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Youth commission meets

Chief Secretary John Lee today chaired the Youth Development Commission's ninth meeting where members welcomed the new youth development initiatives and the direction of reorganising the Government structure to foster and support youth development in the 2021 Policy Address.   The commission will actively follow up on the Chief Executive’s invitation to explore the introduction of a new funding scheme to subsidise eligible non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to organise projects that are conducive to nurturing young people's positive thinking.   It will roll out a new thematic funding scheme on outdoor adventure training activities for more NGOs to provide systematic and quality outdoor adventure training activities for young people.   Members were also briefed on the latest progress of the Funding Scheme for Youth Entrepreneurship in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area and the Greater Bay Area Youth Employment Scheme, as well as the details of relevant Polic

Teresa Cheng signs legal pact

Secretary for Justice Teresa Cheng today signed a memorandum of understanding on the administration of the Legal Talent Recruitment Scheme (Trainee Solicitors).   The memorandum was signed with Law Society of Hong Kong President Melissa Pang.   Funded by the Anti-epidemic Fund, the scheme provides the monthly salary subsidy of $6,800 for a maximum of 12 months to each eligible law firm for one newly created job opening for a trainee solicitor, with up to 130 new job openings for trainee solicitors in total.   The scheme will not only create new job opportunities during the pandemic, but also ensure a steady and sufficient supply of legal talents in alignment with the Government’s policy objectives to advance the rule of law.   The Government also aims to strengthen Hong Kong’s development as a centre for international legal and dispute resolution services under the National 14th Five-Year Plan and the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area development plan.   The scheme will be open for application from July 5 to November 5.   The Law Society will be responsible for processing and assessing the applications, as well as arranging the subsidy’s disbursement.   Ms Cheng expressed her appreciation to the Law Society for developing and administering the scheme, which is expected to benefit young professionals and the legal sector in general.
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