In this Dec 20, 2022 photo, (from left) Hong Kong’s Deputy Secretary for Home and Youth Affairs (Youth Affairs), Wallace Lau; Permanent Secretary for Home and Youth Affairs, Shirley Lam; Secretary for Home and Youth Affairs, Alice Mak; and Under Secretary for Home and Youth Affairs, Clarence Leung, attend a press conference on the release of the city’s Youth Development Blueprint. (PHOTO COURTESY OF HKSAR GOVERNMENT)

HONG KONG – The Home and Youth Affairs Bureau of Hong Kong on Friday launched a new round for two funding schemes, sponsoring non-governmental organizations to organize youth exchange tours to the Chinese mainland and other countries.

The Funding Scheme for Youth Exchange in the Mainland and the Funding Scheme for International Youth Exchange were jointly launched with the Youth Development Commission, the government said in a press release.

In his maiden Policy Address, Chief Executive John Lee Ka-chiu said the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region government will work with all sectors of the community on activities to help young people broaden their horizons, acquire a better understanding of the development of the country and the world as well as develop a proper and holistic outlook.

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As stated in the Youth Development Blueprint published earlier, the breadth and depth of the mainland and international internship and exchange programs will be further strengthened.

With Hong Kong resuming normal travel with the mainland and overseas, the bureau is taking forward the resumption of various youth exchange and internship programs.

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NGOs with interest in the two previously mentioned schemes should submit applications by March 17, said the government.