More than half the Government's computer systems have been cleared of the millennium bug problem, according to Secretary for Information Technology and Broadcasting Kwong Ki-chi. Speaking at a reception last night, he expressed confidence in resolving the problem next year. Mr Kwong said the Government had established a high-level inter-departmental steering committee, chaired by him and with members being drawn from relevant policy bureaus and departments. It requires that reports be submitted on the progress of the solving of the problem once every quarter. 'We are now working on the remainder and expect to achieve compliance well within 1999,' he said. As part of the Government's three-pronged approach, Mr Kwong said it was also liaising with non-government organisations to ensure they would eliminate the millennium bug problem in time. Over 90 per cent of the banking institutions and 70 per cent of the insurers were expected to solve the problem before the end of this year, he said. Mr Kwong said publicity programmes would be launched to promote community awareness, but the problem would be left to the business sector to solve. 'We will be appealing to professional organisations to enlist their support in encouraging their clients to pay serious attention to the problem and accord top priority to its resolution,' he said.