Business group proposes cheaper Bay Area flats for youth

Local | 29 Aug 2018 6:34 pm

The Business and Professional Alliance has called for the building of what they call "youth villages" in other Greater Bay Area cities, for Hong Kong youngsters to live there at discounted rates, RTHK reports.

He hopes the villages can be established in major cities like Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhuhai and Foshan.

BPA lawmaker Jeffrey Lam said such accommodation could cost just a few dozen yuan a month, adding that some Greater Bay cities are already providing this for free to some mainlanders.

Lam added that people may be charged different rates, depending on their background and academic qualifications.

"In some of the cities, I know they are already providing some even free-of-charge quarters for research students and graduates. So depending on the need and policy of different cities, as long as they are affordable, I think it will be good for the youngsters”, he said.

The BPA is also demanding that when Hong Kong introduces a new electronic identity card system in 2020, it should be interconnected with those in the Greater Bay Area.

It said this way, residents can use a single log-in when using a number of governmental and business e-services.

The party is also calling for mainland cities to relax restrictions to make it easier for Hongkongers to buy property in the Greater Bay Area. Currently, SAR residents are required to provide proof of social insurance when they purchase flats in a number of mainland cities.

In February, the BPA said it hoped that young people in Hong Kong will start to see themselves as "Bay Area Youngsters" in order to tap into the opportunities on offer in the re-branded Pearl River Delta.

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