Secretary for Development Paul Chan is calling for a “deep and rational discussion” of economic issues after Hong Kong’s unemployment rate edged up to 3.4 percent in the first quarter.
The figure is 0.1 percentage point higher than in the previous three months to February and was the highest in three years.
Chan said the public should reflect on the unemployment situation, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.
And politicians should avoid “relentless filibustering” of the government’s economic proposals and finger pointing, as well as deepening cross-border conflict.
He said a strategic review of Hong Kong’s development plan is needed in the face of an economic downturn to ensure its long-term sustainability.
Chan said the review will include investment and infrastructure to stabilize overall employment.
He urged the public to have more constructive views about cross-border cooperation on such areas as tourism and value-added services.
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