The Pearl River Delta Metropolis Summit (Hong Kong)

Date: 2010-01-26

Time: 8:30am - 4:20pm

Address:  Four Seasons Grand Ballroom, Level 2, Four Seasons Hotel, 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong

Bauhinia Foundation Research Centre is an independent policy think tank set up in March 2006 to focus on Hong Kong’s long-term competitiveness. One key area of research interests is the economic integration of cities, including Hong Kong and the rest of the Pearl River Delta (PRD) Region of China.

According to the Centre’s study, there is already considerable economic and social integration in the PRD, and the Region has the potential of developing itself into China’s first world-class metropolis in the next three decades. Our economic projections show that the emergence of the metropolis will bring the economies of Hong Kong and Macao an additional growth of 3.1 billion, 8 billion and 18.3 billion HKD in 2010, 2020 and 2030 respectively. With the Region’s GDP reaching 27 trillion USD by 2038, the economic scale of the Region will likely be comparable to that of New York metropolitan.

Since its release in October 2008, the Centre’s Pearl River Delta Metropolis study has generated overwhelming responses in Hong Kong, the mainland and overseas. Three months later, the National Development and Reform Commission laid out its Outline of the Plan for the Reform and Development of the PRD, a national strategic blueprint for the long-term planning of the PRD. The Bauhinia PRD Metropolis Summit was held on the occasion of the first anniversary of the Outline to review the latest developments in the Region and look into the opportunities and challenges ahead.

Organized jointly with the Guangdong's Association for Promotion of Cooperation between Guangdong, Hong Kong & Macao, the Summit was the Part One of a two-part Summit that brought together top government officials, business leaders, academics and internationally renowned experts to address issues pertaining to the future development of the PRD Metropolis, including global trends of city developments, environmental conservation, financial cooperation and upgrading of industries.


Featured Speakers

Henry Tang

Chief Secretary for Administration, HKSARG

Wan Qingliang

Vice Governor, The People’s Government of Guangdong Province

Edward Yau

Secretary for the Environment, HKSARG

Norman Chan

Chief Executive, Hong Kong Monetary Authority

Prof. Xiao Jincheng

Deputy Director, Institute of Spatial Planning & Regional Economy, National Development and Reform Commission

Prof. Lawrence Lau

Vice-Chancellor, CUHK