Civil Service college complex cost estimated at HK$6-7 billion

Local | 19 Oct 2018 12:32 pm

The Secretary for the Civil Service Joshua Law said today that a new Civil Service college, announced by the Chief Executive Carrie Lam in her latest Policy Address, will cost around HK$6 billion to HK$7 billion.

The 11,000 square meter Kwun Tong complex, schedule to be completed by 2026, will also include a district health center and other community facilities as well as connectivity to various parts of Kowloon Tong, he said, RTHK Reports.

"We will be going to consult the local community, especially the district council and this will happen fairly soon," Law said. Then it will have to move through the Finance Committee and Legco for approval, he said.

Asked about what will be the difference between courses offered in the new facility for civil servants and those provided by the existing Civil Service Training and Development Institute, Law said: "There will be more courses. They will be offering deeper focus on technology, on smart city, on future direction of the community, and also deepening the understanding of the nation's policies."

As for the existing Shine Skills Centre at the chosen site, which offers skills training programs for people with disabilities, the secretary said an alternative facility will be put in place by 2021 and the center will shift there.

Law told RTHK's Janice Wong that parents of students learning there need not fear that their children will have nowhere to go as a result of the plan.

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