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Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 15:15

CE: HK should play role in planning for Greater Bay Area

By chinadailyasia.com

 CE: HK should play role in planning for Greater Bay Area
In this April 21, 2017 photo, Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying visits the Zhongshan Tsui Hang New District Planning Exhibition Centre to better understand the area's infrastructure and planning as well as developments relating to the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Bay Area. (Photo / Information Services Department)

HONG KONG – Hong Kong should give full play to its unique advantages and play an active role in planning for the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, outgoing Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying said on Tuesday.

Currently, around 300,000 Hong Kong people are working in the mainland on long-term contracts, accounting for 8% of the city’s total labor force

Leung Chun-ying, Chief Executive, Hong Kong

Speaking to the media before the weekly Executive Council meeting, Leung noted that the Greater Bay Area – comprising nine mainland cities and two special administration regions – would offer abundant opportunities to Hong Kong, especially in the field of professional services.

Without the mainland market, Hong Kong's professionals in the fields of accounting, architecture, surveying, city planning etc. would have lost their jobs or remain underemployed, said the CE.

Leung, who just returned from a three-day visit to six cities in the cluster, praised the cities for their significant development in fields like social order, as well as city hygiene.

Three major infrastructure projects that link Hong Kong with other cities in the area would be completed in 2018, he added.

The three major infrastructure projects are: the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge and the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link, and the Liantang/Heung Yuen Wai Link. Those are set to open next year.

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Leung said the projects would provide Hong Kong with closer connections with the mainland cities, prompting more Hong Kong people to head north to find a living.

Currently, around 300,000 Hong Kong people are working in the mainland on long-term contracts, accounting for 8 percent of the city’s total labor force, according to Leung.

The State-level Greater Bay Area blueprint was laid out by Premier Li Keqiang when he delivered the Government Work Report to the National People’s Congress in March.

The 56,500-square-kilometer Greater Bay Area comprises of Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Foshan, Zhongshan, Dongguan, Huizhou, Jiangmen and Zhaoqing in Guangdong province, and the Hong Kong and Macao SARs. The area has an annual GDP of $1.3 trillion, according to an official document.

 
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