In an attempt to consolidate its regional leadership in IT, the Hong Kong government has pledged to establish an Innovation and Technology Bureau (ITB).
The consultation and legislation work on the objectives and composition of the new bureau will be intense in the coming months. Once operational, the ITB should interact with the technology industry with the aim to improve market development locally and globally, and will coordinate different departments’ efforts to create opportunities and nurture talents. On this last particular objective, the government will launch the Fourth Strategy on Information Technology in Education this year. Major initiatives include the phased provision of Wi-Fi services and other supporting facilities for all public sector schools from the 2014/15 school year. Though details are not yet available, this strategy intends to help schools and students use mobile devices in learning and teaching. The government has also pledged to establish a framework for ICT professional recognition to raise the professional profile of local ICT professionals.