2020年02月28日
香港工程師學會 對《二零二零至二一財政年度政府財政預算案》之回應 The Hong Kong Institution of Engineers Response to the 2020-21 Budget

(香港,二零二零年二月二十八日) 就財政司司長於二月二十六日發表的《二零二零至二一財政年度政府財政預算案》(下稱「財政預算案」),香港工程師學會 (下稱「學會」) 有以下意見:

 

學會認同政府以「撐企業、保就業、振經濟、紓民困」為財政預算案的重點。我們認同應制定緊急方案以紓解當前市民所面對的困難,而同時亦應繼續發展經濟及以智慧科技建設香港。

 

於當前情況下,學會歡迎加強醫療系統及加快改善醫院設施的措施。就中期而言,我們期望政府加快發展智能醫院醫療服務及設施管理系統,以支援更高效服務及為相關服務人員提供智能醫療培訓。我們希望政府及相關部門在疫情過後,全面檢視及研究改善現有醫院及診所在防範及應對傳染病的能力,同時增建傳染病院,以保障市民大眾安全健康。

在香港面對的土地和房屋問題上,學會同意政府加快發展新發展區項目及改劃具房屋發展潛力的用地。對於推展首批棕地群集和三個寮屋區的技術研究和公營房屋的可行性研究,學會表示歡迎。我們支持政府繼續發展過渡性房屋,同時建議為社區組織提供協助,以鼓勵採用預製組合屋的建築技術。

 

學會敦促政府確保明日大嶼願景儘早落實,並建議採用相應技術把對環境影響、建造成本和時間減至最低,同時亦應在基礎建設,尤其是運輸基建,投放足夠資源。從長遠來說,我們認同持續進行基礎建設,並且樂見政府規劃相應的投資。

 

為支持香港應對當前和未來的經濟挑戰,學會建議加強香港及周邊地區在技術研發方面的合作,這對香港經濟的長期發展相當重要。我們期望港深創新及科技園和類似的企業發展得以加快落實。

 

學會歡迎政府推出再工業化資助計劃鼓勵在港設立智能生產線,以及支持香港科技園公司發展現代化生產製造設施。我們建議政府為再工業化制定路線圖,並為落實方案預留充足資金。

 

在人才培訓方面,學會同意將香港繼續發展為科技研發中心。我們歡迎政府建議,將所有進行研發的技術公司涵蓋在博士專才庫及研究員計劃中。我們同時建議加強鼓勵創科人員把研究成果投入市場。至於建造業從業員和工人培訓,學會歡迎政府提供補助和津貼以減輕他們的負擔,並建議長期提供資助以提升建造業界採用新技術的能力和加強從業員的相關知識和技術。

 

學會支持政府提供補貼,為本地大學STEM (科學、技術、工程和數學) 課程的本科生及研究生安排短期實習。學會建議政府增加及常規化對中小學的資助,以促進全方位STEM教育的推行。

 

在環境方面,學會歡迎政府成立低碳綠色科研基金,支持減碳技術和綠色科技的發展。就長遠而言,我們亦歡迎政府有關電動交通工具的倡議,以及首份電動車普及化的路線圖的制定。學會建議應就著該路線圖確立可行的分階段目標,並為電動車車主提供稅務寛減及為電動車相關行業提供支援。另外,我們建議政府同時考慮提升城市的易行性。

 

學會樂意向當局提供專業意見,為解決香港當前問題及長遠發展共謀計策。


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(28 February 2020, Hong Kong) With regard to the 2020-21 Budget Speech delivered by the Financial Secretary on 26 February 2020, The Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE) holds the following views:

 

The HKIE agrees with the four major focuses of the Budget on supporting enterprises, safeguarding jobs, stimulating the economy, and relieving people’s burden. We agree that immediate relief measures should be provided to address people’s urgent needs, while in the long run Hong Kong should continue to develop our economy and modernise our city with smart technologies.

 

Under the current situation, the laid-down measures for strengthening the healthcare system, and accelerating and enhancing development of hospital facilities are welcomed. In a medium-term, we would hope to see the early development of smart healthcare services and management systems, in order to enhance service efficiency and provide training for smart healthcare manpower. We also hope that after the epidemic the Administration and relevant departments will thoroughly review and study the measures to improve the capability of existing hospitals and clinics in preventing and treating infectious diseases, and consider building additional infectious disease hospitals to safeguard public safety and health.

 

With regard to the land and housing issues facing Hong Kong, the HKIE agrees to the approach of speeding up the development of new development areas and rezone sites. We welcome the commencement of technical studies on the first batch of shortlisted brownfield clusters and three urban squatter areas, and the examination of the suitability of public housing development sites. For transitional housing, it is suggested that more assistance be provided to community organisations for exploring the use of modular construction technologies for housing units.

 

Regarding the Lantau Tomorrow Vision, the HKIE urges the Administration to ensure its early implementation and suggests adopting corresponding technologies to minimise environmental impact, construction cost and time. In addition, substantial investment in infrastructural facilities, especially transport infrastructure, would be required. We agree that in the long term the momentum in infrastructure investment should continue and are pleased to see the Administration’s continued investment in infrastructure projects.

 

To overcome the current and future economic challenges facing Hong Kong, it is suggested that more initiatives for cooperation in research and development (R&D) between Hong Kong and surrounding regions would be important for the long-term development. The implementation of Hong Kong-Shenzhen Innovation and Technology Park and similar ventures in other areas are called for.

 

We welcome the launch of the Re-industrialisation Funding Scheme that would support the establishment of smart production lines in Hong Kong and the funding to Hong Kong Science and Technology Park Corporation for the development of modern manufacturing facilities. The HKIE suggests the Administration considering a roadmap for re-industrialisation and reserving sufficient funding for its implementation.

 

In nurturing talents, the HKIE agrees to the initiative of continuing to develop Hong Kong as an R&D hub. We welcome the proposal to cover all technology companies conducting R&D in the Researcher Programme and Postdoctoral Hub, and we also suggest placing more focus on encouraging entrepreneurship in commercialisation of R&D outcomes. As for trainings for practitioners and workers of the construction industry, we welcome the measure of providing subsidies and allowances to relieve their plight, and suggest placing regular funding to enhance the capacity for adopting new technologies by the industry and enhancing knowledge and techniques of practitioners.

 

The HKIE supports providing subsidies for encouraging short-term internships for undergraduate and postgraduates in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) programmes, and suggests enhanced and regular funding be provided to secondary and primary schools to promote STEM education.

 

On the environment front, the HKIE welcomes the setting up of Green Tech Fund to support the development of decarbonisation and green technologies, and suggests more measures be given to the local recycling industries in the long term. We also welcome the initiatives for electric transportation and the formulation of the first roadmap on the popularisation of electric vehicles (EV). We suggest that the roadmap should set out high but reachable targets in phases, and supplement with the necessary support, such as tax allowances to EV owners and funding support to practitioners in EV-related industries. It is also recommended that the Administration improve the overall walkability in the city.

 

The HKIE is willing to provide our expertise and work with the Administration for devising measures to address the current problems and plan for the future development.

 

For media enquiries, please contact:

 

The Hong Kong Institution of Engineers
Corporate Communications Section
Tel: 2895 4446
Fax: 2882 6825
Email: corpcom@hkie.org.hk

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