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It is a pleasure to be here with you today, especially after an accident that has reminded me of the importance of staying vigilant even in relatively peaceful times. Continuously enhancing competitiveness despite good business is also a theme I wish to harp on in today's speech.   Some of you may recall that I last spoke to you in November 2018. That was into the second year of my tenure, witnessing the celebration of the 40th anniversary of our nation's reform and opening up, and the consecutive opening of two major pieces of cross-boundary transport infrastructure - the Hong Kong section of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link and the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge. All seemed bright and well. And then we all have some frightening memories of what Hong Kong had gone through in the following two years. Few would disagree that it has been a very challenging period for Hong Kong, particularly with the riots in the latter half of 2019 during which some banks were

R&D funding scheme opens

The Innovation & Technology Commission is inviting applications for the 2021 Guangdong-Hong Kong Technology Cooperation Funding Scheme until November 19.   There are three project categories under the scheme.   The first category covers projects funded by the Innovation & Technology Fund, while the second involves those funded by relevant Mainland authorities.   The third category refers to projects jointly funded by the governments of Guangdong and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region or the governments of Shenzhen and the Hong Kong SAR.   The commission noted that there are 35 specific themes or topics in different technology areas under the third category this year.   Such areas align with the latest technology trends and industry needs of the two places and will encourage more diversified and quality research and development (R&D) projects for promoting economic development in the Greater Pearl River Delta region, it added.   Launched in 2004, the scheme provides funding for applied R&D projects in Guangdong and Hong Kong. Shenzhen joined the scheme in 2005.   Call 3655 5678 or send an email to the fund's secretariat for enquiries.
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