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Greater Bay Area to rival other bay areas
    2017-07-03  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

A GOVERNMENT plan to deepen integration between Hong Kong, Macao and the mainland is designed to create a region as competitive as other bay areas such as Los Angeles, New York and Tokyo, according to Guangdong’s governor.

Ma Xingrui gave his assessment of the Greater Bay Area plan while meeting the provincial delegation at the National People’s Congress session in Beijing on March 6.

The plan was first proposed in a joint study by authorities in the region in 2011. The idea got a renewed push when Premier Li Keqiang said in his annual government work report March 5 that the mainland would draw up a plan for the “development of a city cluster in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area.”

Ma said the goal was to “compete with bay areas in Los Angeles, New York and Tokyo Bay.”

The area in Tokyo covers 9,076 square kilometers and is home to 31 million people, while the San Francisco Bay Area covers 18,000 square kilometers and has a population of 7.6 million.

Ma said the blueprint called for broad cooperation on a range of social and economic policies, covering environmental and transport issues. He said the Guangdong provincial government had asked the China Centre for International Economic Exchanges, a think tank, to study the initiative.

He Ningka, director of the Guangdong Development and Reform Commission, said a national-level coordination mechanism was needed to ensure collaboration among the three regions.

Zheng Tianxiang, a professor with the Pearl River Delta Research Institute at Sun Yat-sen University, said the Greater Bay Area could consolidate the three regional economies into a truly “global city” with expanded economic influence.

“The three big cities in the region were previously more competitive with one another, but under the initiative, they could be complementary and make fuller use of their own advantages, for example, Hong Kong’s service industry, Shenzhen’s innovation and Guangzhou’s historic role in the ‘One Belt, One Road’ initiative,” Zheng said.(SD-Agencies)

 

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