Seven out of 10 Hongkongers polled in a survey believe the government is being too protective of vested interests when it comes to the idea of a sharing economy.
The survey, commissioned by the Sharing Economy Alliance, found that about the same number of people think the administration is less open to economic activities arranged through online platforms when compared to competing cities in the region.
The survey quizzed 636 people online at the end of last month.
On a scale of zero to five, Hong Kong scored an average of 1.9 for the development of innovation and technology, while Seoul and Singapore had the highest scores of 3.8, followed by Shenzhen and Taipei.
The alliance’s convenor Simon Lee said that the Singaporean government has done much more to adopt new technology.
“We hope that the new administration will play the role as a facilitator,” he told RTHK’s Timmy Sung.