Macau Chief Executive Office Chui Sai On met with CPC Zhuhai Municipal Committee Secretary Guo Yonghang and Zhuhai Mayor Yao Yisheng on 4 April to exchange views on further deepening Zhuhai-Macau co-operation and the strengthening of ties in areas such as finance via Hengqin.
Chui Sai On welcomed Guo and his delegation and recalled that Macau and Zhuhai have established an cooperation relationship, primarily through the Guangdong-Macau Cooperation Framework Agreement. He reiterated his belief that it will benefit further cooperation between the two territories.
Chui underscored the importance of strengthening regional cooperation, the development of Macau’s financial sector and its integration into the development of the Greater Bay Area, noting the significance of these measures for the adequate diversification of Macau’s economy and sustainable future development.
In turn, Guo gave a brief presentation on development trends in Zhuhai before pointing out that the cooperation opportunities between the two territories are numerous due to the launch of the Greater Bay Development Plan and the soon to open Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge.
Regarding Hengqin’s exploration, Guo believes that both governments can take advantage of existing policies for the development of high quality services, tourism and cultural and creative industries, together maximizing the potential of the island.
Zhuhai will also use Hengqin Free Trade Zone as a platform to strengthen cooperation in key areas such as finance and efforts will be made to build the FTZ into a Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau in-depth cooperation demonstration zone.
Meanwhile, the Secretary for Economy and Finance, Lionel Leong, who attended the meeting, reiterated that in recent years, cooperation between Zhuhai and Macau has been more active and effective.
He added that the consolidation of regional cooperation is an important policy to support the adequate diversification of Macau’s economy. The secretary believes that the cooperation of these two cities, especially on Hengqin Island, will advance further.
The 2nd 21st Century Maritime Silk Road China (Guangdong) International Communication Forum dealt with a range of strategic issues including Guangdong Province’s brand image building and dissemination, scientific and technological innovation and construction of the Greater Bay Area.
The forum was coordinated by the GMTCM Park – the first project jointly developed in Hengqin by the governments of Macau and Zhuhai.
Zhuhai issued its first five-year mainland residence permit on 9 September 2018 to a Macau citizen living in the city. According to government information, 751 more eligible individuals from Macau, Hong Kong and Taiwan have now received permits.
From 19 to 21 September, the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road Forum on International Communication, China (Guangdong) will be held at Zhuhai International Convention & Exhibition Centre in Hengqin New Area. It is the second edition of the annual event.
The 2018 Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area Women’s Innovation and Startup Competition launched in Hengqin on 6 September.