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Forum on Mainland-HK Cooperation in I&T explores new co-operation opportunities (with photos/video)

15 May 2018

The Forum on Mainland-Hong Kong Cooperation in Innovation and Technology held today (May 15) by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government was attended by over 100 academicians of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE), as well as representatives of the HKSAR Government and the technology sector. The forum discussed new opportunities brought about by opening up science and technology funding by the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) and the Ministry of Finance for application by Hong Kong higher education institutions and research institutions.

In her address, the Chief Executive, Mrs Carrie Lam, highlighted that the forum was meant to brief research experts at the earliest opportunity on the newly announced guidelines of the Central Government in support of the development of innovation and technology in Hong Kong and Macao.

Under the guidelines, universities and research institutions in the Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macao can now bid for funding to undertake central fiscal science and technology projects, on the basis of merit and competition. The new arrangements have realised cross-boundary remittance of project funding, which the local technology sector has long been calling for.

Mrs Lam said, "Local research will be funded by the science and technology funding of the Central Government. This will foster technological co-operation between Hong Kong and the Mainland and give full play to the unique advantages in technology of the two places, laying a solid foundation for the Hong Kong-Shenzhen Innovation and Technology Park in the Lok Ma Chau Loop. The policy also paves the way for building the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Bay Area into an international innovation and technology hub and provides incessant impetus for the current-term Government in spurring innovation and technology development."

A Vice Minister of Science and Technology, Professor Huang Wei, announced details of the new policy at the forum. Deputy Director of the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Council Mr Huang Liuquan and Deputy Director of the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the HKSAR Mr Tan Tieniu also addressed the forum.

In the panel discussion hosted by the President of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Professor Timothy Tong, a number of speakers had in-depth discussions on the new policy. They are:

  • Professor C C Chan
    Academician of the CAE
  • Professor Nancy Ip
    Member of the CAS and Vice-President for Research and Graduate Studies and the Director of the State Key Laboratory of Molecular Neuroscience at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
  • Professor Pei Duanqing
    Director General of the Guangzhou Institutes of Biomedicine and Health, CAS
  • Professor Tang Xiaoou
    Co-Founder of SenseTime Group Limited
  • Mr Wu Xueti
    Deputy Director General of the Department of Resource Allocation and Management, MOST

Also attending the forum were the Secretary for Innovation and Technology, Mr Nicholas W Yang; the Permanent Secretary for Innovation and Technology, Mr Cheuk Wing-hing; and the Commissioner for Innovation and Technology, Ms Annie Choi.

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Forum on Mainland-HK Cooperation in Innovation and Technology

The Chief Executive, Mrs Carrie Lam, speaks at the Forum on Mainland-Hong Kong Cooperation in Innovation and Technology at the Central Government Offices in Tamar today (May 15). The Chief Executive, Mrs Carrie Lam, attended the Forum on Mainland-Hong Kong Cooperation in Innovation and Technology at the Central Government Offices in Tamar today (May 15). Mrs Lam (centre) is pictured with the Secretary for Innovation and Technology, Mr Nicholas W Yang (first right); the Vice Minister of Science and Technology, Professor Huang Wei (second left); the Deputy Director of the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Council, Mr Huang Liuquan (second right); and the Deputy Director of the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Mr Tan Tieniu (first left). The Permanent Secretary for Innovation and Technology, Mr Cheuk Wing-hing (first right); Deputy Director of the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Mr Tan Tieniu (fourth left); academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering Professor C C Chan (second right); member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and Vice-President for Research and Graduate Studies and Director of the State Key Laboratory of Molecular Neuroscience at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Professor Nancy Ip (third right); the President of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Professor Timothy Tong (fourth right); the Director General of the Guangzhou Institutes of Biomedicine and Health, CAS, Professor Pei Duanqing (second left); the Deputy Director General of the Department of Resource Allocation and Management of the Ministry of Science and Technology, Mr Wu Xueti (third left); and Co-Founder of SenseTime Group Limited Professor Tang Xiaoou (first left) are pictured at the Forum on Mainland-Hong Kong Cooperation in Innovation and Technology today (May 15). Speakers have an in-depth discussion on the opening up of science and technology funding of the Central Government to higher education institutions and research institutions in Hong Kong at the Forum on Mainland-Hong Kong Cooperation in Innovation and Technology today (May 15).
The Chief Executive, Mrs Carrie Lam, speaks at the Forum on Mainland-Hong Kong Cooperation in Innovation and Technology at the Central Government Offices in Tamar today (May 15).

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The Chief Executive, Mrs Carrie Lam, attended the Forum on Mainland-Hong Kong Cooperation in Innovation and Technology at the Central Government Offices in Tamar today (May 15). Mrs Lam (centre) is pictured with the Secretary for Innovation and Technology, Mr Nicholas W Yang (first right); the Vice Minister of Science and Technology, Professor Huang Wei (second left); the Deputy Director of the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Council, Mr Huang Liuquan (second right); and the Deputy Director of the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Mr Tan Tieniu (first left).

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The Permanent Secretary for Innovation and Technology, Mr Cheuk Wing-hing (first right); Deputy Director of the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Mr Tan Tieniu (fourth left); academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering Professor C C Chan (second right); member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and Vice-President for Research and Graduate Studies and Director of the State Key Laboratory of Molecular Neuroscience at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Professor Nancy Ip (third right); the President of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Professor Timothy Tong (fourth right); the Director General of the Guangzhou Institutes of Biomedicine and Health, CAS, Professor Pei Duanqing (second left); the Deputy Director General of the Department of Resource Allocation and Management of the Ministry of Science and Technology, Mr Wu Xueti (third left); and Co-Founder of SenseTime Group Limited Professor Tang Xiaoou (first left) are pictured at the Forum on Mainland-Hong Kong Cooperation in Innovation and Technology today (May 15).

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Speakers have an in-depth discussion on the opening up of science and technology funding of the Central Government to higher education institutions and research institutions in Hong Kong at the Forum on Mainland-Hong Kong Cooperation in Innovation and Technology today (May 15).

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