Source: Hong Kong Information Services
Chief Executive Carrie Lam today visited Guangzhou and Shenzhen to meet the leaders of Guangdong Province and Shenzhen to discuss how to take forward together the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area development and further co-operation.
In the morning, Mrs Lam met CPC Guangdong Provincial Committee Secretary Li Xi and Guangdong Governor Ma Xingrui.
She thanked Guangdong Province for its long-standing support for Hong Kong during the COVID-19 epidemic, including helping with the implementation of anti-epidemic measures at various boundary control points.
The Chief Executuve noted that the majority of support team members who came to Hong Kong earlier to help with the Universal Community Testing Programme were from Guangdong.
She expressed hope that after Hong Kong has further controlled the epidemic, cross-boundary travel between the people of Guangdong and Hong Kong, with exemption of compulsory quarantine, can resume in a gradual and orderly manner as soon as possible.
Mrs Lam said she is confident of the prospects of Guangdong-Hong Kong co-operation down the road, in particular the bay area development, given Hong Kong’s unique advantages and the co-operation foundation built over the years between the two places.
She also noted that the Leading Group for the Development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area led by State Council Vice Premier Han Zheng announced in batches a host of policy initiatives to support the bay area development, many of which had been implemented, including measures facilitating Hong Kong residents, in particular young people, to work, study and live in the bay area.
Mrs Lam pointed out that she discussed with the leaders of the ministries and commissions support measures for the Hong Kong SAR’s economy by the central government in Beijing, with the implementation of some of them requiring Guangdong’s support.
Noting that the proposals for the nation’s 14th Five-Year Plan and Long-Range Objectives Through the Year 2035 were promulgated earlier, in which the development of a high-quality bay area was mentioned, she hoped the two governments would work together to contribute to the development of the nation and the bay area.
Mrs Lam attended a lunch hosted by Mr Li before departing for Shenzhen.
In the afternoon, the Chief Executive met CPC Shenzhen Municipal Committee Secretary Wang Weizhong and Shenzhen Mayor Chen Rugui.
On the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the Shenzhen Special Economic Zone, Mrs Lam extended her congratulations to Shenzhen on its distinguished achievements over the past 40 years.
Pointing out that Hong Kong made contributions in the course of Shenzhen’s developments in the past and was also the beneficiary, she believes that the close and mutually beneficial relationship can be further strengthened in the future.
Mrs Lam added the country recently promulgated policy initiatives on the development of Shenzhen and that the Hong Kong SAR Government is studying them intensively to explore further room for collaboration in areas including the promotion of innovation and technology (I&T), attracting talent, improving people’s livelihoods and facilitating movement of major production factors to raise Hong Kong-Shenzhen co-operation to a higher level.
Pointing out in particular that the Ministry of Science & Technology expressed staunch support for co-operation between Hong Kong and Shenzhen on I&T, Mrs Lam expressed the hope that while taking forward the development of the Hong Kong/Shenzhen Innovation & Technology Park in the Loop, both places could implement enhanced collaborative measures in the Shenzhen-Hong Kong Innovation & Technology Co-operation Zone in Shenzhen as soon as possible to contribute to the development of an international I&T hub in the bay area.
She also thanked the Shenzhen Municipal Government for its support for Hong Kong amid the epidemic, including helping with the construction of community treatment facilities and a temporary hospital as commissioned by the central government.
Secretary for Transport & Housing Frank Chan, Secretary for Food & Health Prof Sophia Chan, Secretary for Innovation & Technology Alfred Sit, Secretary for Constitutional & Mainland Affairs Erick Tsang, Secretary for Financial Services & the Treasury Christopher Hui and Chief Executive’s Office Director Chan Kwok-ki also joined the meetings, while Secretary for Security John Lee attended the meeting with the Shenzhen leaders.
They also attended a dinner hosted by Mr Wang and returned to Hong Kong in the evening.