SLW attends National Conference on Development of Human Resources Services in Shenzhen to promote Hong Kong as GBA talent service hub (with photos)

     The Secretary for Labour and Welfare, Mr Chris Sun, led a Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) delegation to attend the 2nd National Conference on the Development of Human Resources Services commencing in Shenzhen this morning (November 22).

     The theme of the two-day Conference is unleashing the strong impetus of human resources to make contributions for a strong country. The Labour Department (LD) of the HKSAR Government and Hong Kong Talent Engage (HKTE) also participated in the exhibition at the Conference. Accompanied by the Commissioner for Labour, Ms May Chan, and the Director of HKTE, Mr Anthony Lau, Mr Sun briefed the Minister of Human Resources and Social Security, Ms Wang Xiaoping, during her visit to the HKSAR exhibition area, on an array of policy initiatives to attract and retain talent set out in the Policy Address to raise Hong Kong's competitiveness and continue to create a strong impetus for growth. Mr Sun also updated Ms Wang on the achievements of the Greater Bay Area Youth Employment Scheme (GBA YES) upon collaboration with Guangdong counterparts and partners of various municipalities.

     Mr Sun had a lunch meeting with the Chairman of China International Intellectech Group Co Ltd, Mr Bu Yulong, at noon. The Company is one of the enterprises approved by the relevant competent commerce department of the Mainland to engage in labour service co-operation with the HKSAR. They exchanged views on protecting imported workers' employment rights and benefits.

     In the afternoon, Mr Sun and his delegation called on Vice Minister of Human Resources and Social Security Mr Yu Jiadong, and exchanged views on deepening talent collaboration. Mr Sun said, "As one of the country's gateways for talent, the HKSAR has been striving to contribute to the development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (GBA) into a high-quality talent hub. The newly established HKTE will maintain close liaison with talent service units in the GBA to promote Hong Kong's role as the GBA's talent service hub." The HKSAR Government will continue to foster talent co-operation with the Mainland and promote the training and mutual recognition of qualifications of vocational skilled talent. In addition, the HKSAR Government welcomes relevant government agencies, manpower organisations and enterprises in the GBA to participate in the Global Talent Summit cum Guangdong‑Hong Kong‑Macao Greater Bay Area High‑quality Talent Development Conference to be held in the second quarter of 2024 in Hong Kong to jointly promote regional exchanges and co‑operation in talent attraction as well as development opportunities in the GBA for international talent.

     Mr Sun then gave a presentation on Hong Kong talent admission policies and the GBA YES to job seekers and students at a recruitment event for youth talent in the GBA under the Conference, and had thorough discussions with provincial and municipal leaders at a forum on the high-quality development of human resources services in the GBA. The delegation also toured an exhibition on the achievements of human resources in the GBA and an exhibition on leading enterprises and key employers of human resources services to learn more about the development of various industries in the GBA and the country, and the talent they need.

     Before their departure, Mr Sun and his team met officials of the Human Resources and Social Security Bureau of Dongguan, and the delegation arrived in Hong Kong this evening. The delegation comprised over 30 representatives of the Labour and Welfare Bureau, the LD, HKTE and the Hong Kong human resources service sector.

Ends/Wednesday, November 22, 2023
Issued at HKT 19:09