On September 2nd, the Southeast Asian Media Greater Bay Area Tour arrives in Guangzhou, with a launch ceremony being held at the Cantonese Opera Art Museum in the morning.
The launch ceremony [Photo: Newsgd.com]
During the week long tour, a media delegation consisting of over 30 journalists, including a dozen from Southeast Asian countries, such as Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, will visit five Guangdong cities in the GBA to sample the local culture and customs and see for themselves the developmental and technological achievements of this area. There are stories of collaboration between the GBA and Southeast Asia to share.
The media tour is being guided by the Internet News and Information Bureau of the Cyberspace Administration of China, and jointly hosted by Guangdong Provincial Information Office and the Guangdong Provincial Development and Reform Commission (The Office of the Leading Group for the Construction of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area).
According to Xu Hua, Deputy Head of Guangdong’s Provincial Information Office, the entire province is developing the GBA and accelerating all-round opening up; existing and potential collaboration between the GBA and Southeast Asia is well-positioned to maximise geographic advantages, complementary trade and profound relationship between the region’s cultures; with wide-ranging and specific collaboration benefitting people all across the region.
Xu hopes the event will enhance Southeast Asian people’s knowledge of Guangdong’s economic and social development and promote more cooperation and exchange between Guangdong and Southeast Asian countries.
During the launch ceremony, Cao Dahua, deputy director-general of the Guangdong Provincial Development and Reform Commission and executive deputy director-general of the Office of the Leading Group for the Construction of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, explained the progress and results in implementing the Outline Development Plan for the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area.
The Outline Development Plan for the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area was released on February 18th, 2019. Guangdong’s provincial government, consistent with the central government’s policy and plan, identified the development of the GBA as a significant opportunity and platform for a vision of Guangdong’s reform and opening up in the new era.
Recently, Guangdong government promulgated the Opinion on Implementing the Outline Development Plan for the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area and Guangdong’s Three-Year Action Plan for Building the Greater Bay Area. These form both a ‘blueprint’ and a ‘schedule’ for this significant undertaking and demand a gearing up of all-round opening up, enhancing integration in the GBA and providing strong support for the Belt and Road Initiative.
The Greater Bay Area has now entered a new stage of comprehensive development and in-depth promotion, according to Cao Dahua. Guangdong will now comprehensively and thoroughly implement the strategy put forward in the Outline Development Plan, making good use of the key tactic of reform and opening up, promoting the connection of the regulatory frameworks existing in Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao, accelerating the construction of international science and technology innovation centers.
Cao said Guangdong will seize on key points to develop the whole region, continuously promote the in-depth development of the Greater Bay Area to accelerate the cultivation of a ‘Great Market’ in the Bay Area.
Due to the fact that Hong Kong and Macao are already highly internationalized, the Greater Bay Area is looking to vigorously develop the markets in the countries along the Belt and Road.
Zhang Chunqing, deputy editor-in-chief of Southcn.com, said that he looks forward to taking the opportunity to go on a field trip with Southeast Asian journalists in the Greater Bay Area. “Through the journalists’ pens and lenses, we will show people in the Southeast Asia and even the international community a developing and energetic area, a world-class bay area”, said Zhang, “Newsgd.com, the main international media platform of Southcn.com, will work with Southeast Asian media to promote this cooperation.”
In the morning, the journalists sampled Guangzhou’s cultural heritage through visits to Yongqingfang and the Cantonese Opera Art Museum. In the afternoon, they paid a visit to the Development Exhibition Hall for Science Square in Guangzhou Development District, and Guangzhou Leafun Culture Science and Technology Co., Ltd.
Over the next few days, they will visit Dongguan, Shenzhen, Zhuhai and Zhongshan so as to gain a greater understanding as to the latest achievements in the development of the Greater Bay Area.
Authors: Monica, Hannah
Editors: Wing, Simon