SAR govt en­hances B&R, bay area ef­forts

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - TOP NEWS - By WILLA WU in Hong Kong willa@chi­nadai­

The Com­merce and Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Bu­reau (CEDB) will co­op­er­ate closely with the Con­sti­tu­tional and Main­land Af­fairs Bu­reau (CMAB) to en­hance Hong Kong’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in the State-level Belt and Road (B&R) Ini­tia­tive and the Guang­dong-Hong Kong-Ma­cao Greater Bay Area project, Sec­re­tary for Com­merce and Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Ed­ward Yau Tang-wah said on Wed­nes­day.

Speak­ing dur­ing a me­dia gath­er­ing, Yau said the gov­ern­ment’s Belt and Road Of­fice will be sub­or­di­nated to his bu­reau to de­sign poli­cies for Hong Kong as a pro­fes­sional ser­vice provider. Cur­rently the of­fice re­ports di­rectly to the chief ex­ec­u­tive.

Mean­while, Yau said he planned to ex­pand the Trade and In­dus­try Ad­vi­sory Board to in­clude more tal­ented peo­ple from di­ver­si­fied business sec­tors and fo­cus more on B&R and Greater Bay Area poli­cies.

He vowed to have more di­rect con­tact with cen­tral gov­ern­ment de­part­ments such as the Na­tional De­vel­op­ment and Re­form Com­mis­sion, the Min­istry of Com­merce and the Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs. This is to im­prove the city’s role in the coun­try’s over­all de­vel­op­ment.

The CEDB will also work on pro­vid­ing timely business in­for­ma­tion to lo­cal en­ter­prises, es­pe­cially in­for­ma­tion on ma­jor cen­tral gov­ern­ment poli­cies, to help lo­cal en­ter­prises grasp business op­por­tu­ni­ties in due course, Yau said.

The bu­reau opened a so­cial me­dia ac­count ded­i­cated to the cause on Wed­nes­day.

At the same oc­ca­sion as Yau, Sec­re­tary for Con­sti­tu­tional and Main­land Af­fairs Pa­trick Nip Tak-kuen noted that his bu­reau will work on help­ing Hong Kong peo­ple study, work and live in cities in the Greater Bay Area.

Sim­pli­fy­ing pro­ce­dures for Hong Kong peo­ple on the main­land will in­ten­sify the flow of skilled peo­ple, cap­i­tal and in­for­ma­tion between Hong Kong and main­land cities, Nip said.

He will make fre­quent visit to bay area cities dur­ing his term in an at­tempt to cre­ate bet­ter com­mu­ni­ca­tion with rel­e­vant main­land au­thor­i­ties on mu­tual de­vel­op­ment.

The SAR gov­ern­ment is in dis­cus­sions with Greater Bay Area cities on such fields as build­ing tech­nol­ogy and in­no­va­tion plat­forms and link­ing up in­fras­truc­ture fa­cil­i­ties, ac­cord­ing to Nip.

The Greater Bay Area, cov­er­ing 56,500 square-kilo­me­ters, com­prises Guangzhou, Shen­zhen, Zhuhai, Foshan, Zhong­shan, Dong­guan, Huizhou, Jiang­men and Zhao­qing in Guang­dong province, and Hong Kong and Ma­cao.

Sim­pli­fy­ing pro­ce­dures for Hong Kong peo­ple on the main­land will in­ten­sify the flow of skilled peo­ple, cap­i­tal and in­for­ma­tion.” Pa­trick Nip Tak-kuen, sec­re­tary for con­sti­tu­tional and main­land af­fairs

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