The number of Hongkongers engaged in the creative industry has been on the rise. Official statistics showed that the number of persons engaged in the sector has grown by 18,000 during the period of 2005-2014, representing an average annual growth of 1.6%. However, people are wondering if the sector will stay promising in the long run.
Former Chief Secretary for Administration Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor once said that the city has to boost the development of emerging industries, which, however, is taken care of by the Commerce and Economic Development Bureau’s Communications and Creative Industries Branch. As you can imagine, any creative thinking has to be premised on economic development. A product, if simply being creative, may not be appreciated in the end, as it also needs to cater to public appetite. To successfully launch a newly-designed product on the market, it’s inevitable that one has to seek sponsorship as well as support from government or merchants.
Whether or not there is still development space for creative industry in Hong Kong may hinge on the relevancy of one’s creativity to economic development.