Chinese government official: Is cloud HK's next advantage?
Cao Guoying, deputy dir-general, liaison office of The Central People's Gov't
For years, Hong Kong has been a world renowned financial and logistics hub. But its neighboring cities are catching up fast.
"A lot of people say Hong Kong has many advantages as a finance hub and a logistics hub. Both are correct. But as you see, a city's long-term development does not solely rely on its present advantages. Will Hong Kong still have these advantages in 10 or 20 years," asked Cao Guoying (pictured), deputy director-general, department of educational, scientific and technological affairs, Liaison Office of The Central People's Government in Hong Kong
Hong Kong's advantage?
"With that many advantages in Inner Mongolia, I then ask myself, 'What is Hong Kong's advantage?'"
-- Cao Guoying, deputy director-general, dept of educational, scientific and technological affairs, Liaison Office of The Central People's Government in Hong Kong
"Many cities in Inner Mongolia are discussing the business opportunities of cloud computing, because they have abundant land, low labor cost and rich energy resources. With that many advantages in Inner Mongolia, I then ask myself, 'What is Hong Kong's advantage?'
"To develop the cloud computing industry in Hong Kong, what should it focus on to create new advantages? I think Hong Kong has an advantage in data processing," said Cao. "The city has very high service standards, a good legal system and the society is mature -- these build a very good foundation for Hong Kong to develop its data processing industry."
He urged Hong Kong to create added-value in the data processing industry in order to secure its position as the regional data processing center, and "this may become the next-generation advantage in Hong Kong."
China's state policy
Aiming to participate in selected China cloud computing projects, the Hong Kong Cloud Standards Alliance was urged to leverage Hong Kong's mature legal framework to provide trust for both local and greater China cloud users.
Law and ethics
"China laws concerning personal data protection and antitrust needs [further] development."
-- Zhao Xiaofan, chairman of China Software Industry Association
"As for standards, the newly drafted 'Personal Data Protection Guidelines for Public and Commercial Service Information Systems' is after all a standard only -- it is not law yet. To a certain degree this creates difficulties and obstacles when implementing cloud computing in China, as some users are puzzled by issues like personal data safety and security. [With the newly set up Hong Kong Cloud Standards Alliance
,] I hope that Hong Kong and Guangzhou can conduct pilot tests in this area," he added.
"The second challenge concerns trust, this is particularly so in a corporate environment. Obviously law has a much higher status than trust, but when you talk about business ethics and regulations, trust is a key element in business activities. We all know that our economy is developing speedily, but the business credibility in Mainland China seems to be showing a downward tendency," said Zhao.
According to Chen, the next step for MIIT's software service department is to strengthen the standardization of important practices such as SOA (service oriented architecture), and to drive the adoption of international standards like ISO/IEC JTC1/SC 38 and SOA.
(Photo courtesy of Alan KY Kan)
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