11 chapter Bay Area blueprint outlines short-term goalsLocal | 18 Feb 2019 6:54 pm
China unveiled today the outline development plan for the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, aiming to develop the region into "a role model of high-quality development."
The plan was released by the Central Committee of the Communist Party and the State Council, Xinhua reports.
The blueprint outlines short-term plans for the area until 2022 and long-term outlook for 2035.
It has 11 chapters, covering the background of the plan, the overall requirements, the spatial layout, developing an international innovation and technology hub, expediting infrastructural connectivity, building a globally competitive modern industrial system, taking forward ecological conservation, developing a quality living circle for living, working and traveling, strengthening cooperation and jointly participating in the Belt and Road Initiative, jointly developing Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao cooperation platforms, and the implementation of the plan.
The Greater Bay Area refers to the special administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macau, and nine cities in Guangdong province.
The blueprint says building the Greater Bay Area comes as a new attempt to improve the reform and opening-up policy, as well as to promote the "One Country, Two Systems" governing principle.