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Anti-epidemic meeting held

A meeting on the anti-epidemic work of the Mainland and Hong Kong was held today in Shenzhen.   It was hosted by Hong Kong & Macao Affairs Office of the State Council Deputy Director Huang Liuquan.   Chief Secretary John Lee led Hong Kong Special Administrative Region representatives to attend the meeting and exchange strategies with Mainland representatives on preventing and fighting COVID-19 as well as study the resumption of quarantine-free travel between the Mainland and Hong Kong.   Mr Huang noted that the office organised the meeting as the central government attaches great importance to the request by Chief Executive Carrie Lam on the resumption of quarantine-free travel with the Mainland.   Mr Lee thanked the central government for its support and care towards the Hong Kong SAR's efforts in preventing and fighting the virus, and for offering vital assistance on many occasions.   He also expressed gratitude to the office for arranging the meeting within a short

Alfred Sit highlights I&T opportunities

Secretary for Innovation & Technology Alfred Sit today updated the business community in Korea on Hong Kong's latest developments and opportunities in innovation and technology (I&T) during a webinar.   Mr Sit highlighted the vast opportunities brought about by the National 14th Five-Year Plan and the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, and the support Hong Kong provides for technology startups.   He gave a brief account of Hong Kong's vibrant I&T developments, saying that the Government has invested over US$14 billion in the city's I&T along eight major areas in the past four years to enhance its ecosystem.   The Government's efforts have received high acclaim internationally, he added.   Citing Hong Kong as one of the most dynamic startup ecosystems in Asia, Mr Sit said that in six years' time, the number of startups in the city has tripled to around 3,400 in 2020 with 11 unicorns having emerged and a quarter of the startup founders having their country of origin outside Hong Kong.   “This international profile tells that Hong Kong not only provides prospects but also welcomes tech startups irrespective of their country of origin to develop and flourish in Hong Kong,” he noted.   The I&T chief also outlined the opportunities brought about by the Greater Bay Area.   As one of the most open and economically vibrant regions in China, the bay area plays a strategic role in supporting Hong Kong's integration into the overall development of the country.   In addition, the National 14th Five-Year Plan reaffirmed the central government's unwavering support for Hong Kong to consolidate and enhance its competitive advantages in developing into an international I&T hub.   The Government is pressing ahead with the development of the Hong Kong-Shenzhen I&T Park in the Lok Ma Chau Loop, which will be the largest-ever I&T platform in Hong Kong.   It is also working with Shenzhen to develop the Shenzhen-Hong Kong I&T Co-operation Zone with a view to establishing "one zone, two parks" at "one river, two banks" under the auspices of "one country, two systems".   Mr Sit said: “Coupled with the rule of law, Hong Kong's market-oriented economy, comprehensive intellectual property rights protection and a business-friendly environment for startups, this will certainly achieve the synergy effect.”   On attracting global I&T talent, he said the Government has rolled out schemes such as the Global STEM Professorship Scheme to attract internationally renowned scholars and tech talent and contribute to the I&T advancement in Hong Kong and the bay area.   Mr Sit noted that Hong Kong remains a place filled with abundant and exciting opportunities and will continue to prosper as an international I&T hub with a significant degree of influence in the world.   He also welcomed technology companies in Korea to set up a presence in Hong Kong to tap the opportunities.
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