Encouraging Diversified Development

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 08 January, 2003, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 08 January, 2003, 12:00am

18. The vitality of our economy owes much to the numerous small and medium enterprises which employ many workers. The Special Administrative Region Government (SARG) will give them strong support. Traditional industries and the local community economy play a unique role in the restructuring of our economy, by offering a wider variety of jobs. We will actively complement their development.

Opening up New Horizons

19. Creative industries are important elements of a knowledge-based economy. The knowledge and wisdom of Hong Kong people, their innovative entrepreneurial spirit and agility combine to form a sound foundation. In addition to strengthening our pillar industries, we will seek to inject a new dimension and vigour into our economy by actively promoting creative industries. They are the synergy of artistic creativity and product development, involving specialities such as the performing arts, film and television, publishing, art and antique markets, music, architecture, advertising, digital entertainment, computer software development, animation production, fashion and product design. These individual industries and professions are already well-established and have considerable potential for growth. The Secretary for Home Affairs, the Secretary for Commerce, Industry and Technology, and relevant bureaux and departments will work together to devise a concrete plan and create the necessary favourable environment to promote and facilitate the development of these creative industries.