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NPC deputy advocates innovative cooperation between Guangdong and Macao

By Zhang Chen,  
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The "Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area" has become a hot term during this year's two sessions, drawing much attention from NPC deputies and CPPCC members.

NPC deputy Yu Tianliang proposed the integrated development of innovative cooperation between Guangdong and Macao. According to Yu, also vice general manager of Yunzhou-Tech Company based in Zhuhai City, as the main component of cooperation between the Chinese mainland and Macao, cooperation between Guangdong and Macao is crucial to promote the diversified economic growth in Macao and the regional industrial upgrading, Zhuhai Daily reports.

"The important aspect of the cooperation between Guangdong and Macao is to inject innovative vitality into Macao, to spur Macao's enthusiasm for innovation, to promote Macao's diversified development, to give more employment chances for the youth in Macao and to make it easier for young people to start their own businesses," said Yu.

The Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement (CEPA) and the Guangdong-Macao Cooperation Framework Agreement stipulates that Guangdong and Macao will jointly develop the Hengqin New Area, coordinate the development of relevant industries and infrastructure, speed up customs clearance, and develop cooperation guidelines on regional cooperation. Concrete progress has been made on these issues, Yu added.

"Traditionally, a city thriving on casinos, Macao is now attaching more importance to tourism, culture and trade sectors. However, its transformation has been constrained by its limited land area." said Yu.

While in the Chinese mainland, enthusiasm for technological innovation has been unleashed, major achievements have been made in several technological fields. A batch of new-emerging industries and technological enterprises with great advantages have enhanced the transformation and upgrading of the traditional industries. Market vigor and social creativity has been released, particularly in the Pearl River Delta.

Thus Yu suggests that the cooperation among Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao be taken into account when the country and Guangdong Province are planning the relevant scientific infrastructure and technological innovation centers, top-notch scientific research institutes or if universities from Hong Kong and Macao settle down in Hengqin to conduct scientific research. He also advocates better communication and cooperation with universities in Macao.

Yu suggests that the young people in Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao should be encouraged to start their own businesses and young people from Macao should be motivated to work in Guangdong, and the Guangdong provincial government should provide subsidies to them.