[26 January 2017, Hong Kong] Dr Tan Tieniu, Deputy Director of the Central Government’s Liaison Office in the Hong Kong SAR paid a visit to Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI) on Wednesday, 25 January 2017. He learnt about ASTRI’s ‘Five plus One’ technology strategy which consists of Financial Technologies, Intelligent Manufacturing, Next Generation Network and Health Technologies, along with the institute’s role as a Hong Kong branch of the China National Engineering Research Centre. He commended ASTRI’s role as a centre of excellence in driving technological innovation that is benefitting not just Hong Kong and the country, but also the wider region. He pointed out the fact that an institution of ASTRI’s calibre can greatly contribute to driving innovation in science and technology, and add value to the economic and social development of the country, as the nation strives for stronger, more sustainable growth.
“As Hong Kong further matures its economy and its business sectors, the role of science and technology will play a pivotal role in sustaining the SAR’s growth and prosperity,” he commented. His discussion with ASTRI’s R&D experts centred around developing market-ready technological solutions that will not only improve the efficiencies and competitiveness of enterprises, but will also help up-skill the region’s human capital. “ASTRI is well placed to collaborate with both the upstream – i.e. the academic and research institutions – and the downstream – i.e. the businesses – of the technology ecosystem. And therefore, it is essential that ASTRI contributes to the evolution of Hong Kong’s economy into a smarter, more innovative and more value-adding strategic model.”
Dr Tan’s discussion also included topics such as ASTRI’s collaboration with regulatory body like Hong Kong Monetary Authority, and partnerships with leading banks like Bank of China and HSBC in building Hong Kong as a premier FinTech hub. He reflected on Hong Kong’s well-established role as a global financial hub and its strengths in the professional services, logistics and shipping sectors. Hong Kong has a sound ecosystem with good infrastructure, favourable connection with the rest of the world and enormous potentials in FinTech development. He acknowledged the “critical role played by Hong Kong in complementing the nation’s growth and development endeavours while acting as an important link between the country’s Mainland and the rest of the world.”
Dr Tan acknowledged the support from the Central Government as well as the SAR Authorities in promoting Science and Technology in Hong Kong, and recognised the need to strengthen the momentum. He was accompanied by other officials from the Liaison Office’s Department of Educational, Scientific and Technological Affairs. The delegation visited the ASTRI’s Next Generation Network (NGN) R&D facilities, ASTRI Security Lab and the Cyber Range facility. They met ASTRI’s senior executives including Mr Wong Ming-yam, BBS, JP – Chairman; Dr Frank Tong Fuk-kay – Chief Executive Officer, Dr Mei Kei Ieong – Chief Technology Officer; and Heads of different Technology Divisions.
Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute Company Limited (ASTRI) was founded by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in 2000 with the mission of enhancing Hong Kong’s competitiveness in technology-based industries through applied research. ASTRI’s core R&D competences in various areas are organised under seven Technology Divisions, namely Communications Technologies, Electronics Components, Mixed Signal Systems IC, Advanced Digital Systems, Opto-electronics, Security and Data Sciences, and Intelligent Software and Systems. Five areas of applications including financial technologies, intelligent manufacturing, next generation network, health technologies, and smart city are identified for major pursuit. For further information about ASTRI, please visit www.astri.org
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Mr Wong Ming-yam, BBS, JP, Chairman (7th from right), Dr Frank Tong, CEO (6th from left) and Dr Meikei Ieong, CTO of ASTRI (5th from right) extend a very warm welcome to Dr Tan Tieniu (7th from left), Deputy Director of the Central Government’s Liaison Office in the Hong Kong SAR and senior officials from the Liaison Office’s Department of Educational, Scientific and Technological Affairs for visiting ASTRI.
Dr Justin Chuang, Vice President (Next Generation Network) introduces Next Generation Network Laboratory.