Macau’s Secretary for Economy and Finance Leong Vai Tac said on Wednesday in Guangzhou that, under the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay project, the administrative region will strengthen its role as a “World Centre for Tourism and Leisure” and drive initiatives related to the “Services Platform for Trade Cooperation between China and the Portuguese-Speaking Countries.”
Leong Vai Tac spoke during the 2018 Joint Executive Leadership Meeting held in the context of Pan-Pearl River Delta Regional Cooperation (PPRD) and took to Guangzhou officials from eight Chinese provinces (Fujian, Guangdong, Guizhou, Hainan , Hunan, Jiangxi, Sichuan and Yunnan), the two special administrative regions (Macau and Hong Kong) and the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region (Guangxi Zhuang) and the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area and nine cities in the province of Guangdong (Dongguan, Foshan, Guangzhou, Huizhou, Jiangmen, Shenzhen, Zhaoqing, Zhongshan and Zhuhai).
The Secretary for Economy and Finance said that with regard to Macau’s role as a “World Centre for Tourism and Leisure” priority will be given to its transformation into a quality tourism education and training centre within the Greater Bay and cooperation and exchange between provinces and regions of the PPRD, also known as “9 + 2”, with Portuguese-speaking countries will be facilitated.
In his speech, Leong Vai Tac gave assurances that under the “Belt and Road” initiative Macau will enhance the advantages it has based on its close ties with the Portuguese-speaking countries, Southeast Asia and the European Union, taking full advantage of the cooperation network with international organisations and the intermediary role of the overseas Chinese in Macau.
The Secretary added that, in order to improve the quality of life of the Macau population, the Government will strive to promote interconnection of policies in the areas of education, culture, health care and other fields of the PPRD with a view to joint construction of a community with a good quality of life in the sectors of housing, employment and tourism.
According to the official statement, Leong Vai Tac recalled that, in order to respond to the General Planning Guidelines for the Development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Bay, the Macau Government established the Regional Policy and Development Studies Bureau, which will be responsible for promoting and implementing matters relating to the construction of the Greater Bay and the cooperation projects of the PPRD, and will soon create a global plan of action and a high-level coordination mechanism. (macauhub)