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Agenda and Minutes -
The 1 Meeting 13/14

Date: 29/11/2013
Time: 9:15am
Location: Room 1408 of DWSSB

Agenda:

Welcome all newly elected members

 

To receive the agenda and the minutes of last meeting (Appendix 1)

 

To introduce the Terms of Reference of the Committee (Appendix 2)

 

To elect Chairperson and vice-Chairperson of the Committee

 

To give brief introduction to the works of the Committee (Appendix 3)

 

To report progress of advocacy

  • Housing
  • Population Policy

 

To sound out major social development concerns

 

To raise suggestions for co-option of members

 

To receive half yearly report of the Committee (Appendix 4)

 

Any other business

 

Next date of meeting 



Minutes:

Present:

Mr. Fung Kai-man (Chairperson)

-   St. James Settlement

 

Mr. Wong Chi Hung(vice-Chairperson)

-   Caritas - Hong Kong

 

 

Mr. Choi Shing Kiu Philip

-   Hong Kong Lutheran Social Service, Lutheran Church – Hong Kong Synod

 

Ms. Chau Ngan Ching

-   The Salvation Army

 

 

Ms. Wong Wai Mui, Nancy

-   Christian Family Service Centre

 

Mr. Anthony Wong (Secretary)

-   The Hong Kong Council of Social Service

 

Apology:

Mr. Lee Hing Wai, Bonson

 

-   Chinese YMCA of Hong Kong

 

Dr. Fung Kwok Kin

-   Department of Social Work, Hong Kong Baptist University (Co-opted)

 

In attendance:

Mr. Keith Wong

 

Ms. Agnes Yang(recorder)

-   The Hong Kong Council of Social Service

-   The Hong Kong Council of Social Service

 

  1. 1.          Welcome all newly elected members

Mr. Anthony Wong welcomed all newly elected members.

 

  1. 2.          Adoption of the agenda of meeting

The agenda was adopted without amendment.

 

  1. 3.          Confirmation of the minutes of last meeting

The minutes of last meeting was tabled and adopted with amendment on the format.

 

  1. 4.          To introduce the Terms of Reference of the Committee

Mr. Anthony Wong elaborated Terms of Reference to the members and highlighted some points.

 

  1. 5.          To elect Chairperson and vice-Chairperson of the Committee

Mr. Anthony Wong explained to members the responsibility of being the chairperson and the vice-chairperson of committee.

Mr. Fung Kai-man, being first nominated by Mr. Wong Chi Hung and second nominated by Mr. Choi Shing Kiu, was elected as the chairperson with majority votes.

Mr. Wong Chi Hung, being first nominated by Mr. Fung Kai-man and second nominated by Ms. Chau Ngan Ching, was elected as the vice-chairperson with majority votes. He had been invited to take part in the Policy Bulletin Editorial Board as well.

And Mr Choi Shing Kiu Philip, who is interested in housing policy and had been invited to take part in the Working Group on Housing Policy.

 

  1. 6.          To give brief introduction to the works of the Committee

Mr. Anthony Wong gave a brief introduction to the past works of the Committee as mentioned in the paper. Members noted.

 

  1. 7.          To report progress of advocacy

l   Housing

Mr. Keith Wong reported the working progress on advocacy of housing policy. In the past few months, the Working Group on Housing Policy had made a lot of efforts on working out the position paper of the council to response to the Long-term Housing Strategy Consultation. The paper had submitted to government and repsresenatitves had attended the official consultation session and the public hearing of the Legislative Council.  

 

l   Population Policy

Mr. Anthony Wong reported the working progress on advocacy of population policy. Many sectors have organized a series of activities to engage the public. The Council hopes to develop a plan to engage think tanks, the public and the government. He also introduced that to build Hong Kong as a “preferred place of residence” was the Council’s stand point to the Population Policy Consultation.  After the internal cross-team discussion process, the Council had selectedlong-term care, school to work transition, family wellness, and the employment of people with disabilities as the main areas for further actions. The members had a discussion on import labor. They raised some concerns on time, salary, and the impact to the local labour market.  

 

  1. 8.          To sound out major social development concerns

The Chairperson engaged members to sound out the ideas of annual plan for the coming years. Members had a discussion on what the Specialized Committee should be working on. There were some issues proposed by the members:

  1. To explore what the Committee should work on the Population Policy after the consultation.
  2. Healthcare reform
  3. Family wellness. According to the SDI, it showed the negative growth of the family index.

The Committee would be further deliberated the year plan again in the coming meeting.

 

  1. 9.          To raise suggestions for co-option of members

Mr. Anthony Wong clarified there should be one co-opted member vacancy and this co-opted member shall serve a term for 2 years. The Committee decided to approach Dr. Robert Chung and Mr. Anthony Wong would be helping to approach him. There was one more potential candidate raised by Mr. Keith Wong. Mr. Wong Wai Lun Max was nominated and Mr. Keith Wong would be helping to search more information about him of Dr. Chung declined our invitation.

 

  1. 10.      To received half yearly report of the Committee

Members received the latest progress report tabled.

 

  1. Any Other Business
    1. Conference on Practice and Research for Social Service Excellence cum Best Practice Award Sharing would be held on December 11. Mr. Anthony Wong cordially invited members to join the event.

 

  1. One more coming event is the SIA Innovation Camp, which collaborated with 3 sub-teams of Policy Research and Advocacy, has planned to hold in Feb next year.

 

  1. Mr. Anthony Wong reported the progress of publishing the 1st issue of Cross-border Families. Total of 2 issues will be published and the 1st issue will be published next month. 

 

  1. 6.          Date of next meeting

The next meeting would be held on Dec 16 at 3:00pm.

 

 

There being no other business, the meeting was adjourned at 12:00 noon. 


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