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Open recruitment of Chairperson of the Equal Opportunities Commission begins

     The post of the Chairperson of the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) is open for application from today (September 24).

     Advertisements for the post, which set out the details of the requirements for potential candidates, are published in newspapers today. Applicants should be permanent Hong Kong residents and have:

(a) a good general education;

(b) a strong commitment to promoting equal opportunities and building an inclusive, barrier-free and harmonious society;

(c) at least 15 years of relevant experience in public administration, professional practice or private sector management at a senior level; experience in leading and managing a sizable public or private organisation would be an advantage;

(d) clear vision, impeccable integrity, good leadership qualities particularly in steering a diverse governing board, management skills, mature personality;

(e) a solid track record in public or community service in Hong Kong; and

(f) strong language and communication skills, including good command of Chinese and English.

     All applications should be submitted to Amrop China Limited (Suite 1702-03 Tower One, Time Square, 1 Matheson Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong), the agency for this recruitment exercise, by October 15.

     The term of office of the incumbent EOC Chairperson, Mr Lam Woon-kwong, will expire on January 31, 2013. Under the Sex Discrimination Ordinance, the appointment authority for the EOC Chairperson rests with the Chief Executive. A Selection Board will recommend the most suitable candidate to the Chief Executive for appointment. The Board is chaired by Dr Leong Che-hung, and its members comprise Mrs Laura Cha, Mr Chow Chung-kong, Mr Tsang Kin-ping, the Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs, and the Secretary for Labour and Welfare.

     The EOC is an independent statutory body established under the Sex Discrimination Ordinance. Its functions include working towards the elimination of discrimination, promoting equality of opportunity and harmony, working towards the elimination of harassment and vilification, handling complaints, assisting persons aggrieved by discrimination by way of conciliation and other assistance, and issuing and revising codes of practice, under the four existing anti-discrimination ordinances in the areas of sex, disability, family status and race.

Ends/Monday, September 24, 2012