Greater Bay Area could become world best

Local | Phoenix Un 20 May 2019

Hong Kong reporters should be able to find abundant and diverse materials in the Greater Bay Area to write numerous new reports, Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor told a forum in Guangzhou.

It was the last day of her four-day trip to Guangdong when she spoke at the opening ceremony of the Greater Bay Area Media Summit held in Baiyun International Convention Center of Guangzhou yesterday.

She said the Greater Bay Area, as the country's important development strategy, is a theme that has a number of issues to write about.

"Hong Kong reporters have been well known for their bravery and diligence, and I am sure they can find abundant and diverse materials in the Greater Bay Area and write about them," Lam said.

She said the Hong Kong government would make good use of their channels to release information about the Greater Bay Area, but the media could still contribute a lot to allow citizens to learn about the development plan.

"Of course the media are obliged to supervise the government and raise problems of society, and we acknowledge them as long as they are impartial and based on facts," Lam said.

She also said the media could write in-depth features about how the outline development plan is being implemented, and interview people who studied and worked in the Greater Bay Area, "I especially recommend interviewing Hong Kong and Macau youngsters who have started their businesses in GBA youth entrepreneurship and in employment bases."

About 300 people joined the opening ceremony of the summit, including the head of the Propaganda Department Huang Kunming, Liaison Office director Wang Zhimin, media representatives in the Greater Bay Area, and scholars of journalism and communication.

Huang said the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area has the ability to become the world's best bay area.

He made three suggestions for the media industry: To tell the success of the "Hong Kong Story" and "Macau Story" when implementing One Country, Two Systems; reinforce people's identity to the country, the nation and the culture; and that they should show the fruits of GBA development with clear patriotism.

Wang, said he hoped the media would coordinate and move forward with the GBA development, so that Hong Kong would integrate itself into the country's prosperity.

"I hope our media friends will construct a highway of information and a bridge of emotional attachment, enlarge the friendly circle of cooperation and create concentric circles of culture," Wang said.

Lam, who traveled on May 16, had also visited Foshan, Shaoqing, Jiangmen, and returned to Hong Kong yesterday.

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