Macau chief executive calls for strengthening regional cooperation in the Greater Bay area

22 February 2019

Chief Executive Chui Sai On said Thursday in Hong Kong, during a session to publicise the General Planning Guidelines for the Development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area (GBA), that the Macau Administrative Region will continue to work to increase tits capacity and strengthen regional cooperation, as a key route to its sustainable development.


“Macau will continue to maximise its advantages as a global tourism and leisure centre and service platform for trade cooperation between China and the Portuguese-speaking countries to promote sustainable development and the performance of new industries with the aim of accelerating the proper diversification of its economy,” said Chui Sai On.


In his speech, Chui Sai On said that Macau should enhance its advantages in order to strengthen cooperation between the interior of China and the Portuguese-speaking countries along the “Belt and Road” and should also promote the initiative’s expansion to an increasing number of markets.


The Chief Executive also noted that the “One Country, two systems” principle is the brand and the greatest advantage that distinguishes the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay from other international bays of excellence.


Chui Sai On, speaking at a session in which the Hong Kong Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, the deputy director of the National Development and Reform Commission, Lin Nianxiu, and the governor of Guangdong Province also spoke, gave assurances that Macau would continue its cooperation with Inner China and Hong Kong with a view to enhancing the status and role of the Hong Kong and Macau Special Administrative Regions in China’s economic development and opening up to the outside world, which will bring new momentum in the development of both administrative regions.


Chui Sai On also said that as one of the central cities of the Greater Bay Area, Macau should adopt the strategy of mutual cooperation and complementary development, using the support of the cities of the GBA, which will create more room for growth in its economy.


The Chief Executive said the Macau Government had set up the “Working Commission for the Construction of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay” and took the initiative of aligning the “Macau Five-Year Development Plan” and the GBA guidelines.


Chui Sai On also gave assurances that Macau would boost investment in innovation by encouraging higher education institutions and technological research institutions to redouble their efforts in technological innovation by giving greater attention to cooperation with other cities in the Greater Bay Area.


The Macau Government will encourage young people to take advantage of the opportunities provided by the development of the area, said the chief executive in his speech.


Finally, Chui Sai On said that his government will continue to make every effort to develop Macau as a base for cooperation and dialogue, under the motto “promote the coexistence of diverse cultures, with the predominance of Chinese culture,” to promote the construction of a great cultural bay.


The Greater Bay Area plan states that the Chinese government will transform the area into a global innovation hub, develop connectivity infrastructures and strengthen the role of four of the region’s cities.


The document clearly states that Hong Kong will be the area’s financial, maritime and trade centre. Macau will be an international tourism and liaison centre between China with the Portuguese-speaking countries and Guangzhou will be the administrative centre of the region. Shenzhen is also given the status of Special Economic Zone and Technology Centre of the Greater Bay.


The Greater Bay Area, with an area of 56,000 square kilometres and a population of 67 million people, will encompass the cities of Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Foshan, Huizhou, Dongguan, Zhongshan, Jiangmen, Zhaoqing and the Hong Kong and Macau Special Administrative Regions. (macauhub)