Hong Kong seeks stronger ties with Alberta, Canada, on science, technology

19:53, October 14, 2010      

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Hong Kong and Alberta, Canada Thursday signed a Memorandum of Understanding on science and technology co-operation.

Hong Kong's Commissioner for Innovation and Technology Janet Wong, representing the city's government, and Deputy Premier and Minister of Advanced Education and Technology, Government of the Province Alberta, Doug Horner, signed the memorandum in Hong Kong.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, Wong said the memorandum would promote collaboration for joint research and commercialization that would contribute to the development of science and technology in Hong Kong and Alberta.

Under the memorandum, both sides agree to identify priority areas of technological co-operation and explore co-operative activities in exchanges of personnel, especially scientists and students; joint research and development projects; conferences and seminars to facilitate further exchanges; and exchange of science and technology information and documentation.

The memorandum will be effective for five years. The two governments will explore the feasibility of establishing a joint working group to plan and co-ordinate activities on scientific and technological co-operation.

Wong said that the Alberta Provincial Government has set up an office in the Hong Kong Science Park to encourage Albertan Research and Development companies to establish a presence there to take advantage of the Pearl River Delta as both a market and a manufacturing center.

Source: Xinhua


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