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Youth Summit 2016 to be held next Saturday
     The Youth Summit 2016, jointly organised by the Home Affairs Bureau and the Commission on Youth (CoY), will be held at the Youth Square in Chai Wan on November 26 (Saturday). Young people from different backgrounds will exchange views with the Chief Executive, Mr C Y Leung, as well as Principal Officials and special guests.

     At the summit, the Chief Executive will listen to the young participants' views on their selected policy issues and respond to questions from the audience and those submitted online. The Secretary for Home Affairs, Mr Lau Kong-wah; the Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, Mr Gregory So; the Secretary for the Environment, Mr Wong Kam-sing; the Secretary for Development, Mr Paul Chan; the Secretary for Innovation and Technology, Mr Nicholas W Yang; and other guests will also attend to have direct dialogue with the young people and listen to their concerns and suggestions.

     The Youth Summit aims to provide young people with a platform to express views on social policies. The theme of this year's summit is "Tomorrow's Hong Kong, Youth Co-create", under which three sub-themes have been set to encourage exchanges on various issues of concern. The three sub-themes were selected through an online views collection exercise for young people. They are "Challenges and opportunities for young entrepreneurs", "Roles of young people in community affairs" and "Future town planning".

     Young participants aged 15 to 24 were recruited through the CoY website and the 18 District Offices of the Home Affairs Department to attend the summit. It is hoped that the views of young people from different backgrounds, including those in school and at work, can be represented at the summit. A number of Youth Ambassadors were also recruited to assist in preparatory work and facilitating discussion among the young participants on different sub-themes.

     The participants have been busily preparing for the summit in the past few months. At the end of October, they attended a pre-summit workshop to exchange views with government officials, academics and guests and conducted group discussions on each sub-theme. To better prepare for the summit, participants are collating data and holding discussions, and they will give a presentation to summarise their views on relevant policy issues at the summit.

     Other young people and those who are interested in the sub-themes can watch the entire summit live on the CoY website (www.coy.gov.hk) and can submit questions on the topics to be discussed at the summit via the same website from tomorrow (November 19) at 0.01am until 6pm on November 25. The Principal Officials and guests will respond to some of the online questions drawn by ballot at the summit.
Ends/Friday, November 18, 2016
Issued at HKT 19:38
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