The International Institute of Macau (IIM) has just released the book “Pearl River Delta – From World Factory to Global Innovator,” intended to analyse the economic future of the Pearl River Delta region of southern China, that from a rural area has become a modern industrial metropolis with 60 million inhabitants.
The Pearl River Delta is now the largest urban area in the world by both area and population.
The book written by researchers Thomas Chan and Louise do Rosário explores the economic future of the region and profiles the nine major cities in the Delta and its development and modernisation in China’s 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-2020) and the “One Belt, One Road” initiative.
The book, written in English, comes after the IIM in the last four years published the eight books in Portuguese that cover the history of the Pearl River Delta, its economic development since 1978 and the investment opportunities in the area along with detailed profiles of the nine major cities in the Delta: Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Foshan, Dongguan, Huizhou, Zhongshan, Jiangmen, Zhuhai and Zhaoqing.
Macau is part of the success story of the Pearl River Delta and is increasingly integrated in the economic development of the Delta as a platform for China’s economic relations with Portuguese-speaking countries.
With its increasingly clear role as a bridge, Macau may be a significant support to companies and foreign businesspeople, especially from the Portuguese-speaking countries to access the Delta’s market, which is the driver of economic development in China.
According to the book, “with the entry into operation of the bridge that will connect Hong Kong to Macau and Zhuhai, in 2018, the development of the Delta will have a new momentum that will surely bring benefits for all economic activity in the region.”
The book produced by editorial content company Macaulink was supported by the Macau Foundation and its partners were the Macau Pearl River Delta Research Association and the Portugal-China Association of Young Entrepreneurs. (macauhub)