The winning photo of the Workability International Photo Competition 2016 – Bangladesh Protibondhi Foundation, Bangladesh.
Photo by Syed Antu, free-lance photographer. Honorary service in BPF.
The Directors of Workability Asia visited Hong Kong in 7 - 8 February 2017. Main purpose of the visit was to know about the progress of WI/WAsia Hong Kong Conference to be held in 12 - 14 June 2017 and hold the Board meeting during the stay.
The delegate visited the Kerry Hotel which would be a venue of the conference. The hotel is now taking their final approach to inaugurate in March. They checked the conference area and guest rooms as well focusing on the accessibility for persons with disabilities in particular.
They also visited many sites such as camp, vocational rehabilitation center, café, restaurant and convenience store where providing work opportunity for persons with disabilities mostly run by WAsia members in Hong Kong. Many of them are being implemented by the government scheme of social enterprise which is one of the key topics of forthcoming conference.
Directors had a very good time with some of WAsia members in Hong Kong exchanging frank discussion on the conference and innovative activities to develop work and employment of persons with disabilities. Most of WAsia members in Hong Kong are working hard for the conference as members of Organizing Committee.
At the start of the Board meeting Mrs. Carrie Lam visited our room. She is the former Chief Secretary for Administration and now the candidate for the Chief Executive of Hong Kong. Coincidently she was in her meeting at the office of Hong Kong Council of Social Service. WAsia Chairperson Katsunori Fujii sought the support of Hong Kong Government to the WI/WAsia conference.
This was the first meeting welcoming new Directors from South Asia, Shamim Ferdous from Bangladesh and Dipesh Sutariya from India. We received detail updates of the conference by Deborah Wan, Chairperson of the Organizing Committee of the Conference. The Board also discussed about several agendas such as membership, financial.
The visit this time was very much fruitful thanks to excellent arrangement by the Hong Kong team and Directors extended their special thanks to Ms. Deborah Wan, Mr. Chuen Chin Kuo, Secretary General of Hong Kong Joint Council for People with Disabilities, Ms. Agatha Tang and Mr. Alan Lee of Joint Council for their great help.
Please visit the conference website for more information.