Left wanting in tech stakes

More than 30 percent of Hong Kong people think the SAR lags behind its Asian counterparts in technology development and want the government to take the initiative to try new tech products, a survey found.

Sum Lok-kei

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

More than 30 percent of Hong Kong people think the SAR lags behind its Asian counterparts in technology development and want the government to take the initiative to try new tech products, a survey found.

When ranking five cities on innovative technology, 36 percent of Hongkongers placed Hong Kong behind Taipei, Shenzhen, Seoul and Singapore. Only 4 percent put Hong Kong in the top position while 27 percent said they didn't know.

The Sharing Economy Alliance hired HKUPOP last month to design and run an online survey to gather local people's views on innovative technology development while measuring their satisfaction with the Innovative and Technology Bureau.

Some 636 adults responded to the questionnaires sent via e-mails. Nearly half said the bureau had failed to provide sufficient resources to the tech industry, while 61 percent said they were dissatisfied with the bureau's work in coordinating government bodies to formulate research and development policies. Pollster Frank Lee Wai-kin said over 90 percent of respondents wanted the government to take the lead in trying new tech products. A similar amount called for a review of "outdated" legislation and amendment of laws based on the public's demand for innovative technology.