Policy highlights

key policy proposals

Tech talent nurturing

  • Introduce a mechanism to accumulate the remaining values of accounts that have used the Continuing Education Fund by increasing the balance by 10% annually.
  • Extend the government’s Internship Programme to all SMEs, start-ups, NGOs and trust funds.

Fostering innovation growth

  • Promoting the use of RegTech within the government.
  • To allocate funds from auctioning of spectrum and the OFCA Trading Fund to invest in new telecommunication infrastructures and systems, R&D and start-ups to speed up the 5G development.
  • Funding support to industries to adopt automation technologies to increase efficiency and productivity.

Rebuilding investor trust

  • The Internet must not be shut down, censored or controlled under any circumstances. Freedom of information must be safeguarded at all costs.
  • Review outdated regulations.

Smart City: More open and transparent

  • Update the Hong Kong Smart City Blueprint with more measures to protect privacy, monitor the data collection and surveillance efforts of the government. Automated facial recognition should be banned before privacy risks and concerns are fully addressed.
  • Setting out a $500-million funding to subsidy SMEs and companies on a matching basis (similar to TVP) to conduct cybersecurity audit and strengthen defense against cyber threats.

Mending the social rift

  • Reform the Independent Police Complaints Commission and grant the body with more power to pursue investigations and summon police officers.
  • Amend the Interception of Communications and Surveillance Ordinance. Enforcement agencies must obtain warrants to access the electronic communications of citizens.
  • Launch the consultation exercise for constitutional reform to allow Hong Kong people to elect the Chief Executive with ‘one person one vote’ without screening and all Legislative Council seats.

New initiatives undertaken by the govt

  • Extend the coverage of the Technology Talent Admission Scheme to companies outside the HKSTPC and Cyberport and to cover 13 new technology areas.
  • Extend the coverage of the Researcher Programme, Postdoctoral Hub and Public Sector Trial Scheme
  • The HKSTPC will kick-start its Phase II expansion programme and examine the setting up of the third InnoHK research cluster.
  • Release of the Smart City Blueprint for Hong Kong 2.0 in 2020.
  • Introduce an “iAM Smart” platform to provide one-stop personalised digital government services.
  • Explore the adoption of robotics technologies.
  • Adopt technologies to improve traffic management and enhance transport efficiency.
  • Introduce the Streamlining of Government Services Programme.
  • Consider legislative amendments to stipulate the conditions and supporting measures required for trials of autonomous vehicles so as to foster a suitable and safe road environment for such trials and promote the development and application of autonomous vehicles.