3 keywords highlighted in boosting Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao cooperation

On January 16, Guangzhou CPPCC members from Hong Kong and Macao proposed the city a variety of measures to facilitate the construction of Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, highlighting three keywords—Nansha, Guangzhou South Railway Station and Lingnan culture.

The top political advisory body in Guangzhou urged its members to put forward proposals to boost cooperation among Greater Bay Area during the 13th Guangzhou Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC). [Photo\Nanfang Daily]

Build Nansha a pilot district for Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao cooperation

Located at the core of the Greater Bay Area, Nansha is the largest component of Guangdong Free Trade Zone and a new development district recognized by the central government. It has been dedicated to the international shipping business, finance and tech-innovation while boosting the cooperation with Hong Kong and Macao.

Huang Junkang, a Guangzhou’s CPPCC member from Hong Kong, considered Nansha an important platform for opening-up and cooperation because of its location and all the favorable policies, and he proposed to build Nansha a pilot district for tech-innovation in the Greater Bay Area.


Nansha Port[file photo]

“The government can attract different resources and adopt measures such as applying itself as a free trade port, deepening Guangzhou-Hong Kong cooperation, organizing international tech-conferences and facilitating cross-border law services and IP right services,” he said.

Huang Jialun, a member from Macao, suggested that Nansha could join hands with Macao and build a cross-border e-commerce platform targeting Portuguese speaking countries. “90 percent of Guangzhou’s online-shopping goods are imported through Nansha bonded warehouse. With the resources from Macao, we can build oversea management centers in Portuguese speaking countries for product storage and presentation.”

Maximize Guangzhou South Railway Station’s advantages in boosting cooperation

Guangzhou South Railway Station is the biggest and busiest high-speed rail station in South China. It handled 135 million passengers in 2017 and the number of its daily passengers ranks top nationwide hitting 372 thousand.

“Guangzhou should build a comprehensive service center for people from Hong Kong and Macao near the Guangzhou South Station as it will become a transportation hub connecting three places with the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong high-speed rail and the upcoming Guangzhou-Zhongshan-Macao high-speed rail,” said Xu Meiyun, a member from Hong Kong.

Guangzhou South Railway[file photo]

She added the services offered by the center can be diverse, for example, one-stop administrative service, employment service and innovation & entrepreneurship service, so that it can facilitate the talent flow among three places.

In fact, the station has already been playing its role in tightening the cooperation between Guangzhou and Hong Kong as it witnessed 16 projects signed at its investment roadshow held in Hong Kong last year.

Lingnan culture, a bond ties people in Greater Bay Area

“The construction of Greater Bay Area not only requires economic cooperation but cultural cooperation,” said Zeng Zhiwei, a member from Hong Kong, “people in Guangzhou and Hong Kong are tied by the Lingnan culture. We speak similar language and have similar cultural custom, which can be an advantage to facilitate cooperation.”

“Guangzhou and Hong Kong can cooperate to produce documentaries, TV series and movies with the aim to highlight the relationship between two places while deepening cooperation between two places in the cultural sector,” said Zeng.

Yongqing Fang, an urban renewal project in Guangzhou[Photo\Nanfang plus]

“Culture in Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao have their unique characteristics though sharing similarities,” said Liao Xiyun, a member from Macao, “enterprises of Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao have formed partnership in a wide range of areas, but in-depth cooperation and communication among governments are still limited.”

She proposed to establish a cultural communication center in the Greater Bay Area and boost governmental cooperation in the cultural sector.