SLW starts visit programme in Beijing (with photos)

     The Secretary for Labour and Welfare, Dr Law Chi-kwong, commenced his visit programme in Beijing today (November 28) by calling on senior officials of the Ministry of Civil Affairs, the State Administration of Work Safety and the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security. He also paid a visit to the All-China Women's Federation.
     In the morning, Dr Law called on the Ministry of Civil Affairs and met with the Minister of Civil Affairs, Mr Huang Shuxian, to exchange views on issues including improving people's livelihood, social welfare and tackling challenges arising from an ageing population. Dr Law also briefed the Ministry on the latest situation of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) on welfare services, including the guiding principle of the implementation of the Working Family Allowance Scheme, which aims at supporting families in need and encouraging employment simultaneously.
     Dr Law then proceeded to the All-China Women's Federation and met with the Federation's Vice-President, Ms Xia Jie, to exchange views on policies aimed at promoting the well-being and interests of women. While briefing Ms Xia on women's development in the HKSAR, Dr Law pointed out that female students enrolled in higher education programmes have outnumbered male students and the participation rate of women in the labour market has been on the rise. He said that the HKSAR Government will continue its measures such as enhancing child care and elderly services, so as to assist more women to join the labour market.
     In the afternoon, Dr Law called on the State Administration of Work Safety and met with its Deputy Director, Mr Sun Huashan. They exchanged views on the regulatory work of occupational safety and health.
     Dr Law later called on the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security and met with the Minister of Human Resources and Social Security, Mr Yin Weimin. They had an in-depth exchange on the impact of demographic changes on the workforce in both the Mainland and Hong Kong, as well as on manpower training and retirement protection. Dr Law also had a work meeting with officials from the Ministry's Department of Employment Promotion, Professional Capacity Construction Department and Labor Relations Department to learn about the latest development strategy in regard to the labour market in the Mainland.
     Dr Law will call on the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Council tomorrow (November 29). He will also visit the International Labour Organization - Beijing Office, a vocational training institution and rehabilitation facilities for people with disabilities.

Ends/Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Issued at HKT 18:29