The Forum discussed new opportunities brought about by opening up science and technology funding by the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology and the Ministry of Finance for application by Hong Kong higher education institutions and research institutions.
According to an announcement
released on 15 May, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR)
Government held the Forum on Mainland-Hong Kong Cooperation in Innovation and
Technology to explore co-operation opportunities in innovation and technology
The Forum 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 Chinese 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, Chief Executive of Hong Kong 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.
Also present at 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.
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.
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.
"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,” said Mrs Lam.
At the forum, President of the Hong Kong Polytechnic
University Professor Timothy Tong moderated a panel discussion to discuss on
the new policy.
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