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FS paves way to green, digital future

A number of initiatives and measures aimed at accelerating high-quality development were announced in today’s 2024-25 Budget, with the Government emphasising a move towards a green future and digitalisation.   Explaining that high-quality development spurs ongoing economic innovation and growth whilst conserving the natural environment, Financial Secretary Paul Chan said Hong Kong must pursue opportunities through leveraging its advantages under “one country, two systems”, namely those of enjoying strong support at a national level and being closely connected to other parts of the world.   He stressed that green development involves huge business opportunities and financing needs, as governments and businesses around the world pursue carbon neutrality and green transformation. In addition, he said digitalisation has become a new driving force for economic development, empowering enterprises to enhance efficiency, boost their competitiveness and achieve new growth.   Introdu

CE visits Polytechnic University

Chief Executive Carrie Lam visited Polytechnic University today to learn about its scientific research and meet the senior management to understand the university’s latest developments.   She toured the Precision Robotics Laboratory of the Research Centre for Deep Space Explorations and the University Research Facility in Materials Characterization & Device Fabrication, where she was briefed on the university’s research and applications in aerospace technology and advanced materials.   The university and the China Academy of Space Technology jointly manufactured various advanced space instruments that were adopted in the nation’s lunar and Mars exploration missions.   “The university’s cross-discipline scientific research team has distinguished deep space exploration capability and possesses practical experience in international space missions, contributing to the nation’s aerospace development with encouraging achievements,” she noted.   Mrs Lam then visited the Clean Room which supports the development of products like COVID-19 antibody biosensors, health monitoring devices, soft robotics, on-skin electronics and neuromorphic vision sensors using microfabrication tools for advanced device innovation.   With Hong Kong’s innovative and technological capabilities fully recognised by the central authorities in recent years, Mrs Lam hoped the university will continue to pursue excellence and encourage more young people to join in research and development field.   She also anticipated that coupling with the massive resources allocated by the Government, the university will play a role in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area’s development as an international innovation and technology hub and make more contributions to the nation’s space projects.
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