Macau prepares coordination of the Greater Bay Plan with Beijing and Guangdong

4 March 2019

The Macau Chief Executive will direct the relevant departments of the territory to liaise with their central and Guangdong provincial counterparts, Chui Sai On said in Beijing on Friday, according to an official statement.

According to Chui, this indication is intended to ensure that Macau’s public services follow the most important policies and measures of the recently announced plan for the construction of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay (GBA).

Chui said the government will hold a series of briefings and training sessions on the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay area in March, and will distribute texts about the GBA for a greater understanding of the project.

The Chief Executive also said that during the meeting in Beijing, a review of the work carried out and an analysis of eight important measures to boost the construction of the GBA were made and he gave assurances that Macau will do everything to support these measures and put them into practice .

The eight measures aimed at accelerating the GBA plan are the creation of standards for identifying stays of 183 days by residents with a view to setting professional tax, definition of the tax system for those who work in any of the nine GBA cities, supporting public institutions in Guangdong to hire residents of Macau and Hong Kong and encouraging young people in Hong Kong and Macau to launch innovative projects and businesses in the GBA’s nine cities.

The Chief Executive also said it had been decided that the introduction of mechanisms to enable Hong Kong and Macau higher education and science and technology institutions to participate in science and technology projects in Guangdong Province, as well as systems created to facilitate the migration and movement of vehicles within the GBA, while steps will be taken to facilitate and accelerate customs procedures.

During the second plenary meeting of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area Development Leaders Group, held at the People’s Palace in Beijing and chaired by the Deputy Prime Minister of the State Council, Han Zheng, Chui Sai On said that Macau will strive to make the most of the advantages of the “one country, two systems” principle, local advantages and the Greater Bay plan with the aim of realising the various projects of Macau included in the Greater Bay. (Macauhub)