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Inside Out & Outside In

In wide-ranging columns appearing twice a week, David Dodwell, executive director of the Hong Kong-Apec Trade Policy Group, strives to understand and describe the distinctive characteristics at the heart of Hong Kong's continuing competitive advantages. It promises to be a fascinating journey as he seeks to understand and describe the forces that have shaped and are changing Hong Kong, and the role it is playing for China and in the region as we move steadily closer to 2047. 

The Hong Kong government says 8.1 per cent of our population – some 578,000 – suffer some form of disability, with more than half of these suffering “restricted body movement”. Photo: David Wong

The true price of failing to help the world’s disabled

Hanoi’s National Convention Centre, sepulchral host to the second APEC Senior Officials’ cluster in Vietnam’s APEC chairmanship year, feels an improbable place for a discussion on the high price we pay for treating our disabled people like pariahs.