Wednesday, February 25, 2009

IT-related items requiring special attention in 2009-10

IT-related items specified as "Requiring Special Attention in 2009−10" in the Budget are as follows:

ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT
  • enhance existing and develop new information systems for improved efficiency and transparency
BUILDING DEPARTMENT
  • launch a system for retrieval of building plans and records in the form of electronic images on the internet
CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT
  • Following the recommendations made in the Information Systems Strategy Study completed in 2004, the Department is implementing a number of strategic IT projects to replace the Full Harmonized System, and to set up a department-wide output production system, two department-wide data capturing systems as well as a knowledge management support system, on top of other strategic IT projects which have been completed already.
CIVIL AVIATION DEPARTMENT
  • prepare tender specification for the procurement of replacement of air traffic control systems;
CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT
  • explore the application of advanced technology and other measures for enhancement of daily operation at penal institutions.
CUSTOMS AND EXCISE DEPARTMENT
  • oversee the development and delivery of a Road Cargo System to enable the industry to submit electronic advance cargo information for enhancing the operational efficiency of cargo clearance for road cargoes and facilitating cross-boundary cargo movement
  • safeguard the rights of intellectual property owners and the interests and safety of consumers;
  • strengthen action against piracy and counterfeiting activities by developing more vigorous enforcement strategies and launching more intelligence-based operations;
  • sustain the co-operative alliance with the industries and agencies in detecting retail sale of infringing goods to safeguard Hong Kong as a shopping paradise for genuine brand products;
  • investigate intellectual property rights offences under the scope of organised and serious crimes, and apply to the court for the forfeiture of financial proceeds obtained from such illicit activities;
  • tackle internet piracy and other computer crime problems relating to infringement of intellectual property rights; and
  • launch and participate in publicity programmes to promote public/traders’ awareness of intellectual property rights and consumer protection legislation. With the planned commencement of the newly enacted Trade Descriptions (Amendment) Ordinance 2008 and its eight pieces of subsidiary legislation in March 2009, the Department will mobilise resources to step up its enforcement against false trade descriptions and mis-statements in respect of goods.
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
  • set up an Electronic Health Record (eHR) Management Team to support the Government’s initiative to developan eHR infrastructure for Hong Kong.
DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
  • the regulation of companies, securities, insurance, information technology, electronic transactions, e-commerce, transportation, television broadcasting and telecommunications (including provisions prohibiting anti-competitive practices) as well as proposals for reform
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DEPARTMENT
  • continue to implement voluntary PRS’s and examine possible mandatory PRS options for used electrical and electronic equipment to enhance their recovery and recycling;
FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT
  • plan for the replacement of the existing radio communications system;
FOOD AND ENVIRONMENTAL HYGIENE DEPARTMENT
  • improve the on-line Application Tracking Facility through which licence applicants can monitor the progress of their applications, and enhance publicity to promote wider use of the Facility;
  • contribute to the implementation of electronic submission of liquor licence applications;
COMMERCE AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT BUREAU
  • continue to work with the SME Committee to monitor and review the operation of the SME Funding Schemes;
  • introduce the Import and Export (Electronic Cargo Information) Regulation into the Legislative Council to ensure that the Regulation is passed in good time, thereby allowing the Road Cargo System to be rolled out in 2009–10;
  • oversee the launching of the Road Cargo System, including encouraging the industry to switch to the System as early as possible during the 18-month transitional period;
  • work together with the service providers awarded with the post-2009 GETS contracts to prepare for smooth inception of the new contracts;
  • introduce into the Legislative Council an amendment bill related to the “business end-user copying/distribution offence” in the Copyright (Amendment) Ordinance 2007, and roll out targeted public education programmes before bringing the offence into operation;
  • firm up the Government’s proposals for strengthening copyright protection in the digital environment;
  • continue to oversee efforts to promote respect for intellectual property rights in the business sector, particularly amongst SMEs.
  • continue to oversee the further implementation of digital terrestrial television broadcasting;
  • overseeing the implementation of broadcast-type mobile television services in Hong Kong;
  • planning for public engagement in formulating the policy and arrangements for future public service broadcasting;
  • mapping out feasible improvement proposals and preparing for the second round consultation on the review of the provisions of the COIAO;
  • setting up a dedicated Creative Industry Office to provide more effective support for the creative industries through integration of resources; and
  • continuing to engage the creative industry in respect of Hong Kong’s participation in the Urban Best Practices Area Exhibition of the World Exposition 2010 Shanghai China.
  • continuing to monitor the implementation of the Unsolicited Electronic Messages Ordinance and the Unsolicited Electronic Messages Regulation as well as other non-legislative anti-spamming measures;
  • continuing to monitor the transition to the new regulatory framework for the convergence of fixed and mobile communication services, in particular the withdrawal of the regulatory guidance on fixed-mobile interconnection charge;
  • following up on the outcome of the consultation on the proposed voluntary implementation of fixed-mobile number portability;
  • conducting auction for the release of spectrum for the expansion of the second generation mobile services;
  • continuing the consultancy study on the feasibility of introducing spectrum trading in Hong Kong; and
  • facilitating the deployment and rollout of the BWA services in Hong Kong.
HONG KONG TRADE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL
  • enhance the Hong Kong sourcing platform by launching 24/7 (i.e. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week) online exhibitions;
  • strengthen Hong Kong’s role as a technology trading and marketing platform;
DEVELOPMENT BUREAU
  • oversee the Land Registry’s continued enhancement of the Integrated Registration Information System and preparation of information technology systems to support the implementation of the new title registration system;
EDUCATION BUREAU
  • oversee the development of a new computer system for the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination by HKEAA
FOOD AND HEALTH BUREAU
  • set up a dedicated office to co-ordinate the development of a territory-wide patient-oriented electronic health record system for sharing medical records between health care providers subject to patients’ consent;
INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGY COMMISSION
  • administer the various funding programmes and monitor progress of the funded projects;
  • support the activities of R&D centres with emphasis on technology transfer of funded projects;
  • enhance collaboration on R&D between Hong Kong and Guangdong under the TCFS; and
  • work closely with the ASTRI and the HKJCICM in strengthening their research capabilities and developing and implementing their research projects and transferring technologies to industry for commercialisation.
  • administer the SERAP and oversee the ARF to support technology start-ups;
  • provide value-adding services to companies participating in the SERAP and the ARF;
  • monitor progress of the funded projects; and
  • pursue the exit of ARF projects through fund managers.
  • strengthen technology co-operation with the Mainland through the Mainland/Hong Kong Science and Technology Cooperation Committee, the Pan-PRD Joint Conference on Regional Cooperation in Science and Technology, and the Guangdong/Hong Kong Expert Group on Cooperation in Innovation and Technology, and the Steering Group on Shenzhen/Hong Kong Co-operation in Innovation and Technology;
  • administer the GSP (including Internship Programme) and monitor progress of the funded projects;
  • promote innovation, technology and design culture to the general public and nurture more creative young talents;
  • nominate entries for the State Science and Technology Awards;
  • assist the Ministry of Science and Technology in implementing and monitoring the State Key Laboratory Scheme;
  • organise the ‘Hong Kong Pavilion’ at the China Hi-Tech Fair 2009; and
  • participate in the APEC Industrial Science and Technology Working Group.
Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute Company Limited
  • continue to strengthen its institutional and research capabilities through the development of its ICT R&D Centre;
  • promote and transfer technologies developed from its R&D projects to industry;
  • enhance local high-technology human resources development by recruiting engineering graduates of local universities as fellows under the extended ITF Internship Programme;
  • improve the industrial involvement and contribution on its R&D projects through collaborative projects.
OFFICE OF THE GOVERNMENT CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER
  • continue to monitor and promote the progress in implementing programmes and initiatives in the 2008 Digital 21 Strategy;
  • develop specific performance indicators for measuring progress towards the statements of desired outcomes for the 2008 Digital 21 Strategy;
  • continue to enrich the contents and enhance the design of GovHK and its service clusters, and enhance GovHK to provide more personalised interface (MyGovHK) for services and information to better meet the needs of users;
  • prioritise and implement first wave of features for MyGovHK such as personalised home page, e-bill, e-payment, e-alert, single registration and log-on process, interactive marketing and online form completion;
  • collaborate with the LandsD and various bureaux/departments in the delivery of geo-spatial information to the public through GovHK;
  • continue to provide advice and consultancy to relevant bureaux/departments in the engagement of service providers for the provision of Government Electronic Trading Services for the new term to commence in 2010;
  • continue to advise FHB on the project governance, development and sourcing approach, technical and security issues relating to the development of a territory-wide electronic health record sharing infrastructure in Hong Kong;
  • collaborate with bureaux/departments concerned in implementing the pilot e-procurement programme;
  • commence development of the first wave of electronic information management strategies for participating bureaux/departments;
  • assist bureaux/departments to formulate and implement strategies that make best use of ICT to support their policy goals;
  • complete the implementation of the GovWiFi service;
  • start to plan the next-generation government communications infrastructure;
  • continue to enhance IT security awareness in the Government, review and enhance the government IT security-related regulations, policies and guidelines to keep abreast of the technology advancement and development of international best practices in information security management, and complete the programme of centrally managed security audits for bureaux/departments;
  • commission a channel management study with a view to streamlining service delivery channels and achieving greater customer satisfaction and cost-effectiveness;
  • continue to enhance the government intranet portal, the Central Cyber Government Office, to provide more customer-centric services to government employees;
  • continue to advise and co-ordinate with bureaux/departments concerned in deepening government-to-employee services to government employees, and in the deployment of government-to-government services and common applications on the government intranet;
  • design and implement new processes, tools and governance arrangements for IT-enabled change projects;
  • develop best practice approaches for delivering and assuring business continuity and for IT operations management within the Government;
  • continue to document and adopt best practice approaches and standards of professional expertise to enable the government IT profession to inspire and support bureaux/departments in using ICT to achieve their policy objectives;
  • prepare best practice guides and training programmes for sourcing IT products and services for reference by bureaux/departments; and
  • continue to co-ordinate with the CGC design-and-build project director, contractor, and related bureaux/departments on the establishment of IT infrastructure and communal IT facilities/services to facilitate the provision of a collaborative working environment.
  • commence implementation of the new CERC regime as recommended in the institutional review;
  • monitor the smooth implementation of the new governance arrangements for the HKIRC;
  • continue to take part in the Ideographic Rapporteur Group of the International Organisation for Standardization (ISO) and promote wider adoption of the ISO/International Electrotechnical Commission 10646 as the standard for Chinese character coding in Hong Kong;
  • continue to operate the Voluntary Certification Authority Recognition Scheme;
  • continue to provide advice and support to the HKPCA in managing the public CA services, and complete the review of the arrangements for maintaining a public CA in Hong Kong;
  • promote deployment of digital certificates on easy-to-use universal serial bus (USB) devices for applying digital signatures and enhancing information security within public and private sector organisations;
  • continue to co-organise activities with bureaux/departments, and facilitate professional bodies and the IT industry to enhance the supply of quality IT manpower in Hong Kong;
  • work with professional bodies to develop an overall plan for sponsoring the development of IT professional certification;
  • review competitiveness of Hong Kong as a location for online businesses;
  • collaborate with Guangdong under the Supplement V to the CEPA on the development of a framework for the mutual recognition of electronic signature certificates and plan for the implementation of pilot applications; and
  • embark on a review of the Electronic Transactions Ordinance (Cap. 553).
  • launch a one-year territory-wide campaign to educate Internet users, especially young students, on the safe and healthy use of the Internet;
  • set up a task force on industry facilitation to facilitate the development of the ICT industry in exploring and developing the regional and global markets;
  • facilitate consensus on a brand proposition for the ICT industry and develop a promotion plan;
  • review strategy for supporting ICT collaboration with the Mainland in exploring and developing the regional and global markets;
  • collaborate with the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, Overseas Economic and Trade Offices and Invest Hong Kong in gathering and disseminating market intelligence, promoting trade and attracting inward investment for the IT sector;
  • formulate policy on promoting Hong Kong as a data centre hub;
  • continue to organise the Hong Kong ICT Awards with a view to engaging interested stakeholders to develop widespread and internationally recognised branding of Hong Kong’s achievements in ICT innovations and services;
  • continue to review the pilot scheme for opening up intellectual property in government IT systems for commercial exploitation;
  • continue to assist in promoting the Cyberport as a centre for the IT and digital entertainment industries;
  • continue to facilitate the development of the digital entertainment industry in Hong Kong through supporting industry-led initiatives such as shared facilities, research and development, skills upgrading and marketing;
  • co-operate with Shenzhen under the Shenzhen-Hong Kong Innovation Circle initiative;
  • continue to implement the pilot scheme of DCC to enable children from low income families and other needy local residents to gain access to the rich pool of information/knowledge in the cyber space and conduct suitable electronic transactions;
  • implement other digital inclusion programmes with reference to the strategies and initiatives formulated by the task force on digital inclusion;
  • continue to measure the digital inclusiveness of the disadvantaged groups for gauging the effectiveness of the digital inclusion programmes;
  • conduct an impact study to assist in the formulation of strategies and initiatives to facilitate ICT adoption by SMEs;
  • continue to support surveys to monitor the use of IT in households and businesses;
  • continue to promote information security awareness and education of the general public including SMEs and corporations; and
  • continue to facilitate and promote to the public and businesses on risk assessment and security assurance requirements in handling different electronic transactions.
OFFICES OF THE CHIEF SECRETARY FOR ADMINISTRATION AND THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY
  • study the feasibility and implications of applying electronic records keeping system for managing government records;
TRANSPORT AND HOUSING BUREAU (TRANSPORT BRANCH)
  • continue to work closely with the logistics industry to promote e-logistics
HIGHWAYS DEPARTMENT
  • continue to develop a new computer system to replace the Utility Management System to improve efficiency in excavation permit processing and management
HONG KONG OBSERVATORY
  • install a High Performance Computing System and implement a suite of high resolution mesoscale models for weather prediction;
  • replace the ageing Aerial Radiation Monitoring System
HONG KONG POLICE FORCE
  • enhance the Force’s investigative capability in tackling technology crime and financial investigation
IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT
  • monitor the implementation and system performance of the Application and Investigation Easy System, the Electronic Records Programme and the Data Warehousing Information System;
INLAND REVENUE DEPARTMENT
  • explore the feasibility of expanding the scope of eTAX, such as providing more online services to owners of jointly owned properties and allowing the electronic filing of profits tax returns;
  • develop online services jointly with the Companies Registry to facilitate companies’ application for incorporationand business registration in a one-stop manner
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY DEPARTMENT
  • The migration rate of e-filing has increased steadily over the past few years. During 2009–10, the Department will explore means to facilitate intellectual property (IP) right owners to make use of the Government’s one-stop online services in the protection of IP rights.
  • continue to provide policy, legal and technical advice to the Commerce and Economic Development Bureau in relation to the drafting and enactment of subsidiary legislation under the Copyright (Amendment) Ordinance 2007 and the Copyright Ordinance; and in relation to the formulation of detailed legislative proposals arising from the review of copyright protection in the digital environment;
  • assist WIPO and the Central People’s Government in organising a regional symposium on IP in Hong Kong;
  • support the business community in strengthening their IP protection in the Mainland through the Guangdong/Hong Kong Expert Group on the Protection of IP Rights;
  • disseminate information through the Internet on the IP systems in the Mainland, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and Macao Special Administrative Region;
  • strengthen the out-reaching effort to young people on IP protection through school visits and media such as computer games and comics;
  • organise promotion and education activities specially for SMEs with emphasis placed on using intellectual asset management as a tool for business development in compliance with IP legislation; and
  • continue collaboration with stakeholders to strengthen and publicise the “No Fakes Pledge” Scheme to promote the sale of genuine products.
LANDS DEPARTMENT
  • implement the Replacement of Computerised Land Information System project for maintaining the territory-wide digital map database;
  • implement the Data Alignment Measures project for improvement of the efficiency and effectiveness in data exchange among government departments;
  • develop the Digital Map and Land Record Data Dissemination System for efficient dissemination of digital maps and land record data;
  • provide survey and mapping services for planning, land resumption and clearance, and land disposals in order to make land available for the construction of various new railway projects; and
  • develop, enhance and expand the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Geospatial Information Hub service to facilitate easy access to geospatial information within the Government and to the general public.
LEGAL AID DEPARTMENT
  • monitor the early operation of the Legal Aid Electronic Services Portal and if necessary to effect enhancement or modification of the portal.
LEISURE AND CULTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT
  • complete the project for provision of additional Internet Express Terminals in libraries;
  • closely monitor the project for the replacement of the Library Automation System
OFFICIAL RECEIVER'S OFFICE
  • explore the long-term information technology strategy.
RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG
  • continue to enhance web content with Web 2.0 elements, and develop new online projects for e-Learning Channel, Culture Web and Chinese Civilisation Channel through multimedia and interactive production and co-operation with outside organisations;
  • continue to improve the technical performance of RTHK ON INTERNET for stable access by local and overseas users as well as facilitating personalised use of the content;
  • continue to explore the delivery of RTHK ON INTERNET content to the next generation of multimedia and communications devices;
  • continue to collaborate with Efficiency Unit to develop ‘Youth Portal’, an internet portal delivering government youth services;
  • stress the diversification of learning opportunities through eTVonline and continue to strengthen our ties with schools to host interactive school activities, with the aim of building a learning community of students and teachers in Hong Kong as well as in the Mainland; and
  • launch an educational portal in eTVonline website on national education, in line with the curriculum of the Liberal Studies subject.
RATING AND VALUATION DEPARTMENT
  • review and enhance the computer systems to further improve efficiency and services to the public.
  • review and enhance its Accounting and Billing System to speed up the recovery of arrears and to identify areas for improvement in service delivery.
  • review and enhance its computer systems to enrich the textual and graphic repository of property information, so as to improve the efficiency of data retrieval and transfer among the parties concerned, including government departments and agencies.
SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT
  • proceed with the project of replacing the existing Computerised Social Security System;
STUDENT FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE AGENCY
  • continue to examine the feasibility of implementing an integrated computer system supporting the administration of all the student financial assistance schemes, with a view to improving the operational efficiency and effectiveness of the Agency in the administration and delivery of various student financial assistance schemes.
TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT
  • look into possible advanced technologies to enhance the Department’s incident management capability
WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT
  • continue to review the systems and procedures and the information technology in use to ensure cost-effectiveness in delivering customer services

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