Date
17 January 2017
Chief Secretary Carrie Lam and other dignitaries at an event organized by a think-tank Monday to mark the release of a 'Diversity List'. Photo: i-Cable
Chief Secretary Carrie Lam and other dignitaries at an event organized by a think-tank Monday to mark the release of a 'Diversity List'. Photo: i-Cable

Govt pushed on ethnic minority inclusion in advisory bodies

The Zubin Foundation, a non-profit social policy think-tank, has released a list of qualified ethnic minority individuals who are willing to serve on government advisory and statutory bodies in Hong Kong.

In the so-called diversity list16 talented and elite members belonging to ethnic minorities were identified and profiled by the think-tank, RTHK reported.

The list was released on Monday as the world marked the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

Over 120 participants from the Indian, Pakistani, Filipino and Thai communities in Hong Kong attended the event titled “Race for Opportunity: Diversity List 2016″.

The 16 individuals who were identified as ideal candidates to take up posts on government advisory bodies have their roots in India, Pakistan and Philippines.

They have been Hong Kong residents from anywhere between 17 and 52 years and have a wide range of expertise in fields such as business, finance, law, logistics, health science and education.

They were chosen out of an initial short-list of 62 nominees by the foundation and Spencer Stuart, a leading recruitment firm and partner on the project.

Shalini Mahtani, the founder of Zubin Foundation, said the think-tank hopes the government will draw talent from the list based on merit.

Ethnic minorities, excluding foreign domestic helpers, make up around 3 percent of Hong Kong’s population. And their number continues to grow.

The minorities are talented and define themselves with a Hong Kong identity, Mahtani said, adding that the government should utilize their expertise.

The talented individuals should be included in advisory committees of the government and also on voluntary and corporate boards, she said.

Carrie Lam, Chief Secretary for Administration, said it is a common goal to build a society that embraces cultural diversity and racial harmony.

Lam, who was a key guest at the Zubin Foundation event, said she supports the idea of appointing more ethnic minorities to positions on government advisory bodies.

The list compiled by the think-tank will be passed onto the 13 government bureaus for consideration, the official said.

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