The HZMB brings opportunities beyond boundaries

Date: 2015-05-09

Time: 2:30pm - 5:00pm

Address:  Lim Por Yen Lecture Theatre, HKAM Jockey Club Building, 99 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Aberdeen, Hong Kong

Upon completion of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge (HZMB), it will take only 3 hours from Hong Kong to the Western Pearl River Delta (PRD) region by vehicles. The bridge not only will substantially reduce both transportation cost and time, it will also enhance the economic integrations between the three cities. The development of various industries, investment and economy in these cities will be immensely benefited, creating a triple-win situation.

The Bauhinia Foundation Research Centre (the Centre) and the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Bureau of Zhuhai had jointly organised a pioneering seminar last year on exploring opportunities for regional cooperation. This year, the ‘2015 Seminar on Strengthening Hong Kong-Zhuhai Cooperation’ was taken place in Hong Kong to discuss trade cooperation and tourism development between Hong Kong and Zhuhai.

In addition to the presence of the Centre’s Chairman Dr Donald Li, Vice-chairman Mr Ming-wai Lau, Director Mr Lawrence Lee and Director of the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Bureau of Zhuhai Mr Zhou Jianchun, we were delighted to have Professor Anthony Cheung, Secretary for Transport and Housing of HKSARG as our Keynote Speaker. Other guest speakers included Mr Niu Jing, Member of Zhuhai Municipal Party Leading Group and Director of the Administrative Committee of Hengqin New Area; Professor Zhang Guangnan, Associate Professor at the Centre for Studies of Hong Kong, Macao and Pearl River Delta, Sun Yat-sen University; Mr Li Guoping, Director of Guangdong Tourism Research Centre; Mr Anthony Lau, Executive Director of the Hong Kong Tourism Board; Mr Nicholas Kwan, Director of Research of HKTDC and Professor Haiyan Song, Associate Dean (Research) and Chair Professor of School of Hotel and Tourism Management of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

The Centre’s Chairman Dr Li delivered the opening remarks, ‘According to estimation, the number of visitor arrivals through the HZMB would reach a maximum of 230,000 every day. Hong Kong could make good use of geographic advantages to develop “bridgehead economy”: developing Northeast Lantau to a leisure, recreational and international tourism node and further facilitating the development of Disneyland; turning East Lantau into a brand new commercial centre; promoting conservation, cultural and green tourism in remaining areas, which could create abundant business and employment opportunities.’

However, the challenges facing the bridge should not be neglected. Dr Li said, ‘Upon the commissioning of the HZMB, could Lantau Island afford the increasing number of cross-boundary visits and vehicle flows? Also, if tourism is the emphasis of future development of Lantau Island, would economic and employment structure of the area become excessive homogenous? We need to address these concerns.”

Guest speakers also shared views on strategic positioning of Hong Kong and Zhuhai in various sessions of the seminar, and provided many inspirational suggestions for future development of regional cooperation within these three areas.

The thought-provoking seminar was attended by around 200 registered participants. The Centre will seek to study related subjects that would contribute to Hong Kong’s development and long-term competitiveness.