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Exploring business opportunities for SMEs by turning public procurement as a strategic tool

2020-02-26

In Hong Kong, the economy is under persistent downward pressure. Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) seem to be the first to suffer the brunt. Apart from introducing several rounds of relief measures, the Government should help SMEs explore new business opportunities. Encouraging SMEs to participate in the public procurement market is a feasible direction.


‘Stand right, walk left’ Vs ‘stand still on both sides’ on escalators: Which is the appropriate etiquette?

2020-02-24

As Tokyo Olympics approaches, an organisation in Tokyo has launched a campaign to promote ‘stand still on both sides’ when using escalators, which is aimed at changing the habit of standing to one side and keeping the other side open for walking. Apart from users’ safety, what are their arguments? The Transport for London has conducted experiments to test the effectiveness of standing on both sides of escalators. What have they found?


Coronavirus outbreak: Health education amid public health emergency

2020-02-21

Novel coronavirus has been rapidly spreading. To prevent virus invasion, people need to access first-hand health information in a convenient way. Facing the fast changing epidemic, in addition to the efforts of the government, how can civilians effectively join the battle of fighting the epidemic?


Coronavirus outbreak: Should travel insurance become an entry requirement?

2020-02-17

Every tourist wants to have a joyful and safe journey, so many of them are willing to purchase travel insurance in advance. In recent years, some countries have planned to require visitors to buy medical or travel insurance for entry. What are the implications of this measure on Hong Kong amid the ongoing spread of coronavirus?


Eliminating time and location constraints in fitness industry

2020-02-14

Fitness industry is flourishing in the global market. In Hong Kong, the number of fitness centres has significantly grown in recent years, and some of them even provide 24-hour service. In addition, the introduction of online platforms can help members make class reservation of multiple fitness centres in one go. How have these trends changed the fitness industry?


Utilising public resources to expand SMEs’ participation in government procurement

2020-02-13

The ‘Study on strategic policy to promote SMEs’ participation in government procurement’ analyses SMEs’ current opportunities and challenges arising from public procurement. With reference to practices in South Korea and the U.K., the Centre makes policy recommendations to generate more business opportunities for SMEs, and thus facilitating the sustainable growth of local economy and maintaining Hong Kong’s long-term competitiveness. 


Creating a period-friendly workplace to break the stigma around menstruation

2020-02-10

Many women suffer from menstruation every month. Some of them are even too painful to focus on work. Some countries and regions have established menstrual leave with the aim of taking care of female employees’ physiological needs. Is menstrual leave the only way to create a period-friendly workplace?



A new partnership of PHC model for doctors and nurses to strive for success

2020-02-03

The Government has planned to set up health centres in all 18 districts to promote the primary healthcare (PHC) services. In the coming future, the roles of family doctors and nurses are going to change. How can citizens benefit from the optimised PHC model with a new partnership of doctors and nurses?