Following is a speech by the Acting Secretary for Information Technology and Broadcasting, Ms Eva Cheng, at the Opening Ceremony of the Hong Kong Information Infrastructure Expo and Conference today (March 7):
Mr Sze, Mr Wong, heads of overseas delegations, ladies and gentlemen,
I am most honoured to officiate at the Opening Ceremony of the Hong Kong Information Infrastructure (HKII)Expo and Conference 2002 today. I also warmly welcome our overseas guests who have come all the way from different parts of the world to this Asia's world city and participate in this important event.
Since its inauguration in 1998, the HKII Expo and Conference has grown into one of the major IT and telecommunications events in Asia. Despite the consolidation of the TMT sector, the number of exhibitors has grown from last year's 270 to some 350 this year. I congratulate the organisers and participants for their efforts in setting a new record. Not any easy task. It certainly reflects our position as a leading digital city and the IT and telecommunications hub for the region. Our exhibitors come from different areas, including Asia, North America, Europe and the Middle East. Their products and services will be showcased to over 80,000 visitors, including 11 trade delegations from many countries. I understand that the Canadian delegation alone comprises some 90 members! We also have delegations from nine cities of Mainland China with over 200 delegates in total.
Those who wish to be updated on key areas including e-Government and Infrastructure, e-Finance, and Home-grown Technologies will not be disappointed. The Expo is organised into such different theme zones this year. To reflect the latest trends in Hong Kong and the region, we have introduced new theme areas like the Online Games Zone, the e-Logistics Pavilion, and the Telecom and Wireless Zone that features the latest 3G and mobile applications. Of course we also have the National Pavilions which showcase IT and telecommunications innovations of our overseas business partners. I am sure you will find the right products, services or partners that meet your business needs.
A unique element this year is the IT clinic that features local industry service providers giving free consultancy services for small and medium enterprises in e-business. I strongly urge our SMEs to make good use of this free diagnosis service offered by experts of the local industry. Opportunities offered by the world of e-business are enormous.
The other part of the event, the Conference Programme, is equally, if not more exciting. China's IT industry, 3G mobile communications, wireless technologies, e-logistics, Internet security - all the important subjects for industry participants to exchange views, share market information, learn about international best practices, and explore trade-matching activities.
Finally, let me thank once again all those who have worked hard to make this event a success. In particular, I congratulate the Hong Kong Trade Development Council for a great job they have done in organising this Expo. Thank you.
End/Thursday, March 7, 2002