In response to media enquiries on the recruitment of the Chairperson of the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC), a government spokesman today (November 5) said that upon the close of the application period on September 24, the executive search firm engaged by the Government to carry out the recruitment exercise had received 44 applications. In addition, the firm has contacted 49 people with experience in serving senior positions in various sectors of the community, whom it considered suitable for consideration.
"All candidates are assessed based on how well they meet the requirements as set out in the recruitment advertisement, which include their relevant administration or management experience, commitment to equal opportunities, vision, integrity, leadership qualities, personality, track record in public or community service and communication skills," the spokesman said.
"The selection board will consider the candidates fairly on the basis of the specified requirements, before recommending the most suitable candidate to the Chief Executive for appointment."
The selection board is chaired by Dr Leong Che-hung, and its members comprise Professor Anthony Cheung, Mr Bernard Chan, the Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs, and the Secretary for Labour and Welfare.
The EOC is an independent statutory body responsible for implementing the anti-discrimination ordinances. The term of office of the incumbent EOC chairperson will expire on January 11, 2010.
Ends/Thursday, November 5, 2009