The Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area (GBA) will drive the development of economic diversification and create new opportunities for Macau, said Chief Executive Chui Sai On during a meeting in Beijing with China’s deputy prime minister, Han Zheng.
According to an official statement, Chui Sai On travelled to the Chinese capital to present “views and suggestions from Macau society and the government” on the planning of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area, days after a tour of the cities of Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Guangzhou, Zongshan and Jiangmen located in the GBA.
At the meeting, Chui acknowledged that in the past the appropriate diversification of Macau’s economy was limited by a number of constraints and objective factors, including lack of staff and land, and acknowledged that GBA will help diversify the economy and economic development.
The Chief Executive said that the government is undertaking preparatory work to ensure the coordination of the Five-Year Development Plan of Macau, the Governance Action Lines and the construction of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area.
The official statement added that the government is aware of the role and functions of Macau within the GBA and is committed to meeting the wishes of the Chinese authorities who want Macau to coordinate its development with the other cities of the region in order to obtain benefits shared by all and establish conditions for the economic diversification of the special administrative region.
The same document from the Office of the Chief Executive said that initiatives will be launched to create a quality ecological environment and to make it easier for the citizens of Macau and Hong Kong to work and live in mainland China.
With an area of 56,000 square kilometres and a population of 66 million, in 2016 the GBA has a GDP of US$1.4 trillion, and includes the cities of Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Foshan, Huizhou, Dongguan, Zhongshan, Jiangmen, and Zhaoqing and the two special administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macau. (macauhub)