Le­ung sees bay area win-win

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - FRONT PAGE - By ZHOU MO in Zhuhai sally@chi­nadai­lyhk.com

Co­op­er­a­tion be­tween Hong Kong and other cities in the Guang­dong-Hong Kong-Ma­cao Greater Bay Area will ben­e­fit all sides and bring a win-win sit­u­a­tion as long as the func­tions of each city are well po­si­tioned and per­form well, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Le­ung Chun-ying said on Fri­day.

Hong Kong has a com­pet­i­tive re­la­tion­ship with other cities around the world but has ben­e­fited and made progress from that com­pe­ti­tion over the past sev­eral decades, he said.

Mean­while, “co­op­er­a­tive re­la­tions and po­ten­tial be­tween Hong Kong and other nine main­land cities in the Greater Bay Area is stronger and larger”, he told re­porters in Zhuhai on Fri­day, wrap­ping up his three­day visit to six cities in the clus­ter.

Hong Kong is more in­ter­na­tion­al­ized than the main­land cities in the re­gion and has strengths in fi­nance, pro­fes­sional ser­vices and some other sec­tors, noted Le­ung.

“Th­ese are the ad­van­tages we can of­fer and ar­eas where main­land cities in the Greater Bay Area need to take ad­van­tage of Hong Kong,” he said.

“As long as we make good plan­ning on (each city’s) func­tions, I be­lieve Hong Kong and other cities in the Greater Bay Area will reap mu­tual ben­e­fits and achieve a win-win sit­u­a­tion, bring­ing bet­ter ca­reer devel­op­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties for Hong Kong peo­ple, es­pe­cially the younger gen­er­a­tion.”

Le­ung led a del­e­ga­tion of se­nior of­fi­cials and busi­ness lead­ers to Guangzhou, Foshan, Zhao­qing, Jiang­men, Zhong­shan and Zhuhai, most of which are on the west bank of Pearl River Es­tu­ary.

Co­op­er­a­tion be­tween Hong Kong and Shen­zhen has de­vel­oped ro­bustly thanks to geo­graph­i­cal prox­im­ity, but with those on the west bank of the Pearl River Es­tu­ary, co­op­er­a­tion has been lim­ited, he ad­mit­ted.

The open­ing of Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Ma­cao Bridge and Guangzhou-Shen­zhenHong Kong Ex­press Rail Link will bring new op­por­tu­ni­ties for co­op­er­a­tion be­tween Hong Kong and those cities, he said.

“As to the flow of ve­hi­cles af­ter the open­ing of the bridge, we have to see na­tional poli­cies, in­clud­ing exit and en­try poli­cies for both Hong Kong and main­land ve­hi­cles. We are ne­go­ti­at­ing the is­sue with the cen­tral gov­ern­ment right now,” Le­ung said.

“The over­all di­rec­tion is to pro­vide con­ve­nience to the largest ex­tent for Hong Kong peo­ple to travel to the cities on the west bank.”

Act­ing mayor of Zhuhai Li Zezhong said the Zhuhai gov­ern­ment will ex­plore more ef­fi­cient ways to cross the bound­ary at the bridge to of­fer more con­ve­nience to trav­el­ers and busi­nesses by sav­ing time and costs.

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