HK gets serious on e-commerce infrastructure

Hongkong Post will lead the push to establish e-commerce infrastructure|while online govt services will be launch by the end of this year.

Hongkong Post will lead the push to establish e-commerce infrastructure, while online govt services will be launch by the end of this year.

HONG KONG, 26 Jul 2000 (Asia Pulse) - The Hong Kong government has pledged to actively develop reliable and secure e-commerce infrastructure, said the Secretary for Information Technology and Broadcasting, Mrs Carrie Yau at the opening of the Chinese University of Hong Kong-Elec & Eltek Technology Centre.

Mrs Yau said that enterprises were facing more and more challenges with the rapid evolution information and communications technologies. "Like it or not, we have to find ways to turn these challenges into opportunities or we may risk lagging behind a trend that will substantially change the face of the entire world, both in business and cultural senses," she said.

The government has already established key public infrastructure, as well as standard certification services through the Hongkong Post, she said, adding that the Electronic Transactions Ordinance had also been enacted in February this year to provide a clear legal framework for the development of e-commerce. Mrs Yau said that the government planned to launch the Electronic Services Delivery scheme by the end of the year, which would provide Government services on-line thereby facilitating and encouraging internet transactions.

It has also entered into collaborative Memorandums of Understanding with Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, Finland, India and Israel as part of efforts to boost development through interaction with economies that have relatively advance e-commerce networks, she said.

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