Speeches and Presentations

SCED visits Sham Shui Po District

The Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, Mr Gregory So, paid a visit to Sham Shui Po District today (January 22). He visited a non-governmental organisation and a social enterprise in the district and called on a family to learn more about the living conditions of grass-roots people.

Mr So first visited the Hong Kong Society for the Blind and was briefed by the staff on the comprehensive services offered by the Society, including assisting the visually impaired to utilise information and communications technology (ICT) in their daily lives. To keep the visually impaired abreast of the latest developments of the community, the Society has established an online digital library and set up a sharing portal providing a variety of information, such as online news, prices on bargain items, practical tips on ICT applications and access to audio magazines.

Mr So encouraged the visually impaired to make full use of the Society's service as well as various forms of ICT to enter the digital world so as to stay informed and further integrate into the community.

He noted that the Government has been attaching great importance to the needs of the visually impaired. Promoting the adoption of accessible design in websites and funding the provision of audio description services for films are among the various measures implemented by the Government in its drive to foster an inclusive society.

Mr So then visited a new arrival family to learn about their living conditions and needs.

He also visited Bonham Strand to see the operation of its workshop. He was glad to learn that the social enterprise had adopted an innovative business model which employed experienced tailors to teach rehabilitated youths how to make suits. The products are well received with their "Made in Hong Kong" brand.

"The way it operates is conducive to the conveyance of valuable experience while helping the rehabilitated youths to regain confidence and integrate into society. It also helps promote the 'Made in Hong Kong' brand. With such benefits, Bonham Strand fully demonstrates Hong Kong enterprises' pursuit of creativity, innovation and mutual aid," Mr So said.

In addition, Mr So met with members of the Sham Shui Po District Council to exchange views on district matters. The meeting was held in Café Imagine, which is managed by the YMCA College of Continuing Education to provide catering training. The café also provides space for displaying the works of local young artists to help promote a creative atmosphere in the community.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013