Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor praised Huizhou for not being in the same position as Hong Kong over a scarcity of land.
Lam's comments come after she met leaders of Huizhou yesterday as part of her second visit to the Greater Bay Area. Her two-day trip will conclude with a visit to Guangzhou today. In her meeting yesterday with Liu Ji, the acting mayor and secretary of the municipal committee of Huizhou City, Lam said that land supply is a growing problem in Hong Kong.
She also said it is important for the SAR to have strong relations with other cities in the Greater Bay Area.
"Huizhou is large. Your land is 10 times larger than mine. I happy to see there is land, because Hong Kong does not have enough land for development," Lam told Liu in their meeting.
Lam said Hong Kong has a healthy relationship with Huizhou as many Hongkongers live there. The frequent interaction among people living in the two cities will facilitate future cooperation and economic development in the Greater Bay Area.
Lam also said direct investment from Hong Kong accounts for 60 percent of Huizhou's foreign investment. She hopes to see further investments in a wider variety of industries in Huizhou, especially in innovative technology.
In response, Liu praised Hong Kong for its enthusiasm toward developing the Greater Bay Area and aiding economic development in the mainland.
Liu also showed Lam Huizhou's social economic development and urban planning, as well as a science and technology park jointly planned by the two cities.
In the afternoon, Lam visited the Glorious Sun Group, a Hong Kong apparel enterprise, and the Tonghu Ecological Smart Zone, before travelling to Guangzhou in the evening.