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Govt showcases tech solutions

At the second edition of the InnoEX which started today, over 100 technology solutions, including those developed by government departments, are being showcased at the Smart Hong Kong Pavilion set up by the Office of the Government Chief Information Officer (OGCIO).   Through interactive experiences and live demonstrations, the pavilion displays the fruitful achievements in advancing the development of innovation and technology (I&T) and smart city in Hong Kong brought about by the concerted efforts of the Government and various sectors, the OGCIO said.   Financial Secretary Paul Chan and Secretary for Innovation, Technology & Industry Professor Sun Dong visited the pavilion today. They were briefed by Government Chief Information Officer Tony Wong on how the OGCIO promotes the active adoption of I&T among government departments and works in collaboration with the local I&T sector to put forward innovative solutions, with a view to empowering public services wit

Algernon Yau attends WTO sessions

Secretary for Commerce & Economic Development Algernon Yau attended two plenary sessions at the 13th World Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial Conference in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), yesterday.


Speaking at a session on trade and sustainable development, Mr Yau iterated that the multilateral trading system, with the WTO at its centre, is the most important platform for taking forward international efforts on sustainability.


He cited the WTO’s focus on integrating developing economies, especially small and vulnerable ones, into the multilateral trading system as key to improving the well-being of all.


Mr Yau also hailed the Agreement on Fisheries Subsidies for putting environmental sustainability at its core and said that Hong Kong, China looks forward to the agreement’s early entry into force.


On the sidelines of the conference, Mr Yau held bilateral meetings with Saudi Arabian Minister of Commerce Majid bin Abdullah Al Kassabi, UAE Minister of State for Foreign Trade Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, and Panama’s Minister of Commerce & Industries, Jorge Rivera Staff, to exchange views on issues of mutual interest.


The commerce chief also attended an event to mark the finalisation of the Investment Facilitation for Development Agreement.


The agreement enhances transparency and predictability on certain rules and is an important step in promoting investment flows. If successfully integrated into the WTO Agreement, it will be the first plurilateral agreement to be passed since the WTO’s establishment in 1995.

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