On May 24, 19 national academicians gave suggestions on Guangdong's innovation on a forum covering issues of high-end industry, scientific cooperation and transportation, etc.
Innovation in regional cooperation:
PRD region should deepen connection with surrounding area
The PPRD region involves 9 provinces along the Pearl Delta Region and HK, Macao as above.
Lu Dadao, an academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences and an economic geographer, thought that Pan Pearl River Delta economic cooperation zone comes into being now. It is consisted of PRD city group (with the core of Guangzhou, Shenzhen and HK) and most areas of south and southwest China..
To establish the economic cooperation zone well can also benefit PRD cities. However, those surrounding regions and cities of PRD are relatively underdeveloped on transportation. Thus, Lu gave advice to launch large-scale development along the Xijiang River (the main stream of Pearl River) including construction of water transportation, highway and railway, it helps to connect with PRD region as well as international market.