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Editorial : HK innovation and technology development and the Greater Bay Area

【明報專訊】CHIEF EXECUTIVE Carrie Lam and many other speakers shared their views in the "Hong Kong Repositioning: Developing an International Innovation and Technology (I&T) Hub" forum organised by Ming Pao yesterday (April 1). Lam said that the government had spent tens of billions of Hong Kong Dollars on a number of policies and measures, providing concessions for the industry and helping nurture talent. It had also invested vigorously in research funds to improve I&T infrastructure. These measures had achieved a certain degree of success, Lam said, and while in the past "there were the seeds but not the soil", the situation had changed. She particularly mentioned the government's proposal to build two world-class platforms in Hong Kong Science Park for medical technology and artificial intelligence to attract top organisations across the globe to establish a presence in Hong Kong and build research centres together with local universities and research institutes. Initial reception has been pretty good, as a number of prestigious European and American universities including Harvard University, Stanford University and John Hopkins University in the US; Imperial College London and University College London in the UK; Institut Pasteur in France; and Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft in Germany have signed memoranda of cooperation with Hong Kong institutions to agree to operate in Hong Kong, showing the international community's optimism about the outlook for I&T in Hong Kong.

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