Top minds gather to develop ideas on building Greater Bay Area
October 25,2017 17:45:57 readCount:346

From October 20 to 21, the First Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Joint Symposium on the Belt and Road Strategies was held at SCUT. Over 180 specialists and scholars from the mainland, Hong Kong and Macao attended the event to develop thoughts on building the Guangdong-Hong Kong- Macao Greater Bay Area.
Professor Zhu Min, Vice President of SCUT, attended and addressed the opening and closing ceremonies of the symposium. He pointed out that the symposium took place at the exact time, as it was a significant response to the Central CPC Committee’s strategic decision-making deployment. More importantly, it was a strong move aiming to deepen the exchange among universities in Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao, achieve complementary advantages, build and share, and thus to make progress hand in hand.
He said SCUT always persists in taking the responsibility of serving the nation’s innovation-driven development, commits to providing regional economic and social development with supports from talented personnel and technology. In the future, SCUT will continue to rely on its own technological innovation and achievements while transforming them into characteristics and advantages, and make full efforts to play a leading role in the construction of regional economic, innovation driven development and other aspects. He expected the symposium to encourage researches in a more extensive level and promote more in-depth thinking of the development of Guangdong-Hong Kong- Macao Greater Bay Area.
The theme of the symposium was enhancing the advantages of the Greater Bay Area through better amalgamation and complementarity. Zheng Yongnian, Professor of the Institute of Public Policy at SCUT shared his opinion on how to build the Greater Bay area as one part of the nation’s strategy, how to serve the sustainable development of national economy, how to promote national reunification, and how to play a leading role in international community.
Lin Chen, Professor at the University of Hong Kong, put forward that considering the current financial gap, it is essential to integrate financial resources in the Greater Bay Area, expand source of funding, and share achievements of construction and development. These ideas can be carried out based on surveys of investment and financing needs conducted in the countries included in the Belt and Road initiative.
Lin Ming, Chief Engineer of the Island and Tunnel Project of Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge, shared experiences of constructing immersed tunnels, which is a top challenge that puzzles the world, but was solved by China’s own infrastructure technology in the project.
In addition, experts and scholars from Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao shared their experience and views from different fields and perspectives on the Belt and Road’s related strategies, policy planning, finance and trade, transportation and infrastructure construction and legal coordination mechanism.
They talked freely about the responsibilities and missions of the Guangdong-Hong Kong- Macao Greater Bay Area in the framework of the Belt and Road strategy, and discussed the orientation and ideas of amalgamation and complementarity of the Greater Bay Area.
The symposium was jointly organized by SCUT, the University of Hong Kong and the University of Macau. It is one of SCUT’s themed activities of commemorating Hong Kong’s returning to China and is included in the 'World Cities Day' events launched by the Guangzhou Committee of Housing and Urban-Rural Development.

Written by the School of Civil Engineering and Transportation
Reviewed by Xu Peimu
Edited by Xu Peimu and Deng Langchu