Governor of Guangdong calls for entity to coordinate the Great Bay Area

29 March 2018

The Governor of Guangdong Province Ma Xingrui on Wednesday called for the creation of an entity to coordinate the development plan for the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Great Bay Area which includes the two special Chinese administrative regions and the cities of Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Foshan, Doongguan, Huizhou, Zhuhai, Zhongshan, Jiangmen and Zhaoqing, located in Guangdong Province.

Ma Xingrui was speaking in Macau during a meeting with Chief Executive Chui Sai On and where one of the issues addressed was cooperation between Guangdong Province and the Macau Special Administrative Region (MSAR).

The plan for the Great Bay Area is expected to be made public later this year, as Prime Minister Li Keqiang announced at the recent National People’s Congress in Beijing.

A statement from the Macau Chief Executive said the Guangdong governor acknowledged that cooperation between Guangdong and Macau is already quite good, which will make it easier to establish a coordinating body.

Chi Sai On recalled that in the 1990s a similar mechanism existed but acknowledged that the new coordination sought would be more comprehensive and of a higher level.

Chinese political leaders have called for the creation of a coordinating structure led by a minister, who will link the cities of Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macau, which will be part of the future Great Bay Area.

This area of southern China has an area of 56,000 square kilometres, a population of 66 million people and a Gross Domestic Product (GDP) estimated at US$1.4 trillion. (macauhub)