We always pride ourselves on our strengths in financial services, trade, communications and international business
, but seem to forget that other key element which underscores most world-class cities, which is liveability
, and art and culture play a significant role in this. Most cities at the top of the global liveability chart, such as New York, London, Vancouver and Berlin, have a common feature: their rich cultural heritage and a vibrant arts scene.
Unfortunately, Hong Kong is under threat. Shanghai has been forging ahead in finance. Shenzhen has also thundered forward in the past decade
in the IT sector, and is now pushing hard to become a creative and cultural capital. If we want to maintain our position as Asia’s World City
, we have to ride on the West Kowloon hub to further boost our art and culture sector.
We have fallen behind Shenzhen in innovation and technology, but we can close the gap by excelling in arts and culture, given our rich cultural heritage and talent, and creative youth. This will help us to regain our competitive position as the “cultural gateway” in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area