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Another job fair held in Tin Shui Wai

    The Secretary for Labour and Welfare, Mr Matthew Cheung Kin-chung, said today (February 26) that the Government had always attached importance to providing employment assistance for residents in remote districts.

    Speaking at the opening ceremony of a retail industry job fair in Tin Shui Wai, Mr Cheung said that large-scale recruitment activities were organised to offer more job opportunities to Tin Shui Wai residents.

    Jointly organised by the Labour Department and the Hong Kong Retail Management Association, the two-day job fair brings together 23 employers and provides more than 2,600 vacancies.

    Almost half of the vacancies come from northwest New Territories or Tung Chung and are suitable for job seekers of different academic qualifications, age and background. Local residents should find the offers attractive.

    ˇ§With a view to providing comprehensive employment assistance to help Tin Shui Wai residents, the Labour Department has installed four touch-screen vacancy search terminals in the region and opened a job centre in Yuen Long downtown to help local residents find jobs,ˇ¨ said Mr Cheung.

    ˇ§Moreover, the Transport Support Scheme was launched in June last year to encourage residents in remote districts to find jobs or work across districts. In response to requests to cover more people in the scheme, a review is being conducted and the Financial Secretary will announce the result in his Budget speech tomorrow.

    ˇ§The Government has granted $300 million to set up the Community Investment and Inclusion Fund (CIIF) for promoting community networks and fostering social harmony. Since late 2007, we have stepped up promoting the fund in Tin Shui Wai. The CIIF secretariat and the Social Welfare Department conducted workshops for more than 30 community groups to foster integration and social networking.

    ˇ§It is encouraging to note that the secretariat has received more than 20 fund applications for providing services in Tin Shui Wai. The secretariat will complete assessment and announce the result soon. I wish the new projects will further promote the development of community networks in Tin Shui Wai and strengthen mutual assistance in the neighbourhood,ˇ¨ he said.

    Last but not least, Mr Cheung commended the retail establishments and community organisations for organising this job fair to help Tin Shui Wai residents.

Ends/Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Issued at HKT 17:56


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