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Hong Kong and Finland renew MOU on ICT co-operation

Hong Kong and Finland today (October 28) renewed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on co-operation in information and communications technology (ICT).

The MOU was signed by the Permanent Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development (Communications and Technology), Miss Elizabeth Tse, and the Consul-General of Finland in Hong Kong and Macau, Ms Annikki Arponen.

"Renewal of the MOU signifies continuation of close collaboration between the two governments, particularly in areas such as e-government, cloud computing, wireless technologies and creative industries. The MOU has established a mutually beneficial platform to drive ICT development in both places," Miss Tse said.

She noted that the MOU envisages collaboration not only between the two governments, but also among businesses and academic institutions in Hong Kong and Finland.

Under the renewed MOU, Hong Kong and Finland will continue to seek co-operation and exchanges in the following areas of common interest:

* delivery of government services online;
* multimedia and software applications and products;
* electronic commerce;
* broadband networks and applications;
* Internet applications;
* wireless and mobile applications;
* digital broadcasting;
* cloud computing; and
* IT manpower development.

Collaboration can take various forms, including investment and technology partnerships, commercial and industrial exchanges, facilitating technology development efforts, promoting educational and talent development and exchange of policy and regulatory information.

Hong Kong and Finland first signed an MOU on ICT co-operation in 2000 and renewed it in 2005. Under the auspices of the MOU, mutual visits and exchange programmes were organised between the two places.

Friday, October 28, 2011

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The Permanent Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development (Communications and Technology), Miss Elizabeth Tse (left), and the Consul-General of Finland in Hong Kong and Macau, Ms Annikki Arponen, sign the memorandum of understanding (MOU) on co-operation in information and communications technology today (October 28).


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Miss Tse and Ms Arponen exchange documents after signing the MOU.