Calling for additional funding to the D-Biz Programme
Amid the pandemic crisis and the looming economic recession, D-Biz comes as an immediate relief to both the ICT and users in all commercial sectors. However, with the current 8,665 applications filed (up to June 1), the $500-million fund will be quickly depleted. Injection of more funding to the programme is necessary to benefit more companies that are hit by the crisis.
The requirement for Technology Voucher Programme projects to obtain approval before commencement was recently relaxed. Applicants can now choose to commence their projects, which are still under vetting, on the day following the submission of the application. However, applicants should also note that they will have to bear the full costs of their projects themselves if their applications are subsequently not approved. (Read more)
Supporting children from underprivileged families on e-learning
In a bid to follow up on the support measures to children without computers at home to undertake e-learning, I have organised a meeting for the Alliance for Children Development Rights, Hong Kong Association for Computer Education and Association of I.T. Leaders in Education to discuss with the Education Bureau. Although the current subsidy was extended to cover all schools, more efforts are required to drive the application rate so that more children can be equally benefited.
Over 100,000 citizens supported RTHK programme
To counter the government’s moves in curbing the editorial, press and creative freedom of RTHK and its programme Headliner, I launched an online campaign in collaboration with a group of members from the RTHK Programme Advisory Panel to solicit public support. The campaign has seen over 100,000 people participating to date.