The leaders of Hong Kong and Guangdong seem in a hurry to walk the talk of the GBA masterplan, as they met yesterday to iron out details of some concrete next steps. Nothing major was announced, but it seems progress is coming “soon” in a few key areas, as Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam and Guangdong Governor Ma Xingrui signed an agreement on tasks that they can get done in 2019.
What precisely those tasks are, however, is for them to know and for the rest of us to find out in due course. But a few snippets were released to local media to whet our appetites. They include:
- The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge (HZMB) will be opened further to traffic. “Right now there are quota and license requirements for drivers who want to use the bridge, and the two governments agreed to relax them,” said Lam. While the details were still being drafted, members of local business chambers, universities and research institutions would benefit, she said.
- Guangdong is studying how GBA cities can open public service posts to Hong Kong and Macau residents. Details will come in the second half of the year.
- Guangdong will soon announce details on how Hong Kong and Macau higher education institutions and research institutes can access provincial funds for major technological projects.
- A GBA arts and culture festival is being planned.
- Numerous technology and innovation activities are in the works.
Needless to say, we expect more. A lot more.
Read more (in Chinese).