William Wong Kam-fai, a member of the 14th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, who is also associate dean of the Faulty of Engineering at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, introduces on Wednesday his proposals to further strengthen coordination among cities of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area. (WILLIAM XU / CHINA DAILY)
A Hong Kong member of the nation’s top advisory body, who is also a veteran engineering scholar, hopes the cities of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area can further strengthen coordination by setting clear indicators to measure intercity cooperation and establishing a designated organization to jointly manage the Lok Mak Chau Loop area.
Spearheading the proposals is William Wong Kam-fai, a member of the 14th National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, who is also associate dean of the Faulty of Engineering at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He said he will present the proposals during the nation’s two sessions, which will kick off on Saturday.
At a media briefing on Wednesday, CPPCC member William Wong Kam-fai said he hopes authorities in the GBA region can set specific indicators to measure and boost intercity cooperation in trade, finance, technology and infrastructure
At a media briefing on Wednesday, Wong said he hopes authorities in the GBA region can set specific indicators to measure and boost intercity cooperation in trade, finance, technology and infrastructure.
Wong said he believes the indicators should be based on the Greater Bay Area’s shared interests to promote the cluster’s innovation technology, living environment, modern and competitive industrial systems, as well as the collective contribution to the Belt and Road Initiative.
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Every year, each GBA city should update the cooperation indicators and progress with other cities in the area and also the central government, enabling them to keep abreast of the latest situation and achieve better coordination, Wong said.
The scholar also suggested putting the Shenzhen-Hong Kong Innovation and Technology Co-operation Zone at Lok Mak Chau Loop under the joint management of authorities of Shenzhen, Hong Kong, and the nation’s Ministry of Science and Technology.
The inno-tech zone is in the border area of Hong Kong and Shenzhen. The first phase of buildings of the project is expected to be completed in 2024.
He explained the co-management mode is beneficial to the zone’s development, as the ministry can better coordinate Shenzhen and Hong Kong governments and make appropriate decisions for the GBA’s common interests.
Wong added that as a CPPCC National Committee member, he will also strive to promote the flow of professionals, capital, cargo and data in the cooperation zone in his term.
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Wong also paid close attention to the wider adoption of green energies in the GBA. To further the city’s mission to reach carbon neutral by 2050, he encouraged Hong Kong to explore new modes with GBA mainland cities in co-developing and utilizing clean energy, especially hydrogen.