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GBA News: 10/28/2021

HK universities need to play new role in GBA, official says: A Beijing official has called on Hong Kong universities to play a bigger role in the growth of the Greater Bay Area, which he describes as “indispensable to national development”. Jiang Jianxiang, of the central government’s liaison office in Hong Kong, acknowledged the contribution of the city’s universities to the country over the years, but said on Thursday their main task was shifting from helping mainland Chinese counterparts improve education standards to working in partnership with them to push forward development on a national level. SCMP

Finance firms seek easier border controls in HK: International financial firms have urged Hong Kong to ease its zero-Covid approach, as the government’s data showed that only one in five applicants were exempted from a tough quarantine rule since a waiver programme kicked off five months ago. SCMP

Foreign firms downbeat on cross-border business: Companies in Hong Kong remain deeply pessimistic over the prospect that cross-border business will improve any time soon, despite the city’s success in battling Covid-19 and government’s latest move to meet Beijing’s conditions for reopening. The American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong also expressed doubts the financial hub would move towards full restoration of international travel within the near future and warned the impact on firms could be larger than people expected. SCMP

Amnesty International to leave HK: Amnesty International will leave Hong Kong by the end of the year because the Beijing-imposed national security law has made its human rights work “effectively impossible”, the global agency has said. Amnesty, which established its presence in the city in 1990, said its office focusing on Hong Kong affairs would shut on October 31, while another dealing with regional affairs would close by the end of the year. The regional operations will be taken over by other offices in Asia-Pacific, with Taiwan, Seoul and Tokyo among the locations being discussed. The organisation already has offices in Bangkok and Colombo. SCMP

HK passes film censorship law: Legislators have passed a bill to toughen Hong Kong’s film censorship law, authorising the city’s No 2 official to ban productions that undermine national security and increasing the maximum jail term for anyone who screens movies already classified as a threat. SCMP

Macau scholar proposes long-term concessions: Tourism and hospitality scholar Glenn McCartney proposes that a long-term approach to the duration of the future gaming concessions is the option that best serves the interests of the region and the industry. In a Breakfast Meeting held by the France Macau Chamber of Commerce (FMCC) on Wednesday, McCartney, an associate professor at the University of Macau’s Faculty of Business Administration, suggested a scheme where during the concession period regular reviews could take place. “I’m going for the long game”, he stated during his presentation “ Macau’s casino concessions – Gambling on uncertainty?”, while noting that risks and uncertainties alongside operational costs should be considered when analysing the duration of the future gaming concessions. Macau Business

Third-party casino boss calls for clarity: Macau’s existing so-called satellite gaming venues are not likely to see their businesses discontinued by the city’s government as a result of a revision of Macau’s gaming law, suggested a satellite-property operator and several industry commentators in remarks to GGRAsia.But they added that the legal nature of such a satellite model, and public policy related to the model, were things that the city’s authorities needed to address. GGRAsia

Macau GP to go ahead, no sponsor: There will be no title sponsor for this year’s Macau Grand Prix, which will go ahead from November 19 to 21, but without a roster of international competitors, due to travel restrictions linked to the Covid-19 pandemic. Macau’s six casino licensees will each sponsor one of the six races at the meeting this year, it was announced on Monday at a press conference (pictured) by the organising committee. GGRAsia

Gaming revenues double (from low base): Macau’s gross gaming revenue (GGR) doubled from October 18 to 24, in line with the surge in tourist arrivals as border restrictions were eased following over a week of no new Covid-19 cases in the city. Brokerage firm Sanford C. Bernstein estimated a daily GGR of MOP157 million, raising hopes for gaming operators. The week prior, when strict border measures were implemented in the face of a new series of Covid-19 outbreaks starting in the last week of September, the city recorded a total GGR of just MOP79 million. Macau Daily Times