Hongkongers consider the city lagging behind other major cities in Asia in innovation and technology development.
According to a survey commissioned by the Sharing Economy Alliance and conducted by the the Public Opinion Programme of the University of Hong Kong, respondents gave innovation and technology development in the territory a rating of 1.9 on average, lower than the ratings they gave for other Asian cities, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.
The online survey, conducted between Aug. 24 and Aug. 31, asked 636 Hong Kong respondents aged 18 or above to rank five Asian cities in terms of innovation and technology development. The five cities, aside from Hong Kong, were Taipei, Shenzhen, Seoul and Singapore.
Hong Kong obtained the lowest average rating among the five, while Seoul and Singapore tied for the highest ranking, securing the average rating of 3.8. Taipei and Shenzhen got 2.7 and 2.8 respectively.
Respondents’ recognition of the performance of the Innovation and Technology Bureau (ITB) was low. Over 70 percent of the respondents think the government is too protective of vested interests.
More than 60 percent said they are not satisfied with ITB’s efforts in coordinating various policy bureaus and stakeholders toward promoting innovation and technology in the city.
Also, more than 68 percent are not satisfied with ITB’s efforts in facilitating communication and cooperation among stakeholders.
Over 60 percent agreed that sharing economy can help make Hong Kong more competitive.
The Sharing Economy Alliance is urging the government to form a task force on sharing economy to facilitate discussions among stakeholders on relevant issues, with the end in view of reaching a consensus on the appropriate policies that need to be adopted.
The alliance also said that law enforcement agencies should consider consumers’ rights and welfare, and that the government should draw reference from best practices in other jurisdictions regarding policy designs and adaptations.
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