SAR urged to cap­i­tal­ize on re­form poli­cies

Wang praises Hong Kong’s role in na­tional de­vel­op­ment dur­ing 40 years of eco­nomic lib­er­al­iza­tion

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - HONG KONG - By LI BINGCUN bingcun@chi­nadai­lyhk.com

The cen­tral gov­ern­ment’s top li­ai­son of­fi­cial in the spe­cial ad­min­is­tra­tive re­gion has urged Hong Kong to seize the op­por­tu­ni­ties cre­ated by the na­tion’s lat­est ad­vances on its re­form and open­ing-up.

Wang Zhimin, di­rec­tor of the Li­ai­son Of­fice of the Cen­tral Peo­ple’s Gov­ern­ment in the Hong Kong SAR, made the call at the 2018 Boao Fo­rum for Asia Youth Sum­mit (Hong Kong) on Thurs­day.

He said the re­form and open­ing-up pol­icy has brought im­mense changes to the na­tion as a whole, as re­flected in in­creased pro­duc­tiv­ity, en­hanced liv­ing stan­dards and open­ing minds.

The ro­bust eco­nomic growth has also en­abled China to be­come the “engine” for the global econ­omy, with the world’s sec­ond-largest econ­omy hav­ing con­trib­uted about one-third to the world’s eco­nomic growth since 2012.

Hong Kong, a sig­nif­i­cant plat­form con­nect­ing the na­tion and world, has con­trib­uted a lot to na­tional de­vel­op­ment dur­ing the 40 years since the pol­icy was launched, and also ben­e­fited from it, said Wang.

Un­der the coun­try’s new round of re­form and openingup, which will be wider and deeper, Wang hopes the SAR could grasp the op­por­tu­ni­ties to achieve greater suc­cess.

Also speak­ing at the event, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Car­rie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor noted that China has de­vel­oped at an “as­ton­ish­ing” speed since it adopted the open­ing-up pol­icy.

“What has impressed me most in the past 40 years is that on top of pur­su­ing de­vel­op­ment our­selves, the na­tion is also ac­tively em­brac­ing the world with its own con­tri­bu­tions,” she said.

Be­sides eco­nomic per­for­mance, China has made a great im­pact on the global po­lit­i­cal arena, tech­nol­ogy and en­vi­ron­ment pro­tec­tion.

Cit­ing the on­go­ing in­au­gu­ral China In­ter­na­tional Im­port Expo in Shang­hai as an ex­am­ple, Lam said the coun­try’s first na­tional-level im­port-themed expo has at­tracted more than 3,600 en­ter­prises from more than 172 coun­tries and re­gions.

De­scrib­ing the event as a “break­through”, she felt “glo­ri­ous” that Hong Kong could play a role in it, with more than 160 en­ter­prises from the SAR par­tic­i­pat­ing. A 126-squareme­ter Hong Kong ex­hi­bi­tion area was set up to show­case the city’s gate­way to for­eign trade.

As the na­tion opens up fur­ther, Lam hopes Hong Kong youths could equip them­selves with an in­ter­na­tional out­look and tap op­por­tu­ni­ties beyond the city.

Vice-Min­is­ter of For­eign Af­fairs Li Baodong called on Hong Kong’s young­sters to grasp the “his­toric” op­por­tu­ni­ties of­fered by the na­tion’s two piv­otal strate­gies — the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive and the Guang­dong-Hong KongMa­cao Greater Bay Area.

Other guests at the event in­cluded Xie Feng, com­mis­sioner of the Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs in the HKSAR; Henry Tang Ying-yen, the SAR’s for­mer chief sec­re­tary for ad­min­is­tra­tion and now a mem­ber of the Stand­ing Com­mit­tee of the Na­tional Com­mit­tee of the Chi­nese Peo­ple’s Po­lit­i­cal Con­sul­ta­tive Con­fer­ence.

Launched in 2009, the fo­rum has ex­plored so­cial is­sues ex­ten­sively. This year’s event was co-or­ga­nized by the Boao Fo­rum for Asia and lo­cal youth group, the Y.Elites As­so­ci­a­tion. More than 1,500 guests, in­clud­ing po­lit­i­cal and busi­ness lead­ers, spe­cial­ists and schol­ars from Hong Kong and over­seas, also took part.

ROY LIU / CHINA DAILY

(From sixth left) Wang Zhimin,

Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Car­rie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor

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