Blockchain experts among the talent sought by HK authorities

August 29, 2018
Chris Wheal

The Hong Kong government published a so-called talent list on Tuesday as it embarked on a drive to attract global expertise in innovative technologies, including blockchain.

Hong Kong seeks global talent, including blockchain experts

Under the scheme, individuals whose abilities are included on the list – that covers 11 professions – would gain bonus marks when applying for the city’s Quality Migrant Admission Scheme.

Its list highlighted specific professions needed most for Hong Kong’s economic development, the statement said. Successful applicants would not be required to have secured an offer of local employment for settlement in the city.

Blockchain included

The 11 professions listed were:

  • Experienced waste treatment specialists or engineers
  • Experienced asset management professionals
  • Experienced professionals in marine insurance
  • Actuaries
  • Fintech professionals
  • Data scientists and cyber security specialists
  • Innovation and technology experts: pharma and life science; data engineering; artificial intelligence; robotics; distributed ledger technologies; biometric technologies; materials science and nanotechnology
  • Naval architects
  • Marine engineers
  • Creative industries
  • Dispute resolution

Enhancing competitive advantage

Matthew Cheung Kin-chung, chief secretary for administration and chairman of the Human Resources Planning Commission, said: “Hong Kong welcomes talents from all over the world with valuable skills, knowledge and experience to work here, bringing their talent into full play and further developing their careers.

“The promulgation of the Talent List is one of our major initiatives to enhance our competitive advantages in attracting international talents, creating cluster effects, stimulating the development of local talents and propelling Hong Kong forward.”

Post written by Chris Wheal
Chris Wheal is editor of OpenLedger's news and features service. An award-wining business journalists himself, he runs a team of freelance journalists from across the UK and north America.

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