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Now and then: a Hong Kong tech guru's view

Sheila Lam (Computerworld HK) | Feb. 19, 2014
Interview with Hong Kong IT veteran Stephen Lau

CWHK: What's your view about the Hong Kong government's plan to establish the Tech Bureau?
SL: Having a technology strategy is critical to Hong Kong's economic development. During the Chief Executive (CE) election, both candidates promised to establish a Tech Bureau. Unfortunately, the focus shifted to other areas, like welfare, after the CE took office.

On the mainland, both national and provincial governments have bureaus that focus on technology strategy. China's five-year plans have also included technology as the backbone to facilitate the country's development.

Hong Kong is known for its laissez faire environment—an open and free market with minimal government intervention and facilitation. But if technology is recognized as a major enabler to economic growth, the government should dedicate more resources to facilitate its development in order to take our economy to the next level.

Our technology development initiatives are currently fragmented. We need a bureau to develop a technology strategy with clear direction, as well as to fight for resources to bring this strategy into reality.

 

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