Digital transformation for local SMEs, upskilling of our IT workforce and talent nurturing were my work focus last year and a number of my policy proposals were adopted and implemented. Billions of funds have so far been put to develop innovation and technology by the government but most of the resources were dedicated to building hardwares and infrastructures. However, equally important are more support on training technology talents and reviewing outdated regulations that are impeding innovation growth.
Facing unpredictable and complicated economic situations amidst the trade war between China and the United States, our IT industry and local SMEs are under huge pressure. Investing in our talent pool is vital to the future of Hong Kong. I will continue my pursuit in urging for more support in upskilling, more subsidies for studies and training and creating better jobs for the industry. I also request the government to expand current efforts, including the support to firms and start-ups in hiring and adopting technology.
Hong Kong’s competitive edges lie in our law and order, free flow of information and protection over intellectual property rights. It is essential that we carry on with these strengths and continue to create a favourable business environment, capture more foreign investment and attract more data centres to set foot in Hong Kong. This is our path to further our innovation and technology development and Hong Kong to remain in a unique status in the thick of the US-China tangle.
The ongoing anti-extradition protests have heard Hong Kong people speak clearly of their demands and also concerns on privacy protection and surveillance. I remain steadfast in fighting for the rights and freedom of Hong Kong people. Going forward, I will continue to defend our free Internet and freedom of speech, and press on with genuine universal suffrage which I believe is the only solution to our current crisis and divides.
Legislative Councillor (IT)