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Appointments to Protection of Wages on Insolvency Fund Board
     The Government announced today (March 23) the appointment of Mr Ma Ho-fai as the new Chairman of the Protection of Wages on Insolvency Fund Board (PWIFB) for a term of two years with effect from April 1, 2018.

     Mr Ma succeeds Dr David Wong Yau-ka, who has been Chairman of the PWIFB since 2012.

     Three incumbent members have also been re-appointed for another two years. They are Ms Leung Fong-yuen, Mr Chu Yin-cheong and Mr Mohan Datwani.
     Three new members, Mr Lam Chun-sing, Ms Elizabeth Law and Mrs Susan So Chan Wai-hang, have been appointed for a term of two years as well.

     The Secretary for Labour and Welfare, Dr Law Chi-kwong, welcomed the appointments. He paid warm tribute to the outgoing Chairman and three other members, Mr Poon Siu-ping, Mrs Choi Kwan Wing-kum and Mr Fung Hau-chung, for their dedicated service and valuable contribution to the PWIFB over the past years.
     "Dr Wong has demonstrated outstanding leadership during his tenure as the PWIFB Chairman. I am grateful for his dedication and sterling contribution to the work of the Board," Dr Law said.
     "I am confident that Mr Ma, with his rich expertise and experience in legal and public affairs, will lead the PWIFB to ensure the continuous effective operation of the Fund to provide protection to employees," he added.
     The membership of the PWIFB, which will take effect from April 1, 2018, is as follows:

Mr Ma Ho-fai

Members (representing employees):
Ms Leung Fong-yuen
Mr Chu Yin-cheong
Mr Lam Chun-sing

Members (representing employers):
Mr Mohan Datwani
Ms Elizabeth Law
Mrs Susan So Chan Wai-hang

Public Officers:
Assistant Commissioner for Labour (responsible for wage security matters)
Assistant Principal Legal Aid Counsel (responsible for insolvency matters)
Assistant Principal Solicitor of the Official Receiver's Office

     The PWIFB, formed under the Protection of Wages on Insolvency Ordinance, is tasked mainly with administering the Protection of Wages on Insolvency Fund, which provides ex gratia payments to employees whose employers have become insolvent.
Ends/Friday, March 23, 2018
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