Guangdong’s Implementation Plan for Participating in the Belt and Road Initiative
At a Guangdong provincial government press conference on 3 June 2015, it was announced that the Implementation Plan of Guangdong Province for Participating in the Belt and Road Initiative had been endorsed by the state’s Leading Group for Advancing the Development of the Belt and Road. The move had been formerly deliberated and passed by the Guangdong provincial party standing committee on 22 May 2015.
One of key features of Guangdong’s participation in the Belt and Road Initiative is its focus on Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau co-operation, with a particular emphasis on developing the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Big Bay Area. This will include jointly developing shipping and cross-boundary infrastructure facilities, as well as providing support to economic and trade development by fully utilising the financial and professional services offered by Hong Kong and Macau. The three regions will unite in a bid to raise the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Big Bay Area to a truly global standard. Additionally, Guangdong will develop its coastal ports of Zhuhai, Shantou and Chaozhou, in a move headed by the Guangzhou and Shenzhen ports, into key pillars for the Maritime Silk Road. To this end, it will collaborate with Hong Kong in jointly constructing a cluster of world-class ports.
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