Some key measures

Public housing in Hong Kong.
Public housing in Hong Kong.PHOTO: REUTERS

Youth development: Increase funding for youth internship in the mainland and educate Hong Kong students on the "One Belt, One Road" concept. Set up HK$800 million (S$148 million) Gifted Education Fund to nurture exceptionally gifted students aged 10 to 18.

Education: Implement free kindergarten education from the 2017-2018 school year.

About 70 per cent to 80 per cent of the places in half-day kindergartens will become free.

Population: Address ageing population and shrinking workforce by:

• Attracting overseas talent through providing employment information for second generation of Hong Kong emigrants, Hong Kong students who studied abroad and overseas professionals.

• Building an age-friendly environment, including helping the elderly integrate in an increasingly digital world.

Housing and land: Produce 97,100 public housing units, of which about 76,700 will be public rental units and about 20,400 will be subsidised sale flats, in the next five years.

Identify more sites and consider expanding the area of certain sites to generate about 17,000 more units, 90 per cent of which will be public housing.

Innovation and technology: Make Hong Kong one of the most-wired cities in the world by doubling the number of free Wi-Fi spots to 34,000 in three years.

Joyce Lim

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 14, 2016, with the headline 'Some key measures'. Print Edition | Subscribe