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
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.
More on ZDNetAsia: