Mr. Stephen Mak
Former Government Chief Information Officer
HKSAR Government

IT has changed the world. You can now meet anyone on the planet face to face using a smart phone. You will no longer lose your way with an intelligent map. You can learn, shop and bank online. Indeed, the digital revolution has fundamentally changed the way people behave, communicate, play and work. IT has forged new ways to create knowledge, educate people, disseminate information and perform business transactions.

IT is pivotal to the transition to a knowledge-based economy and provides the impetus to economic growth and development. The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region has the conviction that all sectors of the community are entitled to benefit from the advancement of science and technology, and in particular IT, which plays a key role in enhancing the quality of life of the people in Hong Kong. Government's policy on IT under the Digital 21 Strategy is to take full advantage of the extensive use of IT to improve the efficiency, quality of public service and cost-effectiveness of Government bureaux/departments, and to enable citizens and businesses to realise the full potential of an information society.

The Office of Government Chief Information Officer (OGCIO) provides leadership for the development of IT within and outside the Government.

The OGCIO facilitates the Government in providing the public with information and services they need in an efficient and convenient manner by using IT effectively. We support the development of community-wide IT infrastructure and setting of technical and professional standards so as to strengthen Hong Kong's position as a world digital city. We collaborate with academic institutions, industry support organisations and trade associations to support the IT industry, including exploration of business opportunities locally, in the Mainland and overseas. In addition, we promote and facilitate the wider use of IT in the business sector and the community, and contribute to building a digitally inclusive society in Hong Kong.

IT is by its nature dynamic and evolving rapidly, which brings forth abundant opportunities for innovation, efficiency gains and process improvements in Government and the community. Plenty of opportunities exist. It is therefore of paramount importance that more committed individuals seize and capitalise on such opportunities. Why not get an IT related degree or qualification and join the IT profession to work together to harness the greatest benefits of ICT for Hong Kong and the world.