Speech by CS at Kick-off Ceremony of Project WeCan Young Innovators Bazaar 2018 (with photos/video)

     Following is the speech by the Chief Secretary for Administration, Mr Matthew Cheung Kin-chung, at the Kick-off Ceremony of Project WeCan Young Innovators Bazaar 2018 today (January 19):
     Let me say a few words in English.
     Project WeCan is a business-in-community initiative that aims to unleash students' potential through a wide spectrum of programmes, ranging from academic learning, extracurricular development, life goal planning and real-life business management experience. 
     The Hong Kong SAR Government supports Project WeCan and has since 2015 provided funding support to the programme on a matching grant basis. So far, the Government has granted $70 million to the Project and with the matching grant from the business sector, for which I am most grateful, a total of $140 million has been provided to support the 82 projects benefiting students from 48 schools. 
     First launched in 2013, the Youth Innovators Bazaar under Project WeCan aims to provide opportunities for students to unleash their creativity and entrepreneurial talent through developing retail business from scratch. This year, over 1 000 from more than 40 schools will learn from professionals from 45 participating organisations including universities, business enterprises and other organisations. 
     I would like to thank Project WeCan, in particular Mr Stephen Ng as the Chairman, the committee members and all dedicated corporate and university volunteers for your selfless devotion and hard work. I wish the Youth Innovators Bazaar every success, and all of you an enjoyable afternoon and a healthy, happy, harmonious, prosperous new year ahead of us.

Ends/Friday, January 19, 2018
Issued at HKT 12:07