REFORM.

Policy proposals adopted by the Government

Nurture IT talent

Charles Mok’s proposal

Nurture more IT talent via Technology Associate Program

2017 Policy Address

a $500 million “Technology Talent Scheme”, including the establishment of a “Postdoctoral Hub”

Review outdated laws

Charles Mok’s proposal

Review outdated laws and establish a Technology and Law Reform Committee

2017 Policy Address

To establish a “Policy Innovation and Co‑ordination Unit” to work with all bureaux to proactively review the policies and legislation within their policy purview to bring them up to date and remove red tape in order to foster the development of a new economy.

Smart City Development

Charles Mok’s proposal

Establish a Public Digital Service Lab and Institute of Digital Skills for Civil Servants to encourage the government to use technology and innovative solutions to improve public services

2017 Policy Address

Establishing a new civil service college

Charles Mok’s proposal

Allow trails of auto-pilot technology

2017 Policy Address

  • Facilitate trials of autonomous vehicles at appropriate locations
  • Commence a feasibility study on the installation of in-vehicle units for better traffic management

Charles Mok’s proposal

Reform Government digital services and establish an online platform

2017 Policy Address

  • Reforming the development technology of e-Government systems and build a big data analytics platform to support the adoption of cloud services and new information technology
  • Heads of Departments to reduce the demand for manpower by streamlining administration, fostering innovation and collaboration, and leveraging technologies

Charles Mok’s proposal

Provide an e-ID for citizens as an essential infrastructure of smart city development


2017 Policy Address

Incentivize R&D investment

Charles Mok’s proposal

Tax incentive for companies to increase R&D investment and for overseas corporates to establish R&D centres in Hong Kong

2017 Policy Address

To encourage enterprises to invest in research and development, the first $2 million eligible R&D expenditure will enjoy a 300% tax deduction with the remainder at 200%

Charles Mok’s proposal

Reform performance indicators and grant approval mechanisms for R&D in universities

2017 Policy Address

Set aside no less than $10 billion as funding for university research


Charles Mok’s proposal

Groom and attract R&D talents

2017 Policy Address

Inject $3 billion into the Research Endowment Fund for non-means-tested studentships fully covering the tuition fees for all local students of UGC-funded research postgraduate programmes

Reform Government Procurement and support local tech SMEs tuition fees

Charles Mok’s proposal

Reform the government IT procurement arrangement

2017 Policy Address

Explore incorporating innovation and technology as a criterion into the procurement arrangements, rather than solely considering which is the lowest priced bid, in order to encourage local technological innovation

Charles Mok’s proposal

$500 million TechConnect scheme to promote the use of technology by government departments to enhance service quality

2017 Policy Address

Spurring growth in Innovation & Technology

Charles Mok’s proposal

Develop a blueprint in using innovative and technology for industrial transformation

2017 Policy Address

Reform the Chief Executive-led Economic Development Commission and Commission on Strategic Development, setting up the Chief Executive’s Council of Advisers on Innovation and Strategic Development


Foster Fintech development & support start-ups

Charles Mok’s proposal

Set up a Fintech “supervisory sandbox” to let financial institutions try out new Fintech applications so as to expedite the launch of new services

2017 Policy Address

Charles Mok’s proposal

Set up a cross-departmental platform to foster e-commerce, helping local SMEs and enterprises to promote their business through new technologies and raise the value of our brands

2017 Policy Address

The Government will set up an inter-departmental platform to promote the development of e-commerce. The Government will also encourage the development of mobile payment channels

Charles Mok’s proposal

Increase land supply for technology development

2017 Policy Address

Cyberport will join and support the Government’s Space Sharing Scheme for Youth to provide some 20 000 square feet of off-site Smart-Space co-working space to further its support for innovation and technology start-ups

Improve Digital Infrastructure

Charles Mok’s proposal

Improve Internet connection in rural areas

2017 Policy Address

Launching a pilot Multi-functional Smart Lampposts scheme at selected urban locations. The Smart Lampposts would provide convenient data services and collect various types of real-time city data, help enhance city and traffic management, and would complement Hong Kong’s future infrastructure development for 5G mobile communications technology

Charles Mok’s proposal

Open up more spectrum so as to improve mobile network service quality and enable for 5G network

2017 Policy Address

Promote the extension of optical fibre networks to villages in rural and remote areas so as to further enhance the coverage of higher speed fixed broadband network

Open Data

Charles Mok’s proposal

Open Data and improve policy-making

2017 Policy Address

Set up a Big Data Analytics Platform in the HA to identify useful information that helps develop healthcare policies, enhance clinical and healthcare services, improve healthcare quality and safety, and promote healthcare services innovation

Government transparency

Charles Mok’s proposal

Expedite the implementation of Freedom of Information Act and Archival Law

2017 Policy Address

Hold a positive attitude towards the enactment of an archives law. The Government will follow up on this after receiving from the Law Reform Commission the report that it will compile following extensive consultation. At the present stage, the Government will continue to enhance the records management work. (CSO)


Strengthen STEM education

Charles Mok’s proposal

Update the ICT curriculum in both primary and secondary schools and make coding a basic education

2017 Policy Address

Computational thinking and coding education will also be strengthened in primary schools

Charles Mok’s proposal

STEM Professional Teaching Development Programme to offer STEM training to teachers

2017 Policy Address

Intensive training programmes on STEM education will be organised for school leaders and middle managers

Develop gerontech

Charles Mok’s proposal

Encourage the innovation and technology industry to research and develop more gerontechnology products, services and solutions to address the challenges posed by an ageing population

2017 Policy Address

Earmark $1 billion for setting up a fund to subsidize elderly service units to try and procure technology products; commission the Hong Kong Council of Social Service to promote the use of technology among social welfare organisations and carers. The initiatives will also cover rehabilitation service units