Information society In Hong Kong and Other Asian ‘Tiger’ Economies

For Hong Kong, an island-economy dependent upon its competitiveness as a world financial and trading centre, and as an entrepot to China, the challenge of information technologies is particularly intriguing.

Information society In Hong Kong and Other Asian ‘Tiger’ Economies

The intriguing challenge for Hong Kong is how it develops the use of middle range information technologies, such as information services, inter-active consumer services, and perhaps most important of all, business applications of these technologies – for instance, the design of software such as speech-recognition and language-translation applications, the manufacture of components such as terminals for mobile data or Internet roaming, or the marketing of transactions technologies. Hong Kong shares with Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan the need to develop both a production and usage capability in this intermediate range of information technologies, as a way to accomplish the transition to a higher level of value-added production in its manufacturing and service industries.

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