Encrypted e-mails to aid cross-border crime fight Police forces in Hong Kong, Guangdong and Macau will use encrypted e-mails to exchange intelligence to fight cross-border crimes. Hong Kong's Commissioner of Police Tang King-shing said encrypted e-mails would form the basis of a platform for the three sides to develop intelligence exchanges. They agreed in April last year to set up a shared platform on the internet to fight cross-border crimes. Speaking before signing the memorandum in Guangzhou, the commissioner said the joint operation would not violate personal privacy. DAB begins delta visit to boost co-operation The Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong has begun a five-day visit to 13 cities in the Pearl River Delta region to improve co-operation between them and Hong Kong. Starting the five-day trip yesterday, the party met Guangdong Governor Huang Huahua, who urged continued investments by Hongkongers in the province. Mr Huang will visit Hong Kong next week to attend the 12th conference between the Hong Kong and Guangdong governments on cross-border co-operation. Expanded innovation scheme lures applicants The government has received nearly 500 applications in the first two rounds of its expanded Innovation and Technology Support Programme this year. The programme, which provides funding to universities and research institutes for innovative projects, will seek project proposals for the third round before the end of the year. The Commerce and Economic Development Bureau said it would also extend the government's research and development centres to 2014 after the legislature's financial commitment of HK$369 million. The centres will expand the scope of their research projects and enhance the commercialisation of research results in coming years. Islamic finance on agenda Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury Chan Ka-keung will discuss the development of Islamic finance in Hong Kong when he meets senior Malaysian financial officials today. Speaking at the special ministerial session of the World Capital Markets Symposium in Kuala Lumpur yesterday, he said any changes would facilitate market development.