I&T Seminar cum Signing Ceremony of
Memorandum of Co-operation for E&M InnoPortal
To tie in with the introduction of a pro-innovation government procurement policy in April this year, the Electrical and Mechanical Services Department (EMSD) actively plays the role of “Innovation Facilitator” and strives to promote innovation and technology (I&T) development in Hong Kong. The EMSD also partners with the academia, the trade and other government departments to jointly promote the diversified development of the E&M industry. Organised by the EMSD, the I&T Seminar cum Signing Ceremony of Memorandum of Co-operation (MoC) for E&M InnoPortal was held on 11 June and officiated by the Secretary for Innovation and Technology, Mr. Nicholas Yang. Through the signing of the MoC with five local universities and seven technological research institutions, we have established a strategic partnership and formed an E&M-I&T alliance. At the seminar, we shared with participants our I&T success stories, including the smart fever screening system jointly developed with the Department of Health, the smart prison system developed in partnership with the Correctional Services Department, the pilot trial of the smart parking system for the Transport Department, as well as the smart toilet being tested at the EMSD Headquarters Building. There were also pitching and exhibitions of I&T projects by the MoC signatories and start-ups. The event attracted around 360 guests from 45 client departments, 15 E&M associations and working groups, 11 E&M institutions, as well as from Guangdong and Hong Kong.
Speaking at the signing ceremony, Mr. Yang said that the MoC signed by the EMSD, academia and technological research institutions would definitely help enhance the Government’s ability to innovate. He hoped that government departments and the trade could make full use of the E&M InnoPortal to strengthen public-private collaboration with a view to delivering better public services and driving applied research and development that benefits the local community.
Under the new procurement policy, the E&M InnoPortal can also be used by various government departments as a tool for market survey and for identifying innovative solutions in the market to meet their requirements.
In addition, we will organise the Green I&T Day with the Environment Bureau on 6 August, with the Chief Secretary for Administration, Mr. Matthew Cheung, invited as our officiating guest. Representatives of the Guangdong Provincial Association for Science and Technology, technological research institutions in the Greater Bay Area, as well as Mainland and local experts will also be invited to jointly explore how to use innovative technologies to achieve sustainable development, and share the I&T strategies and development of energy efficiency and renewable energy in the Greater Bay Area. We sincerely invite client departments and members of the trade to participate in the event. Details will be announced in due course.
Photos of the I&T Seminar on 11 June have been uploaded to the website. Please visit: https://bit.ly/31Mpia3