Reforming HK for the better: Technology, connectivity and people EJINSIGHT

ByThomas L. Elston

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Upon the completion of the Three-runway System, there will be a significant jump in the cargo-handling capacity of Hong Kong International Airport. Photo: Reuters/Hong Kong International Airport

Building off our former discussion, it is of our see that Hong Kong have to leverage technological know-how to link – not just components and current infrastructure, but also individuals and networks, that have occur to define our city’s competitive edge. Hong Kong have to trip on the hottest traits, to set a vision that provides people today collectively, as opposed to pulling them aside (i.e., the trends that we have seen getting to our home over the earlier handful of several years).

The incoming waves of exciting developments throughout the metaverse, non-fungible tokens (NFTs), cryptocurrency, blockchain technological innovation need to be seized upon by the city’s administration to make certain that Hong Kong gets the regional chief in nascent electronic technologies – whilst juggling concerns pertaining to privacy and information and facts protection. In the age of Web 3., also identified as the age of radical disintermediation that quasi-authentically captures and renders true-lifestyle expertise in virtual and augmented realities, there exists tremendous economic opportunities nevertheless to be harvested. For instance, the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation joined other major corporations in the Metaverse/Digital Systems area, and introduced its partnership with The Sandbox platform to enter the Metaverse without a doubt, the South China Early morning Put up, underneath the helming of outgoing CEO Gary Liu, has also undertaken drastic techniques to make a splash in the Metaverse, capitalising on its proven legacy to carve out a niche in the world-wide-web-house.

In April 2020, the China’s Condition Council formally designated info as a factor of output, joining land, labour, cash, and technological innovation. This elevation of details is indicative of a vision for a upcoming financial system whereby data drives advancement. It falls on all those who govern Hong Kong to investigate how knowledge could be harvested to produce foresights as much as it is from other elements or output, but in a secure manner. The enhancement of regulation-technologies (reg-tech) ought to observe fit.

When it comes to strengthening the excellent of existence for all in the metropolis, Hong Kong ought to combine technological know-how and infrastructure to join all those residing within just Hong Kong, and those people in Hong Kong with the relaxation of the world at significant. The recent government’s Smart Metropolis Blueprint 2. focuses on the wider adoption of clever tech as a city-vast challenge – this is a prescient and affordable action. Infrastructurally, Hong Kong has a planet-course airport and the upcoming completion of the Three-runway Method, which is anticipated in 2024, will accommodate 9 million tonnes of cargo annually by 2030, which is a 80 for each cent maximize in contrast to all over 5 million tonnes at present. In addition, the Clever Airport Initiative, which initiated streamlined and speedy managing at the customs, autonomous autos and human-less contacts to minimize public well being dangers, are illustrations of technological and innovation developments that ought to be consolidated and expanded both equally vertically and horizontally.

The recent transfer of possession of AsiaWorld-Expo from the Authorities to the Airport Authority, will empower a better volume of synergy for those trying to get to force forward the formidable SKYCITY and Airport City tasks on the island. At present applied as a therapy facility for COVID people, a put up-COVID recovery approach is effectively placed to capitalise the island to consolidate its foremost position as the global trade and aviation centre. Furthermore, Hong Kong’s rating as a port city has been dropping in modern years amidst fierce competitiveness amongst rivals in East Asia and mainland China. Hong Kong worldwide container ports require to up grade as smarter ports and may choose lessons from, for occasions, Port of Rotterdam, which utilizes a Digital Twin, to deliver insights for serious-time checking of all operations and Port of Hamburg that takes advantage of smart solutions for protection, authentic time navigation, and green electric power from land are carried out into operations.

At the peak of the fifth wave, the crisis pilot to establish momentary bridges close to the Lok Ma Chau Loop to transportation enough products and methods throughout the border to allow the building of far more neighborhood isolation and therapy facilities inside of a shorter period of time was a achievement – the governing administration must try to investigate extra on ensuring the most effective and creating seamless border arrangement with the mainland, to permit provides of necessities, like foods and clinical materials, to be shipped to Hong Kong most effectively and properly.

Submit-COVID, Hong Kong’s 6 major land crossings with mainland China would are entitled to another closer appear in buy to allow quicker and a lot more seamless crossings amongst Hong Kong and the mainland. This sort of reforms need to also ideally echo the 14th 5-Calendar year-System, therefore elevating the logistics community into a pillar position in supporting economic and social enhancement, as well as to enable increased connectivity between Hong Kong and the mainland.

Moreover, with the perfectly-made transportation system in Hong Kong, a lot more work could be performed to hook up the remote areas and islands of Hong Kong. With in excess of 250 islands in Hong Kong and in excess of 170,000 residents in the Island District, the new administration should examine the use of know-how and transportation infrastructure to maximize the connectivity of these remote habitants and to most likely craft a more sustainable tourism tactic, growing the sector’s economic contribution to above the pre-COVID level of five for each cent of Hong Kong’s GDP.

The Sensible City village pilot provides a promising start out, in furnishing WiFi services and appropriate amenities in these remote villages. Still additional function could be finished to make improvements to transport infrastructure – to discover further more incentives to supply bigger frequency of ferries and improve the foundation for sustainable tourism advancement.

Seem, technology is definitely not a panacea to all issues, but it serves as a valuable usually means to link and for our town to regularly prosper as a international, cosmopolitan city. Technological innovation is essential but insufficient for real modernity and intercontinental competitiveness. To achieve legitimate enhancements to high quality of lifetime and our city’s viability at big, a people today-oriented administration and enhancement approach have to be adopted in relation to technologies.

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Brian YS Wong, Neville Lai&#13

Brian YS Wong is the Founding Editor-in-Chief of the Oxford Political Evaluation. Neville Lai is the Vice Curator-elect of International Shapers Local community Hong Kong Hub.


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