Chief Executive John Lee Ka-chiu speaks at the Construction Innovation Expo 2022 Grand Opening Ceremony on Dec 13, 2022. (PHOTO / HKSAR GOVERNMENT)
The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region government is in full swing to power the construction sector’s high-quality development by leveraging innovative technologies like Modular Integrated Construction (MiC) in key projects, officials said at the Construction Innovation Expo on Tuesday.
“We are actively enhancing the quantity, speed, efficiency and quality of building and construction for our city,” Financial Secretary Paul Chan Mo-po said, adding that innovation and technology will be the name of the game at the construction level.
The productivity, safety and sustainability of buildings will be enhanced by using MiC, Building Information Modelling, construction digitalization, robotics and automation, as well as new construction materials and methods, Financial Secretary Paul Chan Mo-po said
The productivity, safety and sustainability of buildings will be enhanced by using MiC, Building Information Modelling, construction digitalization, robotics and automation, as well as new construction materials and methods, Chan said.
Chan made the remarks at the Global Construction Summit during the opening event of the five-day expo.
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Infrastructure and construction have long been indispensable to the sustainable economic development of Hong Kong. In 2021, Hong Kong’s construction output in both the public and private sectors totaled some HK$240 billion ($30.87 billion), accounting for close to 9 percent of the city’s GDP, according to Chan.
But Chan noted that the construction sector should go beyond its contribution to the GDP and business opportunities and also strive to consistently meet people’s needs and aspirations for a better quality of life, and to generate the capacity for a more inclusive and balanced city and regional development.
This echoed remarks made by President Xi Jinping, who said during the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China that the pursuit of high-quality development was a top priority for the country.
“We take the lead in applying new technologies in public works projects. We also provide funding to the construction sector to adopt new technologies,” Chan said.
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In his welcome speech at the opening ceremony, Chief Executive John Lee Ka-chiu said innovation is the essential driving force to realize a series of landmark construction projects, including the Northern Metropolis and light public housing.“The development bureau is establishing a cross-departmental steering committee on MiC and will work to strengthen our MiC supply chain and build collaboration with other cities of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area,” Lee said.
He added that digitalization is also a priority for boosting efficiency in the construction sector, saying construction practitioners must be trained to handle emerging technologies.
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