Gary Lai

Gary Lai

Gary Lai is an economist. He was the founder and director for 10 years of the anti-poverty campaign TKO Poverty.

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Eye on Asia | How insuring the poor in Hong Kong and elsewhere is becoming big business

Microinsurance, previously the domain of NGOs, is gaining critical mass as a market and starting to attract big banks and tech start-ups, including in Hong Kong. This is good news for the poor, whose needs for insurance have increased with climate change and the pandemic.

3 Nov 2020 - 5:12PM

Microinsurance, previously the domain of NGOs, is gaining critical mass as a market and starting to attract big banks and tech start-ups, including in Hong Kong. This is good news for the poor, whose needs for insurance have increased with climate change and the pandemic.

How insuring the poor in Hong Kong and elsewhere is becoming big business
Eye on Asia | Hong Kong’s health care services are the envy of many across Asia

In Hong Kong, there is access to clean water, vaccinations and pre- and postnatal services for all residents, which helps prevent disease before it can strike. This is not the case for many of our neighbours in Asia, whose poorest suffer the most.

13 Sep 2020 - 9:26PM

In Hong Kong, there is access to clean water, vaccinations and pre- and postnatal services for all residents, which helps prevent disease before it can strike. This is not the case for many of our neighbours in Asia, whose poorest suffer the most.

Hong Kong’s health care services are the envy of many across Asia
Opinion | Give Hong Kong’s poor high-speed internet to help bridge the digital divide

Children and adults from underprivileged households are being left behind because of a lack of access to computers and internet connectivity at home. Ensuring inclusive computer ownership would help accelerate Hong Kong’s economic recovery once the pandemic abates.

10 Jun 2020 - 6:04AM

Children and adults from underprivileged households are being left behind because of a lack of access to computers and internet connectivity at home. Ensuring inclusive computer ownership would help accelerate Hong Kong’s economic recovery once the pandemic abates.

Give Hong Kong’s poor high-speed internet to help bridge the digital divide
Opinion | A ‘smart’ Hong Kong must first figure out how to bridge its digital divide

Hong Kong’s poor and lesser educated could be left behind in the digital revolution unless creative ways to involve them are found

18 May 2019 - 9:21PM

Hong Kong’s poor and lesser educated could be left behind in the digital revolution unless creative ways to involve them are found

A ‘smart’ Hong Kong must first figure out how to bridge its digital divide
The road out of poverty and to gender equality in Hong Kong starts at school
Opinion | As industries shift, retraining Hong Kong’s workers is key to staying competitive

The government must polish its worker adjustment programme so that it is tailored to meet the unique challenges of China-Hong Kong trade

20 Jan 2019 - 8:20AM

The government must polish its worker adjustment programme so that it is tailored to meet the unique challenges of China-Hong Kong trade

As industries shift, retraining Hong Kong’s workers is key to staying competitive
Hong Kong’s poorer workers can profit from the Greater Bay Area, with the right skills