HK's creative industries need public input
I welcome the views shared by the various commentators who contributed to the article by Vivienne Chow ('Creative commitment', May 4). It is important that we have full public involvement in the development of our creative economy.
I cannot agree more with the comment that it is of paramount importance to understand the ecology of the creative industries in order to implement effective measures to promote the industries. In coming up with the development strategy for CreateHK, the dedicated office to be set up to promote the development of the creative industries, the government has been trying to involve a wide range of people from different creative industries sectors. We have had tremendous feedback.
This is the start of an ongoing dialogue between government and the industries. With CreateHK, a close relationship can be developed. One of the keys to establishing a proper dialogue between government and people in the creative industries will be the head of the new unit. We will conduct an open recruitment exercise for the position with a view to attracting candidates who have expertise in the creative industries.
On the point regarding the need for effective policy co-ordination to foster the development of the creative industries, CreateHK will be tasked to ensure effective co-ordination between different parties within the government in addition to providing a one-stop support service for the industries.
CreateHK will not work in isolation. It will work with different government bureaus including the Home Affairs Bureau and Education Bureau to ensure that policies on culture, education and creative industries and others are compatible and indeed complement each other.
I note the comment on the development of the West Kowloon Cultural District. This is, of course, an important project for the cultural sector in Hong Kong. I would also say that this applies equally to the creative industries. I am sure this project will serve as a focus for the development of complementary business opportunities in the creative industries. Of course CreateHK will have to consider the interface between this project and the wider creative industries.
I wholeheartedly agree that Hong Kong has a strong private creative sector that has already contributed to our competitive edge.
The government has for some time been supporting local creative industries both here and outside Hong Kong. We will keep up our efforts and work to expand the markets outside Hong Kong for the local creative industries to explore.
I am excited by the potential that CreateHK can bring by focusing government efforts to support this important sector. However, it is absolutely essential that the community as a whole is behind this initiative. I want to encourage all those who have an interest to support CreateHK, talk to CreateHK and work with CreateHK as we move ahead.
Duncan Pescod, Permanent Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development (Communications and Technology)
Issues still unresolved
The government is promoting the use of electric vehicles in Hong Kong.
Secretary for the Environment Edward Yau Tang-wah met representatives of Japanese car manufacturers to discuss the issue.
It would appear they will bring many benefits to the environment, such as improving roadside air quality, because electric cars have no emissions.
Nevertheless, electricity is generated by burning coal. The growing demand for electricity if more people purchase and drive these vehicles will lead to more emissions of carbon dioxide from our power stations and the increase in emissions will damage the environment.
In this city we will also have to work out how these vehicles are to be charged.
I think we still have a long way to go and a lot of issues to resolve before we can have electric vehicles in Hong Kong.
Lee Pui-man, Sha Tin
Ark should not be off-limits
My family and friends who live in Ma Wan have been looking forward, with much anticipation, to visiting the Noah's Ark theme park, a part of the Ma Wan Park, following its completion late last year.
Organised groups have visited Noah's Ark since January, but they appear to have been mainly from certain religious organisations.
Local residents still have not been invited, which means that our legitimate expectations have been overlooked.
I hope that the park advisory committee and its chairman will issue an invitation to Ma Wan residents in the near future.
K. Y. Tan, Ma Wan
Eco-friendly and resilient
I would concur with the view of Lenny Harris from Florida that the Trade Development Council has made mistakes with the extension to the Convention and Exhibition Centre ('TDC turning convention centre into a bigger white elephant', May 4).
However, the reason for the lack of aches and pains when walking for hours at the AsiaWorld-Expo is not due to the use of carpets but because of the special resilient floor system which the AsiaWorld-Expo operators wisely installed.
This is a system specially used throughout Europe for exhibition halls which alleviates the stress from walking for long periods and provides a very flat floor.
The system is considerably cheaper and far more environmentally friendly than a hard-tiled floor and, as Mr Harris' unsolicited comments attest, is very effective.
It was offered to the contractors of the TDC extension on a number of occasions but they did not respond.
David Bowden-Brown, Tai Po
Citizens must be consulted
It is obvious that Hong Kong's town planning policies could be better.
There are a number of urban renewal projects on the drawing board.
The best way to find out what affected citizens think about them is to organise a survey and find out their views.
I accept that urban renewal projects are essential. They give us an opportunity to develop an area and provide it with all the necessities, such as restaurants, supermarkets, wet markets and shopping malls.
A number of issues must always be considered, including the possible polluting effects of any project. For example, the authorities must ensure that when buildings go up, there is sufficient air circulation so that air quality does not deteriorate.
The government should set up a group with each urban renewal project that will monitor how it is progressing.
Cherry Poon Cheuk-ying, Kwai Ching
Bad habits put us all at risk
Even after the fear created by severe acute respiratory syndrome, I have witnessed rubbish being thrown on the ground rather than put into a bin and old men not using tissues.
Before the present threat of swine flu, cleanliness was being totally disregarded since the law was not enforced properly.
Some people continue to spit but nobody prosecutes them.
We need to hit these people where it hurts most, in their pockets, by fining them a substantial amount, before their selfishness wipes us all out.
Joan Miyaoka, Sha Tin