ITIB and CAC signed MoU of Facilitating Cross-boundary Data Flow in GBA


The Innovation, Technology and Industry Bureau (ITIB) and the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) signed the Memorandum of Understanding on Facilitating Cross-boundary Data Flow Within the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (MoU) in Beijing on June 29 to jointly promote cross-boundary data flow in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (GBA).

To facilitate cross-boundary data flow in the GBA in a safe and orderly manner, the Secretary for Innovation, Technology and Industry, Professor Sun Dong, and Deputy Director of the Cyberspace Administration of China Mr Zhao Zeliang, signed the MoU, under which the ITIB and the Office of the Government Chief Information Officer will work closely with the CAC and explore effective management measures with a view to fostering cross-boundary data flow within the GBA.

Professor Sun said, "The National 14th Five-Year Plan indicates clear support for Hong Kong's development into an international innovation and technology hub. Facilitating data flow in the GBA is an important initiative for promoting the integrated and high-quality development of the GBA, lowering the compliance costs of enterprises and driving the development of Hong Kong's digital economy and proactively integrate Hong Kong into national development. The MoU also contributes to the convenient and orderly flow of cross-boundary data from the Mainland to Hong Kong, which is beneficial to building Hong Kong into a global data hub."

Professor Sun continued, "On the eve of celebrating the 26th anniversary of Hong Kong's return to the motherland and the first anniversary of President Xi Jinping's visit to Hong Kong Science Park, the signing of the MoU between the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government and the CAC marks the importance attached by the country and its great support to Hong Kong's innovation and technology development, injecting new impetus to our joint efforts to foster the development of the GBA."