香港工程師學會 《二零一九年施政報告》之回應 The Hong Kong Institution of Engineers Response to the Chief Executive’s 2019 Policy Address

(香港,二零一九年十月二十二日) 就行政長官於十月十六日發表的《二零一九年施政報告》(下稱「施政報告」),香港工程師學會 (下稱「學會」) 有以下意見:













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(22 October 2019, Hong Kong) With regard to the 2019 Policy Address delivered by the Chief Executive on 16 October 2019, The Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE) holds the following views:


The HKIE welcomes the new initiatives and measures as proposed in the Policy Address, particularly in areas of housing and land supply, a diversified economy, the development of a liveable city, and nurturing talents, and is pleased to note that the Administrative has adopted some of our earlier proposals in the strategic plan.


The HKIE agrees to the Administration’s response to actively improve people’s livelihood with an emphasis on land and housing issues, which are of the greatest concern to our society. We welcome the establishment of a platform for professionals and young people to take part in the development of various reclamation projects under the Lantau Tomorrow Vision and to explore ways to respond to the housing needs of Hong Kong citizens with the housing development plans on the artificial islands, and we suggest the Administration accelerate the respective feasibility studies. We support invoking the Lands Resumption Ordinance to resume private land that satisfies specific criteria for developing public housing, Starter Homes and related infrastructure, and suggest accelerating the selection of brownfield sites with potential for development and establishing a time frame for the development. The HKIE is also pleased to note the plan to increase the number of transitional housing projects, and suggests that the Task Force on Transitional Housing supports community organisations in resolving technical requirements and the procurement of modular housing units. The HKIE also suggests the Administration formulate a long-term plan for developing rock caverns and underground spaces.


We support the Administration’s injection to the Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development Fund, which will further promote social innovation and emerging technologies. The HKIE expects further extension of the scope of the Technology Voucher Programme to cover emerging technologies. As for the development of the engineering and construction industry, the Administration is recommended to take lead in promoting new technologies, such as Building Information Modelling (BIM) and Internet of Things (IoT) that would enhance the effectiveness of managing engineering projects. It is also suggested that large public works projects be split up into different smaller contracts to encourage the participation of contractors of different scales.


On the development of a liveable city, the HKIE is pleased to see the implementation of renewable energy projects. We support the preparation of the pilot scheme for the promotion of installing electric vehicle charging-enable infrastructure and expect the concerns for disposal of electric vehicle batteries to be addressed. While supporting the review of the policy of facilitating the provision of pedestrian links by the private sector, the HKIE suggests exploring measures to improve walkability and connectivity between major public transport nodes. As for the proposed railway projects, it is suggested that the implementation should be accelerated to enhance the existing transportation system.


The HKIE welcomes the increase in funding to strengthen the research capacity of the post-secondary education sector and nurture more home-grown academics and talents, and particularly looks forward to the Administration putting more resources into cultivating engineering specialists. In order to tackle the issue of the engineering industry’s ageing workforce, the HKIE suggests the Administration provide funds and other necessary support to help self-financing post-secondary education institutions to set up workshops and laboratories for engineering- and technology-related subjects. Sufficient resources will also be required to better promote vocational education and skills-based professions as alternative career pathways.


The Institution endeavours to provide our professional views and support with our expertise to the Administration to proceed and build a better Hong Kong together.

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