The Policy Address and Policy Agenda 2017

Diversified Economy, Better Jobs

 Professional Services (P. 25)

  • Drawing reference from the successful examples of Hong Kong’s construction consultant companies participating in the country’s foreign aid construction projects in Nepal and Cambodia, we will continue to pursue with the Ministry of Commerce for provision of further opportunities for Hong Kong’s consultant companies to take part in more and different types of construction projects, and expansion of their scope of work by allowing them to perform “full-range” Hong Kong-style services from project planning to completion. (DEVB)

 

Construction Industry (P. 28)

  • Seizing the opportunities brought by the Central Government’s Belt and Road Initiative and the development of the GuangdongHong Kong-Macao Bay Area, we will continue to promote the strengths of the construction and related professional services sectors (including good knowledge of international construction standards, extensive experience in the areas of design, project management, infrastructure maintenance, etc.) to provide worldclass professional services to the Bay Area development plan, and to co-operate with the Bay Area cities to jointly open up the infrastructure market of the Belt and Road countries. (DEVB)
  • Continue to collaborate with the Construction Industry Council (CIC) and other key stakeholders to monitor the manpower situation in the construction industry and implement measures to maintain a construction workforce of sufficient strength and quality to meet the industry’s manpower demand in the future. (DEVB)
  • Continue to prepare the Construction Industry Security of Payment Bill for introduction into the Legislative Council in 2018. The new legislation aims to enhance the security of payment in construction-related contracts to improve cash flow of the supply chain in the construction industry. (DEVB)

 

Adopting Innovative Construction Method (P. 29)

  • Promote and lead the adoption of Modular Integrated Construction in the construction industry. By adopting the concept of “factory assembly followed by on-site installation” and the mode of manufacturing, labour intensive processes can be accomplished in off-site prefabrication yard with a view to enhancing productivity and cost-effectiveness. (DEVB) (New Initiative)
  • In addition to adopting Building Information Modelling technology in the design of major government capital works projects scheduled to start in 2018, the Government will collaborate with the CIC to strengthen Building Information Modelling training for relevant professionals and promote the use of the technology in private construction projects. (DEVB)
  • The new Construction Innovation and Technology Application Centre of the CIC will be in operation by the end of this year to provide the latest information on the local and overseas construction technologies with a view to supporting small and medium enterprises for adoption. The centre aims at establishing a global research network to promote interdisciplinary research and application on enhancement of productivity and safety performance in the long run. (DEVB)

 

Enhancing Management Capability for Major Government Works Projects (P. 30)

  • Strengthen the cost control and management of public works projects, enhance constructability, increase productivity, encourage innovation and continue to review and improve the current procurement system to promote fair competition with a view to allowing participation by more contractors. (DEVB)

 

Innovation Technology (P. 34-35)

  • Study the feedback from various sectors on the consultancy report with a view to publishing the Smart City Blueprint for Hong Kong within this year; and inject resources for proceeding immediately with the following projects to lay down an important foundation for smart city development:
    • providing an “eID”, a key digital infrastructure for the development of smart city, for all Hong Kong residents, allowing them to use a single digital identity and authentication to conduct Government and commercial transactions online, which would foster the development of the new economic service model that emphasises direct interface with residents and consumers;
    • launching a pilot Multi-functional Smart Lampposts scheme at selected urban locations. The Smart Lampposts would provide convenient data services and collect various types of real-time city data, help enhance city and traffic management, and would complement Hong Kong’s future infrastructure development for 5G mobile communications technology; and
    • reforming the development technology of e-Government systems and build a big data analytics platform to support the adoption of cloud services and new information technology by government bureaux and departments, thereby enhancing operational efficiency and cyber security. (ITB) (New Initiative)
  • Establish a high-level and cross-bureau Steering Committee on Innovation and Technology, chaired by the Chief Executive, to examine and steer innovation and technology measures and smart city projects, to ensure that innovation and technology development of Hong Kong is driven in a highly efficient manner. (ITB) (New Initiative)

 

Supporting Economic Development (P. 43)

  • Invest in infrastructure development to improve people’s livelihood, promote economic growth, create employment opportunities and enhance the long-term competitiveness of Hong Kong. (DEVB)

 

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Steve Root, Director, The Contracts Group

Based in Hong Kong, The Contracts Group specialises in the provision of expert contractual & commercial consultancy services for the construction industry in China, Asia and worldwide.

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