Bangladesh Protibondhi Foundation

Time flies. Almost one month has passed since WI/WAsia Conference in Hong Kong.

430 delegates including 220 from 24 countries/areas from the world gathered in Kerry Hotel.

Moreover more than 100 staff members and volunteers contributed to work for the conference, exhibitions and study visits.

More than 50 speakers presented their successful experiences in plenary sessions and parallel sessions as well.

Delegates had a good opportunity to learn from organizations in Hong Kong in the study visit on Day 3.

It was a really significant and historical forum to discuss and exchange among participants to promote more employment of persons with disabilities everywhere in the world.

Participants actively joined discussion in and outside the room.

 

On behalf of Workability Asia I would extend my sincere appreciation to the members of Organizing Committee and Secretariat of Hong Kong for their outstanding management of the conference and warmest hospitality to all of the delegates.

Thank you also for members of Workability Asia for your strong commitments and contribution to the conference.

Hong Kong Conference was a great success and we should be moving forward towards an inclusive society where persons with disabilities could enjoy full of rights including a right to work.

 

Our Auditor, Joy Garcia will give you an excellent detail report of the conference in the WAsia Newsletter to be issued within the month.

 

Workability Asia Conference will be placed in Phnom Penh, Cambodia in 3rd - 5th September 2018 hosting by our members in Cambodia.

Let us all unite again in Phnom Penh next year!

 

Thank you so much again for your great supports to Hong Kong Conference.

 

With kindest regards,

Hiroshi


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Date: 13th June 2017

Venue: Kerry Hotel Hong Kong

Agenda: Membership Report

              Financial Report

              Secretary Report

              Towards Sustainable Development of Workability Asia

              Issues should be tackled by Workability Asia

Almost two weeks to go to WI/WAsia Hong Kong Conference.

As of today 435 delegates including 216 from 24 countries/areas are participating.

Thanks to tremendous works of Hong Kong team and WAsia members in Hong Kong, very attractive and informative program is ready now.

4 opening speeches, 3 keynote speeches, 9 speeches in plenary sessions and 38 speeches in parallel sessions!!

It is indeed a very big opportunity to discuss and exchange successful experiences to expand more employment for persons with disabilities in the world.

We look forward to seeing many of you in Hong Kong very shortly.


Programme is here  Programme as of 25 May.pdf

HONG KONG CONFERENCE UPDATE

Workability International and Workability Asia Conference will be held at Kerry Hotel, Hong Kong in 12 - 14 June 2017.

At the moment over 400 have been registered including 200 overseas delegates from 21 countries/areas.

Over 50 abstracts for concurrent sessions were submitted from the world and its selection will be finished shortly, then full programs will be fixed.

We are very much sure to provide very interesting and attractive programs to discuss "Creating Sustainable Ecosystem for Persons with Disabilities at Work" .

We look forward to seeing you at the HONG KONG CONFERENCE.

Visit the conference website.
 

EARLY BIRD RATE UNTIL TOMORROW

Early Bird Rtae for the regisitration of WI/WAsia Hong Kong Conference 2017 will be ended on 28 February 2017.
 
Register now by online!
 

Invitation to the Special Sponsorship is here.


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. DSCN0892.JPG 

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.

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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.

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Please visit the conference website for more information.

https://2017wasia-wiconference.org.hk/

Seasons Greetings

Workability Asia wishes you, family and friends HAPPY HOLIDAYS and HEALTHY, JOYFUL and SUCCESSFUL NEW YEAR!
 
We would like to extend millions of thanks for your great supports throughout 2016.
 
We look forward to seeing you all at WI/WAsia Conference to be held in Hong Kong in 12 - 14 June 2017.
 
Work hard together to enhance more rights of persons with disabilities to work in the region and worldwide!
 
Best wishes,

"Warm Welcome from Hong Kong"

Welcome Message

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Hong Kong is honoured to host 2017 Conference of Workability International and Workability Asia and my pleasure to invite all of you to participate this Conference which will be held from 12-14 June 2017 at Kerry Hotel, Hong Kong.

The chosen theme for the Conference is "Creating a Sustainable Ecosystem for Persons with Disabilities at Work" with the objectives of providing a sharing forum for exchanging international trend and good practice, sharing of strategies and new initiatives which will provide a positive eco-system enabling persons with disabilities to be engaged in meaningful work and employment.  The subthemes include Enabling Ecosystem to facilitate work potential and employment opportunities; Social innovation in enhancing the employability and Social impact of social enterprises.  The Conference is intended to invite all stakeholders to participate, the government representatives, the non-government organizations, the business partners who provide work and employment, the employees who are in open and supported employment, self-help groups or organizations, etc.

The Conference will have two day meetings and one day study visit and the meetings include plenary and parallel sessions and you are welcome to submit the abstracts for presentation at the Conference.

2017 Hong Kong Conference is also the annual conference of Workability Asia and Workability International and these 2 bodies have been engaged in networking the regions and the global on matters of common interests in promoting the employability of persons with disabilities.  I am pleased that I am the Vice-Chairperson of Workability Asia and the Director of Workability International and I have been able to network with many countries in Asia Region and also with other regions so I invite all of you to come to Hong Kong to share with us.

Hong Kong has a population of about 8 million, of which about 8% of them are persons with disabilities and the unemployment rate is currently 6%, however, the unemployment rate of non-disabled persons is 3% so we will continue to work towards higher employment rate by sharing with regional and international leaders in the coming 2017 Hong Kong Conference.

On behalf of the host organizations, the Hong Kong Joint Council for People with Disabilities and Hong Kong Council of Social Service, I extend my heartiest welcome to you to come to Hong Kong and send a delegation from your country to attend 2017 Hong Kong Conference of Workability International and Workability Asia. 

Deborah Wan
Chairperson of Organizing Committee
2017 Hong Kong Conference of Workability International and Workability Asia   

All information is here.

・Date: 12 - 14 June 2017
・Venue: Kerry Hotel Hong Kong
・Theme: Creating a Sustainable Ecosystem for Persons with Disabilities at Work
・Host Organization: Hong Kong Joint Council for People with Disabilities/Hong Kong Council of Social Service
 
Registration is now opened by online.
→ Visit "Registration".
 
Abstracts submission is required by 10 March 2017.
 → Visit "Abstract" .
 
Do not miss the chance to promote more employment opportunities for persons with disabilities!
 
 
Kerry Hotel, Hong Kong
KERRY HOTEL HONG KONG
The winner of Workability International Photo Competition was announced at the WI Annual General Meeting on 26th September 2016 held in Auckland, New Zealand.
The winning photo was the entry from Bangladesh Protibondhi Foundation, the member of Workability Asia in Bangladesh.
You can enjoy the photo in the cover page of the website.