; environment, innovation and technology; cultural and creative industries; food safety; and product testing and certification. The Central Policy Unit is approaching representatives from the six areas, academics and researchers to take part in the focus groups under the taskforce. Each group will comprise 30 members, including undersecretaries of the relevant policy bureaus and taskforce members. The group on the educational services industry is scheduled to meet next Monday. Among those invited are lawmaker Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee, the vice-chancellor of the University of Hong Kong, Tsui Lap-chee, the president of Baptist University, Ng Ching-fai, and Education Commission chairman Moses Cheng Mo-chi. Chan Yan-chong, director of the MBA programme at City University; former Education Commission member Cheng Kai-ming; and Liu Ah-chuen, chairman of the Subsidised Secondary School Council, are also on the proposed list, which is still being finalised. Lawrence Lau Juen-yee, a taskforce member and vice-chancellor of Chinese University, and fellow taskforce member Victor Fung Kwok-king will be co-convenors. The five other focus groups will follow suit.