On 9 September, the Greater Bay Area Homeland Youth Community Foundation held its first Council Committee luncheon. Officiated by Mrs. Carrie Lam, Chief Executive of the HKSAR , Mr. Chen Dong, Deputy Director of the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the HKSAR, Dr. Yuning Fu, the Chairman of China Resources Group and the Chairman of the Board of Greater Bay Area Homeland Investment Limited, Mr. Daryl Ng, Chairman of the Greater Bay Area Homeland Youth Community Foundation, the luncheon was also attended by the Foundation’s council committee members. Calvin Choi, Vice Chairman of the Greater Bay Area Homeland Youth Community Foundation, Chairman and CEO of AMTD Group and Founder of AMTD Foundation, and other guests were invited.
Mr. Daryl Ng, Chairman of the Greater Bay Area Homeland Youth Community Foundation, said, “This is the first year that the ‘Outline Development Plan of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area’ was published and the 70th anniversary of the National Day. The Youth Community Foundation is very honored to participate in the development of the Greater Bay Area (hereinafter called the ‘GBA’) and is committed to continuing to fully support the country. We will help young people have a better understanding of the GBA. The construction of the GBA will bring huge opportunities to Hong Kong and cities in the GBA can well complement each other. For Hong Kong, it can develop advantageous industries and promote “Reindustrialization” to contribute to the construction of the international science and technology center. We look forward to continuing to work together, giving full play to the unique advantages of “One country, Two systems” to enable Hong Kong to create greater glories and to practice the vision of helping youth and creating tomorrow.”
In December 2018, the Greater Bay Area Homeland Development Fund and the Greater Bay Area Homeland Youth Community Foundation officially booted in Hong Kong. The Greater Bay Homeland Development Fund was jointly initiated by large Chinese enterprises in Hong Kong, large mainland China enterprises and Hong Kong local enterprises. It would support Hong Kong to be an international science and technology center, promote reindustrialization in Hong Kong, and develop Hong Kong’s advantageous industries in the GBA. It would cooperate with enterprises and institutions in Guangdong and Macao to participate in the construction of the GBA. At the same time, the Development Fund unites youth-leaders in various fields to set up the Greater Bay Area Homeland Youth Community Foundation. It is aimed to promote youth exchanges and integration in the GBA, set up a platform for Hong Kong youth development, and set up ladders and bridges to help young people solve their problems in school, employment and business startups. In the past few months, the Youth Community Foundation has actively liaised with various youth organizations to implement co-operation projects, including supporting “Innovation in Hong Kong – Global Talent Carnival 2019” to provide employment opportunities for young people, sponsoring the “Love Hong Kong, Love Speech, Love Singing” Icon Music Assembly to promote cultural exchanges, jointly publishing the reference book “Discovery Pilot Guides: the Greater Bay Area” with the Hong Kong X Foundation to help young people to start businesses in the GBA and seek development opportunities. In the future, the Youth Community Foundation will continue to actively engage with different youth organizations to collectively organize activities. Key projects include the establishment of the Greater Bay Area Youth Project Funding Scheme, funding of youth organizations to organize projects, support on the startups funded by the Home Affairs Bureau Youth Development Fund, and establishment of the “First Cantonese Experience” youth exchange subsidy scheme in the GBA. The purpose of these projects is to encourage young people to understand the development prospects of the GBA. Touching stories in the GBA are also discovered and formed into the GBA Story Series “Ordinary People’s Extraordinary Things”.
Vice Chairman of the Greater Bay Area Homeland Youth Community Foundation, Chairman and CEO of AMTD Group, Founder of AMTD Foundation, Honorary President of the Hong Kong Army Cadets Association, and Chairman of the Greater Bay Young Entrepreneurs Association, Calvin Choi, said that the Greater Bay Area has a unique foundation for facilities, development conditions and innovative entrepreneurial environment. It would present a stage for more Hong Kong young people to realize their dreams and make a difference in the world. AMTD would, as always, fully promote the youth cause in Hong Kong, cultivate the patriotic sentiments of Hong Kong youth, support the international exchanges of Hong Kong youth, develop the entrepreneurial and innovative spirit of Hong Kong youth, practice world citizenship, and hope to nurture a new generation with patriotism, national spirit, Hong Kong ambition and international vision. AMTD would promote startups in the Greater Bay Area to seize the opportunities of the times and contribute to the construction of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area.