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[Press release] Charles Mok put forward IT policy proposal to Carrie Lam, focusing on tech talent, digital transformation, reviewing outdated laws

(29 August, 2017, Hong Kong) IT Legislative Councillor Charles Mok today met with Chief Executive Carrie Lam alongside five other Legislative Councillors from the Professional Guild.


Charles Mok submitted his IT-focused policy proposal, titled “Update for Innovation, Transform for Growth” to Mrs Lam for the upcoming Policy Address. In his 28-page proposal, Charles Mok listed out recommendations covering measures on boosting research and development spending, nurturing more IT talent to meet future demand, reviewing outdated laws, fostering Smart City development, and also touch upon democratic development and livelihood issues in Hong Kong.


At the meeting, Charles Mok urged Mrs Lam to implement policies and new measures to attract and retain IT talents. He mentioned Mrs Lam’s duty visit to Singapore early this month and hoped that the Chief Executive, after visiting the Singapore government’s innovation lab for digital services, will encourage government departments to experiment with innovative solutions and facilitating the use of technology to improve public services.


“I hope the Chief Executive will consult the ICT sector for her Policy Address and respond to the sector’s demands on nurturing talents, fostering the growth of SMEs and local startups, the government to step up in using technology to improve public services and facilitate the industrial transformation. More importantly, the government needs to review outdated law for innovations to growth,” Mr Mok says.


The Professional Guild also called for the government to arrange for the Legislative Council by-elections without further delay. Following the court ruling to disqualify Legco members and the recent jailing of some social activists, Mr Mok believed it is the Chief Executive’s responsibility to address the social unrest.


Mr Mok also conveyed the proposals of Prof. Edward Yiu, member of the Professional Guild, on the Wang Chau housing development plan.


Highlight: 10 policy recommendations from Charles Mok:

1) Tax incentive for companies to increase R&D investment and for overseas corporates to establish R&D centres in Hong Kong.

2) Implement Digital Marketplace to facilitate the participation of SMEs and startups in the government’s IT contracts.

3) Reform the government IT procurement arrangement, establish a Public Digital Service Lab and Institute of Digital Skills for Civil Servants to encourage the government to use technology and innovative solutions to improve public services.  

4) Develop a blueprint in using innovative and technology for industrial transformation.

5) Nurture more IT talent via Technology Associate Program, Innovation and Technology Upskilling Fund, and Data Science Education Fund.

6) Re-launch the preparation work to establish the IT professional qualification framework.

7) Reform the Continuing Education Fund and encourage citizens to take up ICT courses.

8) Improve open data via formulating an Open Data Strategy, setting up Open Data Facilitation Office and an Open Data Institute to foster public-private partnership.

9) Review outdated laws and establish a Technology and Law Reform Committee.

10) Foster the development of Smart City, including setting out development strategy on gerontech, implementing Smart City Sandbox and facilitating the development of automated vehicles.  


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