Greater Bay Area office to open

Local | Erin Chan 24 Nov 2020

Erin Chan

A dedicated office has been set up to facilitate Hong Kong's participation in the development of the Greater Bay Area, the Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Bureau announced yesterday.

The Greater Bay Area Development Office, to be spearheaded by Commissioner for the Development of the Greater Bay Area, Tommy Yuen Man-chung, was first announced in the 2018 Policy Address along with the setting up of a high-level steering committee.

A spokesman for the bureau said that the office would be the main liaison unit between the SAR, mainland and Macau authorities.

"The office will be tightening the communication between the mainland's National Development and Reform Commission, other ministries of the central government, the Guangdong provincial government, the Macau SAR government, the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office and municipal governments and offices in the area," the spokesman said.

He said the office would also be pushing the SAR's participation in the area's development, offering assistance to the Steering Committee for the Development of the Greater Bay Area and gathering opinions from Hongkongers on the area's infrastructures and policies.

"The office will also strategically promote the area so as to reinforce society's understanding of its infrastructures, and the prospective opportunities the area can offer to Hong Kong enterprises and citizens," the spokesman said.

He said that the area's infrastructures are an important development strategy of China's deeper reform and opening-up.

"It is also the major direction of Hong Kong in reviving its economic power in the post-pandemic period," he added.

"Through further deepening cooperation among Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macau, and the complementary advantages of the three in facilitating the economy and development of the area, an international first-class bay area that is suitable for living, working and traveling can be built."

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