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First Greater Bay Area symposium held in Tokyo

First Greater Bay Area symposium held in Tokyo

Writer: | Editor: Holly Wang | From: | Updated: 2019-04-11

Chinese Ambassador to Japan Cheng Yonghua speaks at Tuesday's symposium. Xinhua

A symposium for the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area was held in Tokyo, capital of Japan, on Tuesday to introduce the Greater Bay Area and seek cooperation in developing the area between China and Japan.

The event, jointly held by Guangdong Province, Hong Kong and Macao, was attended by more than 1,000 people from the political and business sectors of the two countries.

While delivering an opening speech, Chinese Ambassador to Japan Cheng Yonghua said the Greater Bay Area is a new attempt by China to forge a new pattern of comprehensive development in the new era.

He hopes that through the event, participants will learn more about Guangdong Province, Hong Kong and Macao as well as the Greater Bay Area.

Noting that Guangdong Province and Japan share close economic and trade cooperation, Guangdong Governor Ma Xing-rui called for enhanced cooperation and exchanges between the Greater Bay Area and Japan in such areas as manufacturing, science and innovation, transport, and people’s livelihood.

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam gave a detailed introduction of the Greater Bay Area and Hong Kong’s role in the area. She called on Japanese companies to seize the business opportunities brought by the development of the Greater Bay Area.

Sonia Chan, Macao’s secretary for administration and justice, said that Macao is one of the “central cities” in the Greater Bay Area and also an important juncture of the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road.

Speaking highly of the Greater Bay Area’s economic achievements and its openness, Yoshihiro Seki, Japan’s state minister of economy, trade and industry, said Japan and the Greater Bay Area have a close economic connection, and the development of the Greater Bay Area is a great opportunity for Japanese firms.

After the symposium, a panel discussion on development and cooperation opportunities was also held.

The Greater Bay Area consists of Hong Kong, Macao and nine cities in Guangdong — Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Foshan, Huizhou, Dongguan, Zhongshan, Jiangmen and Zhaoqing.

Covering a total area of 56,000 square kilometers, the area had a combined population of about 70 million at the end of 2017 and its GDP reached around 10 trillion yuan (US$1.48 trillion) in 2017.

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