CE meets First Minister of Scotland

Hong Kong (HKSAR) -      The Chief Executive, Mrs Carrie Lam, met the First Minister of Scotland, Ms Nicola Sturgeon, at the Chief Executive's Office this afternoon (April 13).

     Welcoming Ms Sturgeon's visit to Hong Kong again since 2015, Mrs Lam said that Hong Kong and Scotland are partners in various aspects, in particular in innovation and technology (I&T). An agreement was signed a few years earlier to explore opportunities for collaboration in scientific research between universities in the two places. The Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation under the University of Edinburgh was also set up at the Hong Kong Science Park two years ago for exchanges of fruitful experiences with partners in the city and joint development of carbon technologies.

     Mrs Lam said that the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government is committed to developing I&T.

She said that with the forthcoming promulgation of the development plan for the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Bay Area, Hong Kong will strive to develop financial technologies, biotechnology, artificial intelligence and robotics as well as smart city, with a view to playing an active role in making the Bay Area an international I&T hub. She mentioned that Hong Kong will establish research clusters on healthcare technologies and on artificial intelligence and robotics technologies to attract the world's top scientific research institutions and technology enterprises to Hong Kong for conducting more midstream and downstream research and development projects in collaboration with local universities and scientific research institutions. She welcomed more Scottish scientific research institutions and technology enterprises to participate in the initiative to tap into the opportunities brought about by the development of the Bay Area and the Belt and Road Initiative.

Published on: 2018-04-13

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