Welcome Message from Mr Victor LAM, JP
Chairman of Steering Committee, Hong Kong ICT Awards 2021
Government Chief Information Officer
The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
I wish to extend my heartfelt congratulations to all the winners on their achievements at the Hong Kong Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Awards 2021!
The Awards aims to recognise and commend the remarkable achievements and contributions of Hong Kong’s ICT industry elites. At the same time, it encourages local industry leaders to focus on using innovation and technology (I&T) to develop innovative solutions with economic and social benefits for improving citizens’ quality of life, promoting the development of the ICT industry, and ultimately enhancing the overall competitiveness of Hong Kong. After years of hard work, the Awards has become a widely recognised ICT professional award both locally and globally. Winners of the past editions have been highly acknowledged in many international ICT competitions. Their achievements and Hong Kong’s high I&T standards are well recognised.
This year, the Awards attracted overwhelming response with 2 160 submissions which, once again, broke the past records. The response was indeed encouraging. In view of the COVID-19 pandemic, the adjudications and the award presentation ceremony last year were, for the first time ever, held online in virtual mode. This year, with the Government’s proactive implementation of various anti-epidemic measures, and the concerted efforts of all sectors of the community in the fight against the pandemic, Hong Kong has made good progress in epidemic control. We are pleased that this year’s award presentation ceremony can be held physically again, giving us the opportunity to witness the notable work and accomplishments of all the winners and share their joy.
I&T plays a pivotal role in driving Hong Kong’s socio-economic recovery from the pandemic. It is also an important engine for building a “Smart Hong Kong” that is world-renowned, economically prosperous coupled with a high-quality of living. The current-term Government has made unprecedented strides to promote I&T development by investing more than $130 billion over the past four years. The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region will fully support the National 14th Five-Year Plan and develop I&T with a brand new mindset at full steam. In this year’s Policy Address, the Chief Executive proposed a number of forward-looking I&T initiatives, including consolidating the areas around Lok Ma Chau/San Tin to form the San Tin Technopole and setting up an InnoLife Healthtech Hub in the Hong Kong-Shenzhen Innovation and Technology Park. These initiatives will not only unleash the advantages of Hong Kong to actively participate in the development of the Greater Bay Area into an international I&T hub, but also serve the needs of the country by integrating into the country’s “dual circulation” development pattern. A comprehensive I&T ecosystem will be created, making I&T a new impetus to the economy and leading to a broad runway for local I&T development to take off.
I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude once again to all members of the Steering Committee, the Grand Judging Panel and the Standards Assurance Sub-Committee, Leading Organisers and all the judges for their selfless dedication and commitment to the success of the “Hong Kong ICT Awards 2021”, which has called heavily upon their time and energy. Thank you.