“Innovation can help Chinese societies to accelerate sustainable development” – ASTRI CTO comments at Dragon Foundation event

Dragon 100 – the flagship programme of Dragon Foundation – is a platform for talented people of Chinese heritage from around the world to interact, exchange and collaborate. With the theme ‘Vision for a Better Future: Innovation for Sustainable Growth in China’, this year’s Dragon 100 programme took place from 11 to 18 June, covering Hong Kong, Shenzhen and Henan. Dr Meikei Ieong, CTO of ASTRI took part in the Commissioning Ceremony in Hong Kong on 12 June 2017 hosted at the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups (HKYFG) Premises in North Point. In his keynote speech, Dr Ieong highlighted the role Hong Kong can play in helping the entire region to empower its youth and fuel socio-economic development through innovation.


As the second largest economy in the world, China plays an increasingly important and influential role regionally and globally towards sustainable development. At the commissioning event, the speakers and participants discussed how innovation and technology can help tackle the society’s hurdles, with strong emphasis on youth development and sustainability.


The topic of Dr Ieong’s keynote speech was ‘Unite the power – Innovative technology in sustainable development’. He acknowledged Hong Kong’s legacy of innovation and inquisitiveness. Talented people, world-class academia, robust infrastructure, and a solid intellectual property protection underpin the SAR’s growing success in science and technology. “Over the years,” he mentioned, “Hong Kong’s technology researchers and entrepreneurs have made major breakthroughs in sectors ranging from intelligent manufacturing to next generation communication networks, financial technologies to advanced robotics.”


Dr Ieong emphasised two critical success factors to facilitate the socio-economic, technological and industrial transformation of Greater China – investment in innovative technology and empowerment of the youth. He talked about the ‘Belt and Road’ initiative and the ‘South China Greater Bay Area’ programme and how, “by applying innovative technologies in various industrial and service sectors, Hong Kong can make a huge, positive difference.”


He also talked about some of ASTRI’s R&D initiatives including Blockchain, Smart City and Smart Mobility, 5G and other advanced network technologies. Dr Ieong encouraged the young generation of Hong Kong to “explore innovation and technologies to unlock your own potential – embrace opportunities that would brighten your future, progress your city, and help your nation.”


Every year, the Dragon 100 programme brings together 100 ethnic Chinese youth from around the world for events, lecture sessions and study trips in Hong Kong and the Mainland. The platform seeks to enable people of Chinese origin to learn about their heritage and culture, and to study recent developments in China, while also forging networks and exchanges.


Dr Meikei Ieong (3rd from left of 1st row) attends the Dragon Foundation 2017 Dragon 100 Commissioning Ceremony with other guests including the Hon Elsie Leung Oi-sie (9th from left of 1st row), GBM, JP, Deputy Director, Hong Kong Basic Law Committee, Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress of the PRC; Hon Sir Ti Liang Yang (10th from left of 1st row), GBM, JP, Chairman, The Dragon Foundation; Ms Shelley Lee Lai-kuen (6th from left of 1st row), GBS, OBE, JP, Director, The Dragon Foundation; Dr Rosanna Wong Yick-ming (8th from left of 1st row), DBE, JP, Executive Director, The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups and Director, The Dragon Foundation; and Dr Hubert Chan Chung-yee (4th from left of 1st row) , JP, Delegation Leader and Council Member of The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups