Macau Chief Executive Chui Sai On said on Monday that the overall planning guidelines for the development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay are a new planned stage of China’s reform and opening up to the future.
In a document released by his office, after the official announcement of the details of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay, Chui Sai On pointed out that the strategic aim of the plan is to promote socio-economic development and change the social management of the whole of China through the development and construction of the region that includes the cities of Region 9 + 2 of the Pearl River Delta.
“With the construction of a world-class Greater Bay, guided by ecological, technological and cultural values, we intend to promote future social life and economic development, thus forming a solid support for the “Belt and Road” initiative and for the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.”
The Chief Executive, referring to the document now released by the Chinese authorities, further noted that there is a need to be aware that in the new era and in the process of the new phase of reform and opening up, “it is essential to have new ideas (…) to participate proactively in the development and construction of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay.”
Chui Sai On also gave assurances that the Macau government will cooperate with the other cities of the Greater Bay to carry out innovative projects and explore new areas.
“At this juncture of the national development strategy, all the work focused on the future development of Macau will have to be carried out taking into account the positions and missions attributed to Macau sharing the common goal that is to make Macau the link between China and the world,” he said.
The Chief Executive also said that the document demonstrates Macau’s historical status, its level of internationalisation and its important role in exchanges between China and the world.
Chui Sai On noted the need to contribute to the promotion of Macau’s “world level tourism and leisure” by boosting cooperation, dialogue and coexistence of different cultures and strengthening multiculturalism in Macau by providing commercial services between China and the Portuguese-speaking countries.
The need to “take advantage of the opportunities provided by the general environment and accelerate the appropriate diversification of the Macau economy in order to lay the foundations for Macau’s long-term prosperous development,” is also favoured by the Chief Executive in terms of Macau’s role in the Greater Bay.
Chui Sai On, in his statement, also pointed out that for the future development of Macau, as a coastal city, there are two strategies. One focused on “progress by conquering the Sea” in order to achieve prosperity through the Sea, and the other to promote cooperation in order to “achieve prosperity over Land.”
As part of the role assigned to Macau in the Greater Bay, the Chief Executive of Macau pointed out that the government will seek, within and outside the Greater Bay, partner cities and companies that can help to achieve the position assigned to Macau, so that cooperation can be innovative and efficient.
Chui Sai On also pointed out that his government had been engaged in close negotiations with several cities in the Greater Bay, namely Hengqin in Zhuhai, Jiangmen, Zhongshan, Nansha and Jiangsu (Jiangsu-Macau Cooperation Park), strengthening cooperation and taking advantage of the opportunities provided by the development of the Greater Bay.
Meanwhile, the Government Spokesperson’s Office announced that Chief Executive Chui Sai On, leading a 50-strong delegation from Macau, will travel to Hong Kong on Thursday to take part in the General Guidelines for Planning the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay (macauhub)