Jobs in Guangdong to come calling

Top News | Stella Wong 17 May 2019

Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor says Hongkongers will soon be allowed to work in public institutions in Guangdong.

Lam and Guangdong governor Ma Xingrui signed the 2019 work plan of the framework agreement on Hong Kong-Guangdong Cooperation yesterday in Guangzhou.

Lam thanked the province for exerting all efforts to push forward the Greater Bay Area development.

"I know the province is drafting the final details of the measure allowing Hong Kong people to work in public institutions of the Guangdong government," she said. "It will be implemented as soon as possible."

Lam said the province will announce the details of an open recruitment exercise soon.

Public institutions include public hospitals, schools and scientific research institutions.

Lam earlier said the measure will be more applicable to top-tier talent or talent that the province lacks.

Lam said Hong Kong will utilize advantages of the one country, two systems principle and move forward with Guangdong to build the Bay area together.

After the meeting, Lam said the two governments will launch measures in the 70 main tasks of the plan as soon as possible. These tasks cover building cross-border infrastructure, facilitating customs clearance, building a global technology and innovation hub and enhancing cooperation in modern service industries.

She said Guangdong promised to provide marine sand for Hong Kong airport's third runway project, adding that its first batch from Guangxi province will arrive soon.

The SAR government is confident of pushing forward with construction.

Last month, the Airport Authority revealed that reclamation for the third runway will be delayed by 18 weeks as it has been hit by bad weather and a lack of sand.

Reports last year said importing sand from Guangxi would blow the budget for the reclamation works.

In addition, Lam said more Hong Kong vehicles will be allowed on the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge.

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