last year's Budget, I proposed that we should
support the development of social enterprises, and
this has been widely accepted by the community.
Self-Reliance Through Partnership Programme launched
by the Home Affairs Department has so far provided
funding to 41 social enterprise projects, which are
expected to provide about 750 jobs. In
order to nurture more management talent for social
enterprises, the Hong Kong Council of Social Service
and various tertiary institutions, with the support
of the Commission on Poverty, will offer Hong Kong's first social enterprise management training
course in the middle of this year.
In collaboration with the business, social
welfare and education sectors, we will continue our
efforts to promote and facilitate the further
development of social enterprises in Hong Kong.