The bilateral talent movement between Hong Kong and the Greater Bay Area will be one of the focuses of a delegation led by chief executive John Lee Ka-chiu as the team comprised of a number of principal officials arrived in Guangzhou on Thursday morning.
“I have been expecting to visit Guangzhou and other mainland cities in the GBA immediately after the border reopened,” Lee wrote on social media.
“The full support by the Central Government, Guangzhou, and Shenzhen municipal government helped Hong Kong combat Covid
-19 and played a key role in keeping the SAR on track when returning to full normalcy.”
Lee added he has always encouraged his cabinet to align with Guangzhou province, Shenzhen city, and other GBA cities, including Macau, to contribute to the national 14th five-year plan and the construction of GBA.
Lee also said his delegation will proactively promote bilateral talent movement between the SAR and the GBA, cooperation in innovation technology and financial services, and development projects of Hong Kong tertiary education institutes in GBA cities.
The city leader continued that he has launched a Steering Group on Integration into National Development, chaired by himself, to push forward relevant works.
“I have every confidence that our team will make good use of Hong Kong's advantages to contribute to the high-quality development of the GBA and the great revival of the Chinese nation,” Lee also said.
The delegation later arrived in Shenzhen in the afternoon to meet with local leaders there, and Lee will return to Hong Kong this evening.
Meanwhile, 18 representatives from the senior management of Hong Kong media organizations, including Sing Tao News Corp's Co-Chief Executive Officer Cai Jin, began their three-day trip to GBA cities such as Nansha and Dongguan.