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What to do about poverty in Hong Kong (24 Oct 2004)


Wealth disparity in Hong Kong is worsening and inter-generation poverty is worrisome. Christine Fang Meng-sang (Chief Executive, Hong Kong Council of Social Service) is disappointed that there is no top government official handling the poverty issue and that there is no official poverty line. The government expects economic growth will solve the problem. Chong Chan-yau (Executive Director, OXFAM Hong Kong) says Hong Kong can learn from China which has a poverty eradication department committed to half the number of poor by 2015 and encourages NGOs and private businesses to participate. Also advocates setting a minimum wage in Hong Kong.

Publish Date: 
Sunday, October 24, 2004
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