The Hong Kong Chinese Enterprises Charitable Foundation (HKCECF), charity arm of the Hong Kong Chinese Enterprises Association (HKCEA), and the China Development Bank (CDB) Hong Kong Branch donated HK$1 million to Vocational Training Council (VTC) to support the Hong Kong Young Vocational and Professional Education and Training (VPET) Talent Scheme with the aim to enhance the skill level and broaden the horizon of young people.
Mr ZHANG Xialing, Vice-Chairman and President of HKCEA, also Vice-Chairman and Secretary-General of HKCECF, Mr LI Xiguang, Chief Executive of CDB Hong Kong Branch and Mr Donald TONG, Executive Director of VTC officiated at the cheque presentation ceremony held in VTC Tower today.
Mr Zhang of HKCEA remarked, “HKCECF supports the development of young people in Hong Kong by helping them to tap the opportunities for education, employment, start-ups and placement that are aligned with our country’s development direction. At the same time, Chinese enterprises will continue to take root in Hong Kong, integrate and serve the local community, and work together to create a better tomorrow for Hong Kong! I hope that the co-operation among VTC, HKCEA and CDB will come to fruition!"
Mr Li of CDB Hong Kong Branch said, ‘’Young people are the future, hope and the pillars of our society. We believe that by working together with VTC, we can cultivate a pool of young vocational professionals with the Lion Rock spirit who love the country and Hong Kong, contributing to the prosperity of Hong Kong society and One Country Two Systems. In addition, this year marks the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and the 40th anniversary of VTC. We wish to celebrate the development and achievements of VPET in Hong Kong together.”
Mr Tong of VTC expressed heartfelt thanks to HKCEA and CDB for their staunch support to the development of VPET to cultivate skilled talents for society. He continued, ‘’I very much hope that the ‘Hong Kong Young VPET Talent Scheme’ will enable more young people to recognise the value of skills, pursue the VPET pathway and strengthen their professional knowledge and skills to embrace broader opportunities in the new era.’’
About Hong Kong Chinese Enterprises Association
Registered in Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Chinese Enterprises Association (HKCEA) was established on 8 March 1991. The HKCEA is a non-profit association mainly composed of Hong Kong-registered companies solely funded by capital from Mainland China and joint ventures set up by capital from the Mainland and capital from Hong Kong or overseas. The HKCEA has a high profile and exercises an important influence in the industrial and commercial community of Hong Kong. It has a membership of over 1,200 companies operating in various fields of manufacturing and service industries.
The HKCEA’s objectives are: first, promote economic and technological exchanges and cooperation between Hong Kong and the Mainland, and establish a conduit in Hong Kong for promoting economic and technological exchanges between the Mainland and other countries or regions in order to expand trade relations; second, promote the Mainland’s investment in Hong Kong and other countries or regions, and vice versa; third, establish and maintain a close relationship with the business groups of Hong Kong and other countries or regions; fourth, promote cooperation and liaison among HKCEA members, encouraging and assisting them to resolve commercial disputes through conciliation; and fifth, provide diversified services to HKCEA members, enhancing and safeguarding their interests.
About China Development Bank Hong Kong Branch
Established in 1994, China Development Bank (CDB) is a state-funded and state-owned development finance institution. As an independent legal entity directly overseen by the State Council, it is dedicated to supporting China’s economic development in key industries and under-developed sectors. China Development Bank Hong Kong Branch is currently the only overseas business branch of CDB and an important platform for CDB's international business. Since establishment, CDB Hong Kong branch has been closely following the major medium-and long-term development strategy of the national economy, actively promoting the development of key areas and weak links of Chinese economy, strongly supporting key energy & resource projects, technology imports and production capacity cooperation projects, etc.; actively advancing the high-quality development of the Belt and Road Initiative, and providing integrated financial and intelligent support to domestic and foreign customers; strenuously participating in the construction of Hong Kong international financial center, steadily improving the issuance, trading and financing of offshore RMB bond; vigorously enhancing green finance and ESG (Environmental Social & Governance) research, and practicing the theory of sustainable development; giving supports to the people in Hong Kong of low income, and continuing to support charitable and volunteer activities.
About Vocational Training Council
Established in 1982, the Vocational Training Council (VTC) is the largest vocational and professional education and training provider in Hong Kong. The mission of VTC is to provide a valued choice to school leavers and working people to acquire the values, knowledge and skills for lifelong learning and enhanced employability, and also to provide support to industries for their manpower development. VTC has 13 member institutions, namely the Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong (THEi) , the Institute of Professional Education And Knowledge (PEAK) , the School for Higher and Professional Education (SHAPE), the Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (IVE) , the Hong Kong Design Institute (HKDI) , the Hotel and Tourism Institute (HTI) , the Chinese Culinary Institute (CCI) , the International Culinary Institute (ICI) , the Maritime Services Training Institute (MSTI) , Youth College , Pro-Act by VTC , the Integrated Vocational Development Centre (IVDC) and the Shine Skills Centre.