A Smart City Office will be set up in the Innovation and
Technology Bureau to take charge of the overall co-ordination and monitoring of
the progress and effectiveness of smart city projects.
On December 15, the Hong Kong Government released
City Blueprint (“the Blueprint”) for Hong Kong with a vision to build Hong
Kong into a world-class smart city. The Blueprint maps out development plans in
the next five years, aiming to enhance the effectiveness of city management and
improve people's quality of living as well as Hong Kong's attractiveness and
sustainability by making use of innovation and technology (I&T).
The Government had commissioned a comprehensive consultancy
study which made short-, medium- and long-term recommendations in six major
areas, namely: “Smart Mobility”, “Smart Living”, “Smart Environment”, “Smart
People”, “Smart Government” and “Smart Economy”. The Office of the Government
Chief Information Officer invited
members of the public to give views on the recommendations made in the
report of the consultancy study on the smart city blueprint, during the period
from August 1 to September 30, 2017.
The Blueprint lists out the final strategies and initiatives
in the above mentioned six major areas. The Government has taken into
consideration Hong Kong’s challenges, unique local situation and strengths and
opportunities ahead, and maps out in the Blueprint its smart city development
plans in the next five years, and beyond.
Some highlights of the initiatives are as follows:
The Government recognises that smart city requires collaboration
among the Government, industry, academia and citizens. The Government will
consider appropriate implementation models, including public-private
partnership, for smart city projects. New technology solutions will also be
tested in a smart region living lab.
The Steering Committee on Innovation and Technology chaired
by the Chief Executive has started operation to steer development of I&T
and smart city projects.
A Smart City Office will also be set up in the Innovation and Technology Bureau to take
charge of the overall co-ordination and monitoring of the progress and
effectiveness of smart city projects.
The Blueprint notes that smart city is people-centric and
that it should be built upon the needs of the people. To enable the public to
stay well informed of smart city development, relevant bureaux and departments
will provide progress updates on their work plans, as well as relevant facts
and figures from time to time. The Government will also review from time to
time the effectiveness of work and introduce new measures to bring in more
I&T applications to Hong Kong.
Read the Hong Kong Smart City Blueprint here.
Access the dedicated smart city portal here.
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