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PSCT and CIT to visit Beijing

The Permanent Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development (Communications and Technology), Miss Elizabeth Tse, and the Commissioner for Innovation and Technology, Miss Janet Wong, will lead a Hong Kong science and technology delegation to Beijing from today (April 12) to April 15 to promote co-operation between the Mainland and Hong Kong in innovation and technology.

During their stay in Beijing, Miss Tse and Miss Wong will meet the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) to discuss Mainland/Hong Kong collaboration in science and technology under the National 12th Five-Year Plan, as well as the Partner State Key Laboratory (SKL) Programme.

The 12th Five-Year Plan, which was promulgated in mid-March, affirms the Central Government's support for Hong Kong's development in innovation and technology. Strengthening co-operation in science and technology between Hong Kong and the Mainland is fully in line with the Plan's spirit.

The SKL Programme was launched in 1984. All laboratories approved under the programme possess high quality researchers and offer excellent facilities for technological research. At present, there are 12 Partner SKLs in Hong Kong. The delegation will explore with MOST on further room for mutual collaboration between laboratories in the two places.

The Hong Kong delegation will also take the opportunity to visit SKLs in Beijing and the Zhongguancun National Innovation Demonstration Zone on April 14 and 15.

The Hong Kong delegation includes representatives from the Innovation and Technology Commission, key figures from the industry and academic and research institutes in Hong Kong, including president/representatives of Hong Kong universities, directors/representatives of Partner SKLs in Hong Kong, and responsible persons of the Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation, the Hong Kong Productivity Council, the Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute, the Nano and Advanced Materials Institute Limited, and the Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel and technology enterprises in Hong Kong.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011