Guangdong is pledging to boost efforts to advance the development of Hengqin and Qianhai cooperation zones, improve working mechanisms and policy systems, and give new reform to the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (GBA) in 2022.
It was announced by Li Xi, Secretary of the CPC Guangdong Provincial Committee, when outlining the province’s plan for GBA development at a recent meeting held by the Office of the Leading Group for Developing the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area in Guangdong last week.
Li indicated that, over the past year, Guangdong, together with Hong Kong and Macau, has made new progress in promoting the development of the Greater Bay Area while seizing opportunities offered by the Hengqin and Qianhai cooperation zones and the building of a high-level talent platform in the GBA.
Last September, China issued plans to build a Guangdong-Macao cooperation zone in Hengqin and deepening the reform and opening up of the Qianhai Shenzhen-Hong Kong Modern Service Industry Co-operation Zone.
Since then, Guangdong has made efforts to advance the construction of the two cooperation zones.
Besides the plans regarding Hengqin and Qianhai, Guangdong will also strengthen collaborative innovation and industrial cooperation in the GBA, and make GBA a global platform for scientific and technological innovation, as well as foster the development of emerging industries.
Li also stated that Guangdong will promote infrastructure connectivity and harmonize related relevant rules of Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macau, push ahead with a GBA connectivity initiative and enhance market integration.
Guangdong plans to deepen the cooperation to improve people’s livelihoods and cultural exchange in the GBA, work on regulatory convergence in the areas of employment, education, medical care, and social security, and build an aesthetically pleasing bay area that is ecologically safe, environmentally attractive, socially stable and culturally vibrant.
Furthermore, Guangdong will coordinate pandemic prevention and control, as well as exchange and cooperation in the GBA. MDT/GDNews