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Friday, August 11, 2017, 22:41
DAB proposes national innovation center in HK
By Carrie Qiu in Hong Kong
Friday, August 11, 2017, 22:41 By Carrie Qiu in Hong Kong

This photo taken from the official website of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong shows DAB members briefing the press on Aug 11, 2017. The DAB proposed on Friday setting up a national-level science and technology innovation center in Hong Kong under the Greater Bay Area development plan.

Hong Kong’s biggest political party on Friday proposed setting up a national-level science and technology innovation center in the city under the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area development plan.

The proposal is seen as well-founded since the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) said before the State Council released the Greater Bay Area blueprint that it was interested in setting up such a center in the special administrative region.

The Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong (DAB) said it will submit the proposal to Hong Kong’s top liaison authority with the mainland – the Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Bureau. The initiatives are expected to be reflected in the city’s official proposal to the central government later this year. 

As Shenzhen has become one of the world’s leading innovation cities, the Greater Bay Area is likely to become the country’s high-tech base, the DAB said. Among bay area cities, Hong Kong has the advanced conditions and resources to be a top technology center. With its cosmopolitan status, Hong Kong could quickly launch original, world-class technology and innovation developments, DAB Vice-Chairman Holden Chow Ho-ding said. 

Chow suggested the center be built at the planned Lok Ma Chau Loop Innovation and Technology Park in the New Territories, on the boundary with Shenzhen. 

In February, Ye Dongbai, director-general of the Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan Affairs Office of the MOST, announced the country would “actively promote” Hong Kong as a national-level science and technology innovation center, giving the city an opportunity to play its role as “super-connector”.

His recommendation recognized the impressive performance by Hong Kong research and development organizations and people behind the nation’s science and technology breakthroughs.

In the State Science and Technology Awards 2016, scientists from Hong Kong took nine awards, either working independently or participating in other research groups. 

carrieqiu@chinadailyhk.com

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