Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Gregory So Kam-leung has said that the task of developing creative industries will stay in his CEDB bureau, rather than transitioning to the new Innovation and Technology Bureau (ITB) which will be established on November 20.
“Creative industries are not the same as innovation and technology,” So said, “We have always said that [the development of] creative industries will stay in the Commerce and Economic Development Bureau.”
So added that the task of developing creative industries could move to the ITB in the future: “The different sectors of creative industries could involve technology, or not… We have an open attitude but, in the beginning, we want to give some space to the new bureau.”
The restructured CEDB will be formed by the Commerce, Industry and Tourism Branch and the Communications and Creative Industry Branch.
The latter branch will be responsible for creative industries, which covers advertising, architecture, design, digital entertainment, film, music, publishing and printing, television and more.
The ITB is to be set up by the merging of the Innovation and Technology Commission and the Office of the Government Chief Information Officer – both are currently under the CEDB.
“The new bureau will continue to communicate with stakeholders including the Hong Kong Science Park, Cyberport and Productivity Council to boost co-operation among the government, industry, academia and research sectors.” So said.
So also said that he has heard good things about Hong Kong’s IT industry from people associated with the MIT Hong Kong Innovation Node, which is a branch of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology recently launched in Hong Kong.
“I think Hong Kong people don’t have to look down on ourselves, but look at the opportunities and the great conditions, it will make you unhappy if you are always thinking negatively.”