On Friday, June 1, the Commercial Service of the U.S. Consulate General Hong Kong and Macau and the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce (HKGCC) jointly hosted a smart city forum with nine leading U.S. technology companies sharing key developments and challenges for smart transport infrastructure, big data, and artificial intelligence. In his remarks at the event, Consul General Kurt Tong said, “U.S. companies, who are at the forefront of these technologies, and the Consulate, stand ready to assist and be a part of Hong Kong’s smart city development.” The U.S. delegation included AECOM, Cisco, Esri, The Digit Group, Microsoft, OSIsoft, Otis and SAS.
At the event, the U.S. Consul General Tong also signed two partnership agreements, one with HKGCC and one with the Smart City Consortium of Hong Kong. The agreements are designed to strengthen collaboration on projects that enhance commercial ties between the United States and Hong Kong. The U.S. Commercial Service is the primary export promotion arm of the U.S. Government. Its office at the U.S. Consulate General here helps Hong Kong companies identify potential American business partners. One current focus of the office is to help local companies source U.S. products and services that contribute to Hong Kong’s technology objectives. The office is planning to bring to Hong Kong another delegation of U.S. smart city technology suppliers in early 2019.