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How to hold a fair and safe election in the shadow of the coronavirus crisis?


Affected by the coronavirus across the world, elections in more than 50 countries and regions have to be postponed. In Hong Kong, the Legislative Council Election is scheduled in September this year. If the situation cannot be brought under control by then, how should the Government protect the health of electors and staff, as well as ensure the election to be conducted in a fair and orderly manner?

Is ‘No kids zone’ a good practice to maintain social distancing?


Under the epidemic situation of COVID‐19, dining out can make people feel anxious. What’s more, if there are children screaming or running around the restaurant without masks, not only does it increase the risk of infection but also causes disturbance to other diners. With the consideration of better management, kids are banned from some public places in certain foreign countries. Should this measure be applied to Hong Kong?

Upgrading ‘Post-50’’s competitiveness in labour market by strengthening training


Hong Kong’s economy is in the doldrums in the recent few months and the unemployment situation is getting worse. On the other hand, Hong Kong is facing the long-term challenges brought by ageing population and low fertility rate. Whether it is to retain jobs right now or prepare for future challenges, the society should help a group of potential workers aged 50 and above (i.e. Post-50) enhance their competitiveness in the job market. This article will analyse the characteristics and labour force participation of ‘Post-50’, aspiring to help the society to re-plan its employment strategy.

Is water recycling a solution to tackle water scarcity in Hong Kong?


Dongjiang River is Hong Kong’s major source of water. However, the flow of Dongjiang has been gradually decreased because of climate change in recent years, raising concern over the stability of fresh water supply. A feasible approach to solve the problem is to replace part of the fresh water supply by reclaimed water.

Reducing the psychological impact during coronavirus quarantine


Amid the fight against the epidemic, some Hong Kong people have let their guard down on precautions due to the psychological impact of the extended quarantine period. To avoid all efforts going in vain, the society should strive to win the prolonged battle by paying attention to mental health of people living in quarantine.

Should Hong Kong introduce bankruptcy protection bill to save enterprises?


The coronavirus epidemic has been spreading across the globe, putting the worldwide economy under great pressure. Some local enterprises are also suffering from significant business downturn and serious cash-flow problems, which may lead to liquidation. Some accounting professionals believe that the introduction of bankruptcy protection can provide a grace period for financially troubled enterprises in Hong Kong, helping them restructure their business and thus rally. How does bankruptcy protection work?

Is the city ready for switching to e-learning?


Due to the enduring COVID-19 pandemic, school resumption date has yet to be confirmed. Under the principle of ‘suspending classes without suspending learning’, some schools have switched to online lessons. Is it an opportunity for Hong Kong to widely adapt to e-learning? How should students and teachers deal with software and hardware issues when applying e-learning?

Two ways to fast-track land production (II): Streamlining land administration process and enhancing land premium arbitration scheme


Aiming at accelerating the land production process, the Government encourages property developers to apply for rezoning their agricultural land for residential use. However, the application procedures for lease modification and land premium negotiation process are complicated and time-consuming under current land administration regimes. In this analysis, the Centre provides suggestions to streamline such processes.

‘Save’ renewable energy, save the world


Global warming poses a threat to human well-being. In recent years, some countries have ramped up generating electricity from renewables. However, due to its unstable supply, building a reliable system is vital to support the storage and timely provision of electricity to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels.