The comprehensive strength of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area has been significantly enhanced, and the total economic volume has grown by about 2.4 trillion yuan in the past five years——

The tide is good for sailing in the Greater Bay Area (writing a new chapter)

  Our reporter Cheng Long

  "People's Daily" (Page 06, May 26, 2022)

  On the coast of the South China Sea, the wind is surging.

  In 2021, the total economic volume of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area will be about 12.6 trillion yuan, an increase of about 2.4 trillion yuan over 2017; 25 of the world's top 500 companies have entered the world, an increase of 8 over 2017; Guangdong Province has existing high-tech enterprises Over 60,000, most of which are in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, a net increase of more than 20,000 compared with 2017... Nearly five years after the official start of construction, the comprehensive strength of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area has been significantly enhanced, and the cooperation between Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macau has become more in-depth. People in the three places have a more fulfilling sense of achievement, and solid progress has been made in the construction of world-class bay areas and world-class urban agglomerations.

  "We must seize the great opportunity of building the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, join hands with Hong Kong and Macao to accelerate relevant work, and build a world-class bay area and a world-class city cluster." The construction of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area was personally planned, deployed and personally planned by General Secretary Xi Jinping. The major national strategy promoted is a new measure to promote the formation of a new pattern of comprehensive opening up in the new era, and also a new practice to promote the development of the "one country, two systems" cause.

  "9+2", 11 cities clenched their fingers into fists.

The Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area is deepening reform and opening up with greater courage.

With high-quality construction of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, this 56,000-square-kilometer land with a population of more than 80 million has shown unprecedented vitality.

Pilot Orientation

Draw a grand blueprint for development

  Adjacent to the Pearl River and the South China Sea, the nine cities in the Pearl River Delta, including Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Macao Special Administrative Region and Guangzhou City and Shenzhen City in Guangdong Province, form a chain of beads.

  The wind comes from the sea, and the tide surges in the Greater Bay Area.

General Secretary Xi Jinping has drawn a blueprint for the development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area with the vision of a statesman.

  In December 2012, General Secretary Xi Jinping came to Guangdong for his first inspection after the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China.

The general secretary pointed out that it is hoped that Guangdong will join hands with Hong Kong and Macao to build a world-class city cluster with more comprehensive competitiveness.

  On July 1, 2017, under the witness of General Secretary Xi Jinping, the National Development and Reform Commission and the governments of Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao jointly signed the Framework Agreement on Deepening Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Cooperation and Promoting the Construction of the Greater Bay Area. The construction of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area was officially launched. start up.

A few months later, the construction of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area was included in the report of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China.

  On December 18, 2017, General Secretary Xi Jinping pointed out at the Central Economic Work Conference that the construction of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area should be scientifically planned and the establishment of a coordination mechanism should be accelerated.

  On May 10 and May 31, 2018, General Secretary Xi Jinping presided over a meeting of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and a meeting of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee to review the planning outline.

  On October 23, 2018, General Secretary Xi Jinping came to Zhuhai to announce the official opening of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge.

During his inspection in Guangdong, General Secretary Xi Jinping emphasized that the construction of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area should be regarded as a major opportunity and a major article of Guangdong's reform and opening up, and we should pay close attention to it.

  In February 2019, the "Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area Development Planning Outline" was officially announced, which made a comprehensive plan for the strategic positioning, development goals and spatial layout of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area.

  Under the personal planning, deployment and promotion of General Secretary Xi Jinping, the construction of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area has ushered in a new stage of full implementation and accelerated progress.

  In March 2021, the "14th Five-Year Plan" and the outline of the long-term goals for 2035 proposed "high-quality construction of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area".

In September of that year, the "Overall Plan for the Construction of the Hengqin Guangdong-Macao Deep Cooperation Zone" and the "Comprehensive Deepening of the Reform and Opening-up Plan for the Qianhai Shenzhen-Hong Kong Modern Service Industry Cooperation Zone" were successively announced.

  The development of the Greater Bay Area presses the fast-forward button.

The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge, the Hong Kong Section of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong High Speed ​​Rail, Guangzhou Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao (International) Youth Innovation Workshop, Hengqin-Macao Youth Entrepreneurship Valley, Qianhai Shenzhen-Hong Kong Youth Dream Workshop... One after another major infrastructure projects have been completed one by one. The innovation and entrepreneurship platform took root.

Collaborative Innovation

In-depth cooperation among the three places

  On the Lingding Ocean with blue sea and blue sky, bridges and towers go straight into the clouds, and sections of immersed tunnels dive into the sea.

On April 22, with the installation of the last surface net in place, the catwalk of the Lingdingyang Bridge in the Shenzhen-Zhongshan Corridor was fully connected, marking the completion of the construction of the bridge's aerial construction channel.

  After the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge, the Shenzhen-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge is another super sea-crossing cluster project integrating "bridges, islands, tunnels, and underwater communication".

After the opening to traffic, the commute time from Shenzhen to Zhongshan will be reduced from the current 2 hours to 30 minutes.

  "We must seize the major historical opportunity of the construction of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, promote the convergence of rules and mechanisms for the economic operation of the three places, accelerate the construction of the intercity railway in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, promote the efficient and convenient flow of various elements such as personnel and goods, and improve the The level of market integration." General Secretary Xi Jinping pointed out.

  From promoting infrastructure interconnection to enhancing the level of market integration, from exploring scientific and technological innovation cooperation to planning to build an industrial system for coordinated development, in recent years, Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao have been united to seize opportunities, in-depth cooperation, and orderly progress.

  Roads are connected to industry, roads are connected to people - the "Greater Bay Area on the track" is being formed at an accelerated pace, and a "1-hour living circle" is basically formed: the railway operating mileage in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area is nearly 2,500 kilometers; the efficiency of customs clearance at the three ports is substantial Improve, innovate and implement "one-stop customs clearance", "cooperative inspection, one-time release" and other convenient customs clearance modes; the formation of world-class airport clusters and port clusters in the Greater Bay Area is accelerating, with the airport cluster handling capacity exceeding 200 million passengers and port container throughput. The quantity exceeds 80 million TEUs.

  Alignment of rules and mechanisms—the “soft connectivity” of the three places has been continuously deepened, and the construction of a new open economy system has been accelerated. Measures such as “Shenzhen-Hong Kong Stock Connect”, “Southbound Connect” for bonds, and “Cross-border Wealth Management Connect” have been implemented, and the RMB has become the The largest settlement currency for cross-border receipts and payments in Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao; unilateral recognition drives mutual recognition in Guangdong, and more than 3,000 Hong Kong and Macao professionals in 8 fields such as doctors, teachers, and tour guides have obtained the qualifications for registration in the Mainland; "Transformation of the Pearl River Delta", the coordinated development model of the technology industry has gradually taken shape.

  From the Hong Kong Science Park, which focuses on artificial intelligence, biomedicine and other fields, to the Hengqin Guangdong-Macao Cooperation Traditional Chinese Medicine Technology Industrial Park, which focuses on biomedicine and general health industries; from the China Spallation Neutron Source in Songshan Lake Science City, to the Hetao Deep The Futian International Quantum Research Institute in the Hong Kong Science and Technology Innovation Cooperation Zone... Under the guidance of the innovation-driven development strategy, the circulation of key elements such as capital, technology, talents, and information in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area has accelerated, and a number of major scientific and technological innovation projects have continued to emerge. The technological innovation capability of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area is being completely improved.

  From the former lychee forest to today's highland of innovative talents, the "dark horse of innovation" in Dongguan Songshan Lake High-tech Zone has attracted the attention of the world.

"Songshan Lake provides us with a good entrepreneurial environment. Coupled with relevant policy support and a high-quality supply chain, entrepreneurs can focus on product development. In the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, product iteration is faster and costs are lower." Yunjing Zhang Junbin, founder of Smart Technology (Dongguan) Co., Ltd.

  The China (Shenzhen) Comprehensive Development Research Institute recently released a report predicting that by 2030, the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area will have more than 10 global science and technology giants and more than 100 unicorn companies. There will be more than 1,000 "special new" enterprises, and the scale of strategic emerging industries will reach the trillion-dollar level.

Seize the opportunity

Integrate into the overall situation of national development

  Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao have the same cultural origin, close relationship, similar folk customs, and complementary advantages.

  "For Hong Kong and Macau, 'one country, two systems' is the biggest advantage, national reform and opening up is the biggest stage, and the implementation of national strategies such as the joint construction of the 'Belt and Road' and the construction of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area is a new major opportunity." President Xi Jinping The secretary has long-term plans for the future development of Hong Kong and Macau.

  By the Shenzhen Bay, the sky is clear and the air is clear.

Qianhai Stone stands on the seaside, witnessing the rapid development and changes of Qianhai, a cooperation zone "born due to Shenzhen-Hong Kong cooperation and prospered by cooperation between Shenzhen and Hong Kong": the total economic volume has reached the order of 100 billion and continues to increase; in 2021, The number of Hong Kong-funded enterprises in the local area increased by 156% year-on-year, and the actual use of Hong Kong capital was 5.06 billion US dollars, a year-on-year increase of 33%; a total of 685 institutional innovation achievements were launched, and 65 were replicated and promoted nationwide; Hong Kong and Macao professionals such as tax accountants, architects, and tour guides In Qianhai, you only need to file a record to practice...

  The entrepreneurial dream of Hong Kong youth Chen Sheng started in Qianhai.

He often recalls the days when he started a business in Qianhai Shenzhen-Hong Kong Youth Dream Factory, "This is where my dreams come true."

As of the first quarter of 2022, Qianhai Shenzhen-Hong Kong Youth DreamWorks has incubated a total of 578 entrepreneurial teams.

  "The Greater Bay Area is full of opportunities." This is the reason why many young people from Hong Kong and Macau choose to take root in the Greater Bay Area.

  Hengqin Island, which used to be "green banana forests and sparse farms" in the past, is now full of avenues and high-rise buildings, full of opportunities and vitality.

Hengqin Headquarters Building, Hengqin International Business Center, Hengqin International Financial Center, Guangdong-Macao Cooperation Traditional Chinese Medicine Science and Technology Industrial Park... Overlooking the Hengqin Free Trade Area, platform carriers for the diversified development of Macao's industries have sprung up.

  There are more than 4,800 Macao-funded enterprises in Hengqin, and 20 various national and provincial technology innovation platforms; the "Macao New Neighborhood" project will provide Macao residents with about 4,000 houses and about 200 houses for rent only but not for sale. The construction of Hengqin Hospital of the First Affiliated Hospital of Guangzhou Medical University and the Hengqin International Life Science Center has accelerated... The integration of Zhuhai and Macao people's livelihood draws a larger "concentric circle".

  “The construction of the Greater Bay Area has provided us with a once-in-a-lifetime development opportunity.” Macau entrepreneurial youth Zhou Yunxian and five other Macau youths came to Hengqin in 2015 and chose to start businesses in the field of cross-border digital trade, “We deeply feel the central government’s support for Macau The strength and determination of young people to innovate and start businesses deeply feel that the business environment in Hengqin continues to improve. We must seize the opportunity to create our own brand and contribute to the construction of the Greater Bay Area!"

  Lingdingyang is full of blue waters, and the Pearl River Estuary is turbulent.

This dynamic and internationally competitive first-class bay area and world-class urban agglomeration is rising in this hot land with great momentum!

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