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Hundreds of young Hongkongers apply for Chief Executive Carrie Lam’s new youth schemes

Some 684 applicants submitted their names to join the Policy Innovation and Co-ordination Office, and 151 applications have been received for the Pilot Member Self-recommendation Scheme for Youth

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 09 November, 2017, 6:36pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 09 November, 2017, 9:04pm

Hundreds of young people have put their names forward in response to Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor’s new youth schemes, according to her deputy.

As the recruitment exercise continues, the young applicants are competing for a total of up to 41 places under the two schemes rolled out by Lam.

“The two schemes are very well-received and I call upon interested young people to enrol as soon as possible,” Chief Secretary Matthew Cheung Kin-chung told the Legislative Council on Thursday.

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As of Wednesday, according to Cheung, 684 applicants submitted their names to join the Policy Innovation and Co-ordination Office, a new body to be revamped from the existing Central Policy Unit.

Lam has suggested recruiting “20 to 30” young members to advise the unit.

The handsome pay packages for the jobs raised eyebrows, with the senior officer post boasting a basic monthly salary of between HK$60,000 and HK$95,000. The pay for the officer post is between HK$30,000 and HK$48,000.

As for the Pilot Member Self-recommendation Scheme for Youth, there were 151 applications, according to Cheung.

The scheme is looking for 11 young Hongkongers to join five policy committees: the Youth Development Commission, which is expected to be launched next year, as well as the Action Committee Against Narcotics, the Committee on the Promotion of Civic Education, the Committee on Innovation, Technology and Reindustrialisation, and the Environmental Campaign Committee.

It is not clear if the application figures for the two schemes overlap.