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[Press Release] 40 IT Organisations Petitions for Immediate Establishment of Technology Bureau
2014-01-08

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For Immediate Release

Fear of Losing Edge over Lack of Comprehensive Technology Strategy

40 IT Organisations Petitions for Immediate Establishment of Technology Bureau

(8 January 2014, Hong Kong) 40 ICT industry organisations support a petition that urges the Hong Kong government to establish a dedicated Technology and Communications Bureau (TCB) for promote growth of technology. The petition, initiated by Charles Mok, Legislative Councilor (Information Technology constituency), has received 500 signatures online in 6 days, showing collective consensus among the industry over the need for better technology policy planning and coordination.

The petition urges the HKSAR government to establish the TCB in the 2014 Policy Address and 2014-15 Budget, and demand the timeline and work plan for establishing the TCB within the current term, including consulting the industry and public over the proposed structure and scope of work. It also plead the support of all Legislative Council members. The petition calls for a dedicated technology bureau to study global and regional technology development trends and formulate an all-rounded technology blueprint with vision in the long run, such that technology becomes the driving force of the Hong Kong economy.

More than 20 representatives of ICT industry joined the press conference to show their support. Online comments show that ICT practitioners are worried over Hong Kong lagging behind South Korea, Singapore and Taiwan in terms of technology innovation. The IT industry is eager to have a technology bureau that shows the government’s commitment to promote technology, to coordinate and execute long term technology development strategy, enhance R&D to create more business and employment opportunities.

‘Technology and innovation are crucial to Hong Kong’s future social and economic development. Our government lacks vision in terms of technology development and policies remain piecemeal. A Technology Bureau is vital for promoting ICT, realising the enormous potentials that technology brings and keeping up with our peer cities in the region,’ said Charles Mok.

Mok demands the Hong Kong government to expedite the preparation work and set up the TCB within the current term of office. He also emphasize the importance to consult the industry and public over proposed structure and scope of work for sustainable and diverse economic development.

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Establish the Technology Bureau NOW!

A Petition by the ICT Sector of Hong Kong

List of supporting organisations (In alphabetical order)

 

Individual signatures and full petition letter:http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/tech-bureau-now

  1. AAMA Pearl River Delta Chapter (AAMA PRD)
  2. Asia Cloud Computing Association
  3. Business and Professionals Federation of Hong Kong (BPF)
  4. Chamber of Hong Kong Computer Industry (CHKCI)
  5. Communications Association of Hong Kong (CAHK)
  6. Data Center Professional Association (DCPA)
  7. DotAsia Organisation
  8. e-Learning Consortium (eLC)
  9. GS1 Hong Kong
  10. HKCSS Information Technology Resource Centre (ITRC)
  11. Hong Kong Association of Interactive Marketing (HKAIM)
  12. Hong Kong Civic Association (HKCA)
  13. Hong Kong Computer Association (HKCA)
  14. Hong Kong Computer Society (HKCS)
  15. Hong Kong Consumer Electronics Alliance (HKCEA)
  16. Hong Kong Electronics & Technologies Association (HKETA)
  17. Hong Kong Game Industry Association (HKGIA)
  18. Hong Kong Information Technology Federation (HKITF)
  19. Hong Kong Innovative Technology Preferred (HKITP)
  20. Hong Kong Institution of Engineers Information Technology Division (HKIE-ITD)
  21. Hong Kong Internet Service Providers Association (HKISPA)
  22. Hong Kong Management Association IT Management Club
  23. Hong Kong Retail Technology Industry Association (RTIA)
  24. Hong Kong Society of Medical Informatics (HKSMI)
  25. Hong Kong Wireless Technology Industry Association (WTIA)
  26. IEEE Hong Kong Section Computer Society Chapter (IEEE HK Comp)
  27. Innovation and Technology Association (ITA)
  28. Institute of Systematic Innovation, Hong Kong
  29. International Federation of Creativity and Technology (IFOCAT)
  30. Internet Society Hong Kong (ISOC HK)
  31. Invotech
  32. IT Service Management Forum (itSMF) Hong Kong Chapter
  33. IT Voice
  34. Open Computing Alliance
  35. Open Data Hong Kong (ODHK)
  36. Open Source Hong Kong (OSHK)
  37. Professional Information Security Association (PISA)
  38. Project Management Institute Hong Kong Chapter (PMI HK)
  39. Society of Hong Kong External Telecommunications Services Providers (HKETS)
  40. Technology Incubation Network (TIN)
  41. The Institution of Engineering and Technology Hong Kong
  42. Valkyrie-X Security Research Group
  43. VTC IT Alumni Association

Full petition letter

Establish the Technology Bureau NOW!

A Petition by the ICT Sector of Hong Kong

Technology and innovation are crucial to the sustainable and diversified economic growth for Hong Kong and are the boost needed to keep Hong Kong competitive. Technology can also make our lives better and bring enormous benefit to society. Our competitors are all making great effort in technology innovation and R&D, with specialised bureau overseeing the execution of comprehensive and long-term strategies.

In Hong Kong, the policies to promote ICT, communications and technology innovation are scattered under different departments, lacking overall planning and coordination. We need a bureau specialised in promoting technology to study latest technology development in the region and worldwide to formulate an all-rounded technology blueprint with vision in the long run. It should align and coordinate government departments, ICT industry, academia and R&D institutes towards a common goal – making technology the driving force of the Hong Kong economy.

The ICT sector has urged time and again for a Technology Bureau, yet a year and half since CY Leung’s term started, there is still no word on his election pledge to establish the Technology and Communications Bureau.

We the undersigned hereby urge the HKSAR government to establish the Technology and Communications Bureau in the 2014 Policy Address and 2014-15 Budget without any further delay. We also demand the timeline and work plan for establishing the Technology Bureau within the current term, including consulting the industry and public over the proposed structure and scope of work. We also urge all Legislative Councilors for their support.

Hong Kong is lagging far behind our neighbours in South Korea, Singapore and Taiwan in technology and innovation. Establishing the Technology and Communications Bureau is an important step to the growth of ICT sector and putting technology back to the centre of the Hong Kong economy. Technology can also open up opportunities for our next generation and promote better livelihood for all. We plead your support to the recommendations above to end the procrastination for long term planning. Technology Bureau NOW! Thank you!

 

3 January 2014

Initiated by Charles Mok, Legislative Council (Information Technology)

Office Of Hon. Charles Mok, Legislative Councillor (IT)