Tech talent scheme to launch in June

It aims to accelerate the admission of overseas and Mainland R&D talent.

The government will roll out the Technology Talent Admission Scheme (TechTAS) to plug the talent shortage in the innovation and technology sector. 

The three-year pilot scheme will accelerate the admission of top talent from overseas and Mainland markets. A maximum of 1,000 people will be admitted in the scheme’s first year.

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TechTAS will be open to tenants and incubatees of the Science & Technology Parks Corporation and Cyberport that are engaged in biotechnology, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, robotics, data analytics, financial technologies and material science.

"We are listening to different companies in Cyberport and also the Science Park. They actually tell us these people are needed, these talents are needed,” said Nicholas Yang, secretary for innovation & technology. "So what we [are doing] is we are depending on them to pick what is best for Hong Kong."

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Briefings on the scheme will be held from May to mid-June with an initial target to invite applications by the end of June.

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