More District Cyber Centres in pipeline

A total of 14 district-based cyber centres were providing services under a pilot scheme on District Cyber Centres (DCCs) and it would be expanded to 25 to cover different districts, the Permanent Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development (Communications and Technology), Mr Duncan Pescod, said July 16.

The scheme is currently supporting 14 centres equipped with about 200 computers and related facilities, as well as training programmes to serve different needy communities including youth, the elderly and women. A library is established to provide about 190 laptop computers for loan to the public and a mobile van will parade across the territory to deliver training and mount community-based ICT thematic activities.

The scheme is implemented by a DCC Alliance formed by the Hong Kong Cyberport Management Company Limited, the Hong Kong Council of Social Service and the Internet Professional Association. It seeks to enhance the capacity of district-based cyber centres through strengthening the branding, co-ordination and support network for the provision of more effective and quality services.

Under the tripartite partnership arrangement, the Government has sponsored $14.4 million to the scheme while the DCC Alliance has raised considerable commercial sponsorship, both in cash and in kind, including professional support, hardware, software, service donation, to kick-start the scheme.

Mr Duncan Pescod (first from right) and the Government Chief Information Officer, Mr Jeremy Godfrey (second from right) visit the mobile van with IT facilities, and are pictured with District Cyber Centre ambassador Grandma Fortune (second from left).
Mr Duncan Pescod (first from right) and the Government Chief Information Officer, Mr Jeremy Godfrey (second from right) visit the mobile van with IT facilities, and are pictured with District Cyber Centre ambassador Grandma Fortune (second from left).

Source: GovHK (www.gov.hk)