GBA Briefs: 4/2/2020

Dongguan recovering? Nearly all of Dongguan 284 major projects have resumed construction, with Metro projects in particular resuming peak activity, the city government has said. DGT. However, an SCMP reporter took a look around Dongguan recently and had this to say:  “But the quiet streets of the city tell another story. While there is a dearth of hard data to show the state of manufacturing in Dongguan, anecdotal evidence indicates unemployment and factory closures are getting serious, damaging factories that have been in the city for decades and contributed to China’s export boom.” SCMP.

Hubei workers return: Guangdong was the quickest and most active province in getting Hubei’s migrant workers back to their jobs, data from a consultancy shows. More than half of all the point-to-point trains laid on for Hubei’s migrant workers nationwide went to Guangzhou South Station. Shenzhen, meanwhile, was the city that arranged the most point-to-point long-distance buses for Hubei’s migrant workers. SCN.

 Foshan spends 100m: Foshan, Guangdong’s third-richest city after Guangzhou and Shenzhen, will distribute 100 million yuan of e-coupons in batches, to both residents and tourists. These can be spent in catering, accommodation, scenic tourism, and beauty services. They began to be distributed yesterday and will continue until April 20. SCN.

Boost for property agents: Shenzhen’s property agents are getting some official support to resume normal sales activities. A new notice says that building management must now “provide necessary convenience” for owners or tenants to conduct site visits, and “shall not obstruct eligible real estate agencies and employees from conducting normal business activities for unjustified reasons.” SZN.

SMEs seek cash: Half of Shenzhen’s SMEs say they need rental and other forms of relief to recover from the coronavirus outbreak, and 80% are hoping for cash subsidies from the government, a survey has shown. Around one-third of the respondents said their business was likely to experience a 50% plunge in revenues during the first half of this year. SZN.

Shenzhen Food Festival: The 2020 Shenzhen Food Festival began yesterday. It will run for the rest of April, involving 50,000 merchants offering special discounts on F&B, both via delivery and dining-in. The event is being backed by Meituan Dianping, which will chip in with a 20 million yuan promotional spending package, including consumer red envelopes, discount packages, and reduction of distribution fees. About 70% of the city’s catering businesses are understood to have resumed full production so far. SZN.

Guangzhou AI zone: Guangzhou has held a ceremony for the launch of a new “Artificial Intelligence Demonstration Zone” in its Huangpu district, which has already attracted 63 projects worth more than 183 billion yuan. Leju.

Court goes online: The Guangdong High Court has enabled litigants in Hong Kong and Macau to register via an online platform for notarization and authorization involving cases inside the province. This has apparently resulted in significant costs and timing savings, as the parties do not need to travel between the jurisdictions. SCN.

Zhuhai embraces Macau: Zhuhai has released a list of 46 priorities for reform in the coming years, foremost of which is deepening its support of, and cooperation with, Macau. The list specifically mentions that “Macau’s international free port systems and policies will be extended to Hengqin, including a sophisticated ‘negative list’ for market access, hierarchical management policies, and cross-border taxation services”. SCN

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