Mr Anthony S.K. Wong, Commissioner for Innovation & Technology, Innovation & Technology Commission, The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong. [16 May 2007, CRCA Conference]
The first Plenary speaker this morning was Mr Anthony S.K. Wong on Hong Kong – A Regional Technology Service Hub.
Mr Wong explained that there are 80,000 factories or manufacturing centres employing 15 million workers in the Pearl River Delta (PRD) region. The PRD area is within a two-hour drive from Hong Kong.
Mr Wong described the new strategy for nurturing technology and innovation of the 60,000 Hong Kong invested or managed manufacturing enterprises in the Pearl River Delta (PRD) region. This includes the opening of five R & D centres for:
- information and communications technologies
- textiles and clothing
- nanotechnology and advanced materials
- logistics and supply chain management
- automotive parts and accessory systems
Mr Wong explained that the R & D centres have formed partnerships with local and overseas universities and research organisations to conduct joint research projects providing these partners with access to 80,000 manufacturing facilities.
Hong Kong has long been the gateway between Chinese and its international trading partners. Mr Wong said that with the support of the new R & D centres, Hong Kong will grow to be the technology service gateway and suggested that Australia too would benefit from research cooperation between Australia and Hong Kong.