08 Oct Innovative use of technology is key to Hong Kong's economic future
Hong Kong is emerging from the global financial crisis in relatively good shape thanks to a combination of hard work, entrepreneurial spirit and the innovative use of Information Technology (IT), according Sunny Lee, the President of the Hong Kong Computer Society, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. Lee’s comments come in the run up to Hong Kong International Computer Conference 2009, which will take place on 5-6 November at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. The theme of the conference will be “IT Innovation – Value Creation and Economic Transformation. “It is clear that using technology to create a solid economic return is now embedded deeply in the fabric of Hong Kong’s businesses. Technology lies at the core of the city’s competitiveness and exploiting it in new and innovative ways is one of the keys to Hong Kong’s long term economic success,” said Lee.
“Hong Kong’s ability to adapt and meet new economic challenges is due in no small way to the eagerness with which individuals, organizations and the public sector have embraced technology. The results have been stunning. Technology has already radically transformed and dramatically improved many of Hong Kong’s businesses and services. Take education, healthcare, transportation, culture and entertainment for example, where technology has not only made a practical difference, it has also added an extra, green dimension,” said HKICC2009 Organizing Committee Chairman Dr. Kennedy Wong.
Technological innovation has also linked Hong Kong ever more comprehensively to businesses and the economy of China, delivering tangible efficiencies and commercial benefits to both sides.