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GUANGDONG LAWMAKERS CONVENE ANNUAL MEETING
    2018-01-25  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

THE annual session of the Guangdong provincial legislature convenes in Guangzhou, the provincial capital, today.

During the meeting, lawmakers from 21 cities and the PLA garrison in the province will elect a new governor, vice governor, director of the Guangdong Provincial Supervision Commission, and the province’s chief justice and chief prosecutor.

The newly elected provincial government will meet the press after the session ends Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, an ambitious Central Government initiative aimed at boosting development of the region in southern China, is a hot topic among political advisers attending the annual session of Guangdong’s top advisory body, which opened Tuesday in Guangzhou.

The Greater Bay Area will include Hong Kong, Macao and nine cities in Guangdong, namely Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Dongguan, Huizhou, Zhongshan, Foshan, Zhaoqing and Jiangmen. This area’s industrial landscape is to a large extent comprised of the manufacturing, innovative technology and services sectors.

A proposal submitted to the advisory body’s meeting by the Guangdong committee of the Chinese Peasants and Workers Democratic Party suggests the establishment of the Greater Bay Area Collaborative Development Committee to promote the symbiotic development of the 11 cities by tapping the global market together and complementing each other’s advantages.

It says innovation should be the propeller for the area’s future development, with high-end financial services and manufacturing industry as its mainstays. Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Hong Kong should give full play to their distinctive strengths in scientific innovation and play key roles in building the Greater Bay Area into China’s Silicon Valley.

The three cities’ status as the main financial hubs in South China has brought together a large number of banks, insurance and securities companies, venture capital funds and other multinational financial giants from around the world, making the advantages of creating a global financial core circle obvious, according to the proposal.

It also says that although it leads in manufacturing, the Greater Bay Area still lags behind other advanced cities in building State-level labs and new material labs, and needs to pick up the pace in the development of new industries, new energy, new manufacturing, new materials and new technologies.

A number of political advisers from Shenzhen called for the government to step up construction of a rail network offering fast connections between the 11 cities.

You Zhonghui particularly mentioned Shenzhen-Shanwei Railway and Shenzhen-Zhao-qing Railway.

More than half of Guangdong’s population dwells in the Pearl River Delta Region. Local traffic authorities have identified inter-city rail as a more efficient means of transportation than road traffic.

The Greater Bay Area covers an area of 56,000 square kilometers, which accounts for 0.6 percent of the Chinese territory. Its economic output in 2016 hit 9.2 trillion yuan (US$1.35 trillion), accounting for 12.4 percent of the national total. It is home to 68 million permanent residents, which is 4.9 percent of the population of China.

(Li Jing)

 

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