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Nurturing Local Manpower

138.     Second, nurture local manpower.  We need to create diversified job opportunities with promising prospects for the younger generation on the one hand, and provide them with varied learning, training and development opportunities on the other hand.  The Task Force on Promotion of Vocational Education under the EDB is vigorously identifying ways to further promote the attractiveness of vocational education as one of the multiple pathways.  Proposals will be put forward in mid-2015.

Attracting Talent from Outside Hong Kong

139.     Third, take a more proactive approach to recruiting talent and professionals from outside Hong Kong by introducing the following enhancement measures:

  1. Implement a pilot scheme to attract the second generation of Chinese Hong Kong permanent residents who have emigrated overseas to return to Hong Kong;
  2. Encourage talent and entrepreneurs to come and stay in Hong Kong by relaxing the stay arrangements under the General Employment Policy, the Admission Scheme for Mainland Talents and Professionals and the Quality Migrant Admission Scheme;
  3. Adjust the General Points Test under the Quality Migrant Admission Scheme to attract a larger pool of young talent with excellent educational background or international work experience to come to Hong Kong;
  4. List clearly the factors to be considered when processing applications to enter Hong Kong for investment under the General Employment Policy to attract more entrepreneurs from overseas to develop their business in Hong Kong, and suspend the Capital Investment Entrant Scheme from tomorrow; and
  5. Study, with regard to overseas experience, the feasibility of drawing up a talent list to attract, in a more effective and focused manner, high-quality talent to support Hong Kong's development as a diversified and high value-added economy.

140.     To address population ageing, we are actively examining the option of increasing the number of publicly-funded degree places in medicine, dentistry and other healthcare specialties in the next funding cycle for universities.  We will continue to discuss with the Medical Council of Hong Kong ways to refine arrangements for the licensing examination for medical practitioners.  The Hospital Authority (HA) will also continue to recruit overseas doctors by way of limited registration to practise in Hong Kong.




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