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Member Self-recommendation Scheme for Youth


Member Self-recommendation Scheme for Youth

To provide more opportunities for young people to participate in policy discussions and understand government operation, we have regularized the Member Self-recommendation Scheme for Youth (“MSSY”) launched by the current-term Government and expanded it to cover more boards and committees. People aged between 18 and 35 may self-nominate to become members of specified government advisory committees through the Scheme.

Appointed members under the previous phases

MSSY Phase IV

The application period of MSSY Phase IV has ended on 26 May 2021. We expect that the recruitment assessment would be completed in the fourth quarter of 2021. All applicants will be notified of the results. The information below is for reference only.

The number of participating committees in Phase IV is increased from 10 to 15, covering more boards and committees with a wider spectrum of policy areas:

  1. Advisory Committee on Built Heritage Conservation
  2. Advisory Committee on Countryside Conservation
  3. Assessment Panel of the Innovation and Technology Fund for Better Living
  4. Business Facilitation Advisory Committee
  5. Chinese Language Interface Advisory Committee
  6. Citizens Advisory Committee on Community Relations of the ICAC
  7. Committee on Reduction of Salt and Sugar in Food
  8. Energy Advisory Committee
  9. Family Council
  10. Hong Kong Maritime and Port Board
  11. Joint Committee on Information Technology for the Social Welfare Sector
  12. Quality Education Fund Dissemination and Promotion Sub-committee
  13. Small and Medium Enterprises Committee
  14. Steering Committee on the Child Development Fund
  15. Steering Committee on Promotion of Vocational and Professional Education and Training and Qualifications Framework

Each of the above committees will offer respectively two seats for appointment.

Recruitment Principles

Following the principle of meritocracy, we aim to, through MSSY, recruit young people who have the commitment to serve the community and the ability to contribute to the committees concerned for recommending to the relevant Bureaux/Departments for consideration of appointment.

Application Deadline

26 May 2021 (Wednesday) at 11:59 p.m.

Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Eligibility and Assessment Criteria

Young people aged between 18-35 on the date of application deadline (26 May 2021) are eligible to apply under the MSSY.

In the assessment process, we will consider whether the applicant meets the following three conditions –

  1. strong commitment to serve the community;
  2. good understanding of the policy area concerned; and
  3. good analytical and communication skills.

Recruitment Committee

A Recruitment Committee (“RC”) will be set up for overseeing the implementation of MSSY Phase IV. The RC will comprise the Secretary for Home Affairs, a representative of the Youth Development Commission, non-official chairpersons or members of the aforementioned 15 committees and/or representatives of the B/Ds concerned. Under the RC, 15 Assessment Panels (“APs”) will be formed to take care of the applications concerning the 15 committees respectively. The APs will conduct interviews with applicants to facilitate the assessment.

How to Apply

Please submit the application on or before the deadline via one of the following means

  1. by completion of online form; or
  2. by post to the Home Affairs Bureau, 12/F, West Wing, Central Government Offices, 2 Tim Mei Avenue, Tamar, Hong Kong (Re: “Member Self-recommendation Scheme for Youth”) (the postmark date on the envelope will be regarded as the date of submission of application). Please make sure that sufficient postage has been paid to avoid unsuccessful delivery; or
  3. by hand to the Home Affairs Bureau’s drop-in box at 2/F, East Wing, Central Government Offices, 2 Tim Mei Avenue, Tamar, Hong Kong (Re: “Member Self-recommendation Scheme for Youth”).

Application forms can be downloaded here. Applications must be made in accordance with the above specified means.

In completing the application form, the applicant needs to explain, in either Chinese or English, his/her suitability of being appointed to be a member of the selected committee(s), through one of the following ways -

  1. to write no more than 600 words; or
  2. to provide a video (in mp4 format) or an audio clip (in m4a format) of no longer than 3 minutes. Applicants may choose to -
    • provide a URL of the video or audio clip (e.g. Google Drive, Dropbox, Microsoft OneDrive) in the application form; or
    • provide the file of the video or audio clip
      - for applicants who submit the application through online system, please note that the file size is limited to 20MB.
      - for applicants who submit the application by post or by hand, please provide the clip file in DVD or USB Flash Drive.

Enquiries

Telephone Number: 3509 7621

Email Address: selfrecommendation@hab.gov.hk

Terms of Reference of the 15 Committees

  1. Advisory Committee on Built Heritage Conservation (Digest)
    • To advise the Secretary for Development (“SDEV”) on the operation of the Built Heritage Conservation Fund (“BHCF”);
    • To examine applications and make recommendations to SDEV on the use of historic buildings as announced by the Government from time to time, under the Revitalising Historic Buildings Through Partnership Scheme. Upon selection of successful applications, to recommend the level of subsidy both in terms of the one-off major renovation costs and the one-off grant to meet the starting costs and operating deficits. In case of non-compliance by the successful applicants (or tenants), to advise what actions are to be taken;
    • To monitor the operation of the Financial Assistance for Maintenance Scheme on Built Heritage;
    • To advise SDEV on the funding support to public education, community involvement and publicity activities, academic research, consultancy and technical studies in relation to the conservation of built heritage; and
    • To advise on any other matters relating to the use of the BHCF as referred by SDEV.
  2. Advisory Committee on Countryside Conservation (Digest)
    • To advise on the priorities for the conservation and revitalisation works proposals to be carried out by the Countryside Conservation Office (“CCO”);
    • To advise on the policy and matters relating to the overall administration, operation and funding approach of the Countryside Conservation Funding Scheme which supports educational, research, promotional and/or rehabilitation projects and activities to promote nature conservation and revitalisation of the rural countryside areas;
    • To advise on any other matters relating to countryside conservation as referred by CCO.
  3. Assessment Panel of the Innovation and Technology Fund for Better Living (Digest)
    • To assess applications under the Innovation and Technology Fund for Better Living ("FBL") and decide whether they should be approved;
    • To determine the amount of fund granted to each approved application;
    • To monitor the progress of approved applications;
    • To promote and encourage participation in the FBL; and
    • To advise on matters relating to the operation of the FBL.
  4. Business Facilitation Advisory Committee (Digest)
    • Advise and report to the Financial Secretary the development and implementation of programmes and measures to facilitate business compliance with government regulations and to sustain a competitive regulatory environment for business in Hong Kong while safeguarding public interest;
    • Review government regulations and procedures impacting on business, with the aims of cutting red tape, eliminating outdated, unnecessary or burdensome regulations, enhancing regulatory efficiency, transparency and business-friendliness, and reducing regulatory impact and compliance costs to business;
    • Provide a platform for the Administration to consult the business sector on regulatory proposals and to thrash out the implementation issues of new or proposed regulations;
    • Set up and steer Task Forces to take forward the regulatory reviews or other initiatives to facilitate business compliance;
    • Explore opportunities for greater use of innovation and technology in facilitating business; and
    • Examine other relevant areas to facilitate business compliance as appropriate.
  5. Chinese Language Interface Advisory Committee (Digest)

    To advise the Deputy Government Chief Information Officer of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region on:
    • the submission of local characters for Chinese computer systems to the International Organization for Standardization and the follow-up of the related issues;
    • the promotion of the adoption of the ISO/IEC 10646 international coding standard in Hong Kong;
    • the co-ordination in connection with the need for local characters for Chinese computer systems of different sectors in Hong Kong; and
    • the management of the Hong Kong Supplementary Character Set.
  6. Citizens Advisory Committee on Community Relations of the ICAC (Digest)
    • Advises the Commissioner of the Independent Commission Against Corruption measures to be taken to foster public support in combating corruption and to educate the public against the evils of corruption;
    • Receives and calls for reports on action taken by the Community Relations Department of the Commission in pursuance of the above; and
    • Monitors community response to the Commission's work and public attitudes towards corruption in general.
  7. Committee on Reduction of Salt and Sugar in Food (Digest)
    • To steer the direction and coordinate the work of reducing salt and sugar intake by the local population, including:
      • assessment and monitoring of the local situation;
      • setting out priority areas for reduction of salt and sugar in food and formulation of local reduction targets; and
      • promotion and public education strategy.
    • To formulate and oversee the implementation and evaluation of the Action Plans for Salt and Sugar Reduction in Food in Hong Kong.
  8. Energy Advisory Committee (Digest)
    • The Energy Advisory Committee was set up to advise the Government on energy policy, including policy matters concerning energy supply and demand, energy conservation and efficiency, and other related matters referred to it by the Government.
  9. Family Council (Digest)
    • To advocate for cherishing the family as a main driver for social harmony; and to promote a family-based support network to forge closer and harmonious relationships amongst family members;
    • To advise the Government on the formulation of policies and strategies for supporting and strengthening the family and on development of related programmes/activities; and to monitor their implementation;
    • To advise the Government on the integration of family policies and related programmes across different bureaux and departments for individual age and gender sectors to ensure effective coordination;
    • To plan/implement programmes and activities for particular age and/or gender sectors; and rationalize the work of the Elderly Commission, the Women's Commission and the Youth Development Commission; and
    • To initiate research to promote better understanding of matters related to the family as necessary.
  10. Hong Kong Maritime and Port Board (Digest)

    The Hong Kong Maritime and Port Board is a high-level platform to provide strategic steer on the vision, direction and policy matters pertaining to the development of Hong Kong's maritime industry and Hong Kong Port. Specifically, the Board should —
    • advise the Government on the formulation of policy and strategies to develop Hong Kong into a maritime services hub and drive the continuous growth of Hong Kong Port;
    • steer, oversee and coordinate the implementation of measures and the industry's efforts relating to the development of the maritime and port industries in Hong Kong;
    • promote Hong Kong as an international maritime centre and a major port in overseas and Mainland markets;
    • foster a diversified maritime services community and attract investments in maritime undertakings in Hong Kong;
    • formulate manpower development strategies and initiatives to address the needs of the maritime and port industries, and oversee the implementation of the Maritime and Aviation Training Fund; and
    • undertake research and studies on international trends and practices for devising policies, strategies and initiatives.
  11. Joint Committee on Information Technology for the Social Welfare Sector (Digest)
    • To promote the use of IT in the welfare sector for better management and delivery of services to meet service objectives;
    • To formulate strategy and oversee the implementation plan for IT investment and development in the sector, including infrastructure, communications, system applications, accessibility and humanware;
    • To formulate strategy and oversee the implementation plan for enabling service recipients to access IT to improve their quality of living; and
    • To co-ordinate the use of Lotteries Fund for IT investment and IT projects in the welfare sector.
  12. Quality Education Fund Dissemination and Promotion Sub-committee (Digest)
    • To identify ideas, practices and experiences evolved from Quality Education Fund (“QEF”) projects that are worthy of dissemination;
    • To formulate dissemination and promotion strategies for individual or groups of QEF projects;
    • To formulate territory-wide strategies to enhance the image of QEF in promoting quality education in Hong Kong; and
    • To review and evaluate the effectiveness of dissemination and promotion activities conducted
  13. Small and Medium Enterprises Committee (Digest)
    • To advise the Chief Executive on issues affecting the development of small and medium enterprises in Hong Kong and to suggest measures to support and facilitate their development and growth.
  14. Steering Committee on the Child Development Fund (Digest)
    • To oversee and monitor the implementation of the Child Development Fund;
    • To oversee the promotion of the Child Development Fund to facilitate community engagement;
    • To oversee and monitor the consultancy of the Child Development Fund; and
    • To consider any other matters related to the Child Development Fund.
  15. Steering Committee on Promotion of Vocational and Professional Education and Training and Qualifications Framework (Digest)

    The Steering Committee on Promotion of VPET and QF (“Steering Committee”) advises the Secretary for Education on the promotion of Vocational and Professional Education and Training (“VPET”) and Qualifications Framework (“QF”) through a coordinated approach, including:
    • the overall strategy to promote VPET;
    • the ways to strengthen coordination and foster closer industrial partnership in the Government’s VPET promotion measures;
    • the promotion of VPET and related programmes in secondary schools;
    • the development, implementation, and promotion of QF, in particular, to support a qualifications system for VPET, and the strategy for making use of the QF Fund including the scope and parameters of the schemes, initiatives, and activities to be covered by the QF Fund; and
    • any other matters that may be referred to the Steering Committee by the Education Bureau concerning the promotion of VPET and QF, as well as the policy and administration of the QF Fund.

    Where necessary, the Steering Committee also advises the Trustee of the Fund (i.e. the Permanent Secretary for Education) on the formulation of policies for and monitoring of the investment of the QF Fund.

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MSSY Phase IV Poster