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The challenges of a shrinking workforce


Hong Kong’s population structure has been shaped by decreased fertility and long life expectancy, imposing challenges to the Hong Kong’s long-term competitiveness. Equal attention should be paid to the problems caused by an ageing population and a shrinking workforce. When mapping out a comprehensive population policy, Hong Kong should make reference to overseas experience.

Nurturing and attracting talent


A report released by the Taskforce on Population Policy in 2003 stated the need to nurture and attract talent and professional manpower to support Hong Kong’s transformation to a knowledge-based economy. This was further elaborated by Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying in his election platform, which highlighted the importance of attracting overseas talent to meet the shortage of labour and professionals.

The commentary for this week, second article of a series, summarises the discussion of Friends of Bauhinia on how Hong Kong could nurture, attract and retain talents.

Lack of international school places or just a mismatch?


Obviously, there is a mismatch between the demand and supply of international schools, which may jeopardise Hong Kong’s attractiveness to overseas talents. The Government should consider reviewing the district quotas of international primary schools and the ratio between local and non-local students.