Executive councilor Fanny Law is hitting out at pan-democrats for holding up funding for a planned innovation and technology bureau.
Law, who is also chairman of the Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corp., said the pan-democrats’ filibuster of the agency’s proposed budget will hinder Hong Kong’s long-term technology development.
She defended the appointment of pro-establishment officials to run the bureau, saying it requires a close working relationship with the government, Ming Pao Daily reported Monday.
“It would not make sense to appoint someone from the opposition camp,” she said.
Law urged legislators to support the proposal for the sake of Hong Kong and not be influenced by their opinions of Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying.
“This is not about Leung Chun-ying or his personal benefits. It should not be voted down because of him,” Law said.
Law said Hong Kong is rich in technology talent but technology research projects need government support and promotion to become global.
Singapore, not Hong Kong, almost always springs to mind when technology is mentioned, she said.
Law said government departments need new technology applications all the time and the demand can only be properly handled by a technology bureau.
Investment by the government and the private sector in Hong Kong’s technology industry accounts for less than 0.8 percent of gross domestic product.
The corresponding figures for Shenzhen and the whole mainland China are 4 percent and 2.2 percent, respectively.
Hong Kong is already lagging its competitors in technology, Law said.
It has a chance to catch up but failure to do so will further erode its competitiveness, she said.
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