Guangzhou to further involve in GBA construction: Zhou Jianjun

2019-01-03 11:19:40 Newsgd.com Newsgd.com

Zhou Jianjun, Director-General in Development and Reform Commission of Guangzhou Municipal Government and Director of Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area Affairs Office of Guangzhou’s Municipal Government. (Photo by Zhang Chenping, Southcn.com)

Editor’s Note

The Construction of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (GBA) has been proposed and initiated by President Xi Jinping. Last year, when inspecting Guangdong, Xi called on that Guangdong should establish the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area as the province’s main task to further reform and opening up.

In light of this, Nanfang Media Group has planned the special report of Dialogues with Bay Area Movers & Shakers in the new round of Reform and Opening Up, inviting senior government officials, scholars and practitioners to share their views on GBA development.

The past four decades of reform and opening-up have seen the city of Guangzhou, capital of South China’s Guangdong province, known for its prosperous international trade as well as advanced manufacturing industry, make great efforts to step out of its comfort zone and expand its reach. Now, the city aims to be a hotbed of innovation.

Cooperation mechanisms have been established, policies implemented and a tremendous amount of investment injected, as one of the key cities of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (GBA), Guangzhou has started a joint journey with Shenzhen, Hong Kong and Macao to establish the area as an international sci-tech innovation hub, said Zhou Jianjun, Director-General in Development and Reform Commission of Guangzhou Municipal Government and Director of Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area Affairs Office of Guangzhou’s Municipal Government.

Zhou made the remarks in an exclusive interview with Southcn.com and Newsgd.com, sharing his opinions on Guangzhou’s role and future plans regarding the development of the GBA.

Sci-tech innovation has been key in Guangzhou's construction of GBA. (File photo from Nanfang Daily)

Cooperation mechanism established to boost Sci-tech innovation

Zhou emphasized that the construction of the GBA is a national-level strategy both proposed and initiated by the Central Committee. Guangzhou is sparing no efforts on the construction in accordance with the Central Committee and Provincial Government’s allocation and requirements.

Zhou introduced that a special cooperation mechanism with the Central Government, as well as Hong Kong and Macao has been established, including cooperation in terms of sci-tech innovation, infrastructure projects, modern industry development, environmental protection, bio-pharmaceuticals, IP protection, encouraging young people from Hong Kong and Macao to develop start-ups and regional tourism integration.

Zhou stressed that sci-tech innovation has been key in the construction and that to develop the area an international sci-tech innovation center requires the reallocation of the sci-tech resources across the GBA, especially those in Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Hong Kong and Macao.

At present Guangzhou is devoting itself to establishing cooperative platforms to boost sci-tech innovation in the GBA, including the Sino-Singapore Guangzhou Knowledge City (SSGKC), Guangzhou Science City (GSC) and Nansha Sci-tech Innovation Base. Moreover, Guangzhou will focus on industrial development in terms of IT, Bio-pharmaceuticals, AI, new energy, new materials, digital economy, maritime economy and so on.

Zhou said that the Guangzhou Government and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) have agreed to co-build the campus of HKUST (Guangzhou) in Nansha, aiming to combine Hong Kong’s advanced R&D ability and Guangzhou’s solid industrial base, and focus on AI, bio-pharmaceuticals and advanced manufacturing.

Guangzhou intended to make itself an international hub for shipping, aviation and railway, and join hands with Hong Kong and Macao to explore opportunities alongside countries in Belt and Road. (File photo from Nanfang Daily)

Make Guangzhou an international hub

At the same time, Zhou indicated that Guangzhou intended to make itself an international hub for shipping, aviation and railway, and join hands with Hong Kong and Macao to explore opportunities alongside countries in Belt and Road, making the GBA a crucial pivot for the Belt and Road Initiative and improving the international competitiveness and influence of the area.

Besides, Guangzhou plans to actively step up the international value chain of innovation resources. Guangzhou will continue to cooperate with Hong Kong and Macao to contact certain international innovation groups and bring in innovative industries, raising our status in the global value chain and improve Guangzhou’s international influences and ability in innovation and research.

Also, more high-level international conferences and forums will be introduced, to improve Guangzhou’s international reputation and influence.

Thanks in large part to this continued emphasis on development, Guangzhou has now made it into the alpha category of first-tier global cities, according to the latest world city ranking issued by Globalization and World Cities Research Network (GaWC).

Supervisor: Liu Jianneng, Hu Zhiyong

Planning: Chen Bangming, Tang Lina, Zhang Ying, Liu Yi, He Jingwen

Reporters: Zhang Chenping, Hu Nan, Huang Shumin

Video: Liu Zeqi

Photography: Zhang Chenping

Script: Lu Fei

Film-editor: Zhang Qida

English editor: Ouyang Yan, Simon Haywood

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