Greater Bay Area

Southern China's megalopolis
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The 'Greater Bay Area' refers to the Chinese government's scheme to link the cities of Hong Kong, Macau, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Foshan, Zhongshan, Dongguan, Huizhou, Jiangmen and Zhaoqing into an integrated economic and business hub.

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The rule of law, free flow of information, economic freedom, growth opportunities and good governance are what foreign firms seek
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Hong Kong needs bold, innovative planning that puts people first and promotes social inclusiveness and collaboration from the bottom up to make the Qianhai plan a success.
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Hong Kong authorities’ dedication to the cause of promoting and enforcing national security is impressive. So why have successive governments been unable to address the city’s deep-rooted problems?
SCMP ColumnistPeter Kammerer
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New and broad plans being rolled out within the Greater Bay Area will deepen and widen the mutual access of Hong Kong and Shenzhen in the financial markets.
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Qianhai’s expansion underlines Beijing’s preference for slow and steady, baby-step reforms. With its potential role in the development and adoption of regulations and institutions that can integrate the region as a whole, the Qianhai plan is a step in the right direction.
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As Hong Kong marks more than 21 days with no local Covid-19 infections, the question is when will quarantine-free travel be able to resume?
Carrie Lam speaks of a prosperous future while the city faces a demographic emergency. How does she plan to replenish a population declining by the thousands?
SCMP ColumnistPeter Kammerer
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As Greater Bay Area cities brag about their strengths, what about enabling unfettered movement of workers in the region and harmonising tax arrangements? We have much to learn from the EU, where leaders have found common ground on developing shared practices while protecting local autonomy.
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As more Greater Bay Area companies look to offshore production, Asean can boost its workforce training and infrastructure to make the region more attractive.
Exchange programmes involving city and mainland officers are aimed at improving understanding and cooperation in the integrated economic and business hub.
Hong Kong is a microcosm for the future of fintech and the global financial centre for the Asian Century. The Greater Bay Area will consolidate its position as Asia’s financial hub and provide an even stronger case for companies to scale up.
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