Hong Kong and the mainland on Wednesday signed an agreement to work together to speed up the building of an international innovative technology hub in the SAR.
Chief Executive John Lee and Minister of Science and Technology, Wang Zhigang, were present at the ceremony in Beijing where vice minister Zhang Guangjun and the SAR’s innovation, technology and industry secretary, Sun Dong, signed the agreement.
In a speech, Wang said Hong Kong plays an indispensable role in the nation’s IT development.
“[The agreement] will certainly bring Hong Kong and the mainland to a new stage in the joint development of innovative technology and help Hong Kong speed up the building of an international centre for innovative technology, so that it can help the country become more self-reliant on high-value IT industry,” he said.
Meanwhile, Lee noted that the agreement will bring about more profound collaboration between the two sides in areas such as research and development, sharing of resources and exchange of personnel.
“This will open a new chapter in the mainland and Hong Kong’s cooperation in science and technology,” the CE said.