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Technology and Creative Industries

42.       To facilitate the development of a knowledge-based economy, we should make greater efforts to promote scientific and technological research.  I will invite the University Grants Committee to consider, in conjunction with the Research Grants Council, how best to encourage higher education institutions to conduct more quality research, including that into innovation and technology.  I also intend to relax the restrictions of the Small Entrepreneur Research Assistance Programme and the University-Industry Collaboration Programme under the Innovation and Technology Fund, so as to provide further impetus to the development of applied scientific research.

43.       In order to facilitate public access to the Internet, we will earmark $210 million over the next two years to provide WiFi networks in government venues for free use by our citizens.  WiFi networks will first be installed, within a year, in all public libraries, major cultural and recreational centres, community halls, large parks, and those government offices that are frequently visited by the public.

44.       To promote the economic development of Hong Kong, the business sector must, through innovation and creativity, develop its own designs and brands in order to enhance competitiveness in high value-added industries.

45.       The film industry is a major creative sector.  The Film Development Committee has submitted to the Government a report on the industryî–¸ development strategy.  One of its recommendations is the establishment of a new fund to help finance film production and overcome the shortage of talent.  I have earmarked $300 million for this purpose.  The Secretary for Commerce, Industry and Technology will consult the Film Development Council, which will shortly be established, on the detailed operation of the fund.

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