In 1997 the HKSARG Chief Executive, Mr. TUNG Chee Hwa has set a vision for Hong Kong to be "a leader and not a follower in the information world of tomorrow", and to use information technology (IT) to retain our competitive edge and to drive overall economic expansion.
In the Policy Addres by Chief Executive in 1998, the Chief Executive has again revealed its intention to “use information technology to help HK retain its competitive edge and to drive its overall economic expansion”. As a result, the HKSAR Government released its technology development plan known as the “Digital 21 Strategy”.
The Information Technology and Broadcasting Bureau (ITBB) was set up in 1998 for the furtherance of that vision. From then onward, the HKSARG began to formulate policies regarding telecommunications, IT and broadcasting altogether through ITBB. This approach is considered to be pragmatic in the light of imminent convergence of telecommunication, computer and broadcasting. Such convergence is made happened owing the globalisation of telecommunication network, the emergence of the Internet and the digitisation of communications and broadcast.
The 1998 Digital 21 Strategy is orchestrated by and its execution by ITBB. According to ITBB, "the primary focus of the 1998 Digital 21 Strategy was to build capabilities and infrastructure to support a thriving information economy, and to create a strong foundation for growth in the use of IT. The strategy included a visionary programme of initiatives that were designed to create an environment for the information economy to thrive by encouraging businesses and consumers to participate, and to exploit opportunities, in this new information economy. The objective is to develop Hong Kong into a leading digital city in the globally connected world. "
Reference web-site: http://www.info.gov.hk/digital21/e_index.html