Hong Kong hosts Smart Vienna
From left: HKBU vice-president Prof Rick Wong; Head of the EU Office Carmen Cano; EUAP Director General Prof Jean-Pierre Cabestan; Secretary for Development Paul Chan; Deputy Mayor and Vice-Governor of Vienna Maria Vassilakou; Chief Secretary Carrie Lam; Austrian Consul General Dr Claudia Reinprecht; Director of Planning Ling Kar-kan; Prof Adrian Bailey; and EUAP Deputy Director Prof Hans Werner Hess.


The European Union Academic Programme Hong Kong on 3 November organised the opening reception of the “City Smart – Development in Europe: Vienna” exhibition.

A series of high level talks on smart urban planning, global climate change and startup ecosystems were held between 2 November and 8 November, with the exhibition lasting until January 2017.

Officiating the opening reception were Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor (林鄭月娥), Professor Hans Werner Hess, Deputy Director of the European Union Academic Programme, Dr Claudia Reinprecht, Consul General of Austria in Hong Kong and Macao, Maria Vassilakou, Deputy Mayor and Vice-Governor of Vienna and Executive City Councillor for Urban Planning, Traffic and Transport, Climate Protection, Energy and Public Participation, as well as Vice-President (Research and Development) of the Hong Kong Baptist University Professor Rick Wong Wai-kwok (黃偉國).

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“No matter how much the city grows, no matter what the future brings, nobody is left behind. In simple terms, Vienna can only be called smart if it satisfies the needs of many different population groups, if it provides high quality of life even for low-income households, if its development is based on consultation, participation and even co-creation, and if innovation and progress in the city have a clear social welfare component,” noted Ms Vassilakou in her opening speech.

“Through the present Hong Kong Vienna Dialogue, we can help render Hong Kong and other European cities greener, healthier and more livable,” said Prof Wong.

Alex Fok

Alex Fok

Alex Fok is a Harbour Times journalist monitoring Hong Kong’s daily political scene and diplomatic updates. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in Economics, Politics and International Studies from University of Warwick and his master’s degree in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is a former committee member of the Warwick-based Hong Kong Public Affairs and Social Service Society (WHKPASS) and was the chief editor of the society’s magazine – PASSTIMES.
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