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Southeast Asian journalists on the GBA: well-connected, energetic, and diverse
2019-09-11 10:07     Source :

A media delegation consisting of over 30 journalists, including a dozen from Southeast Asian countries, such as Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, visited five Guangdong cities in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (GBA) between September 2nd and 6th to experience local culture and customs, and see for themselves the developmental and technological achievements of the Bay Area.

Grand projects connect the GBA

In recent years, transportation in the GBA has developed into an efficient network featuring high-speed and inter-city railways, expressways, ports and airports.

By the end of 2022, a modern integrated transportation system will have come into being. A "one-hour commuter ring" will have been built, with three routes (Hong Kong-Shenzhen, Guangzhou-Foshan, Macao-Zhuhai) at its core.

Nang Chian Ping, digital news editor of Kwong Wah Yit Poh Press Berhad, was impressed, "one can only sense the true scale and magnificence of these transit projects when on site."

Sun Jifei, vice editor in chief of Indonesia Shang Bao, speaks highly of the recently launched Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge (HZMB) tourism plan, "more people will be drawn to the region if the HZMB is included in the tourism resources of the three places."

A hotbed for innovation and entrepreneurship

The GBA is a hotbed for young entrepreneurs to pursue their dreams. Thanks to the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong-Macao Sci-tech Innovation Corridor, the GBA is forging itself into a prime region for technological innovation.

"Shenzhen's development is marvellous. Its efficiency, achievements in innovation, creative spirit, pragmatism and energy are very impressive," Han Yonghong, vice editor chief of Lianhe Zaobao shared.

Sun Jifei praised a team of Hong Kong entrepreneurs for their "automatic skateboard" noting its powerful functionality. He also tried out Tencent's new payment system. Sun said that Shenzhen's Qianhai, as part of the China (Guangdong) Pilot Free Trade Zone, enjoys favorable policies and capital support, very attractive to high-technology industry investors.

Tan Dawn Wei, the China Bureau Chief of The Straits Times, paid special attention to the young entrepreneurs from Hong Kong and Macao in Guangdong. She believes their stories exemplify the collaboration promoted by the GBA and will encourage more young people to start their businesses on the Chinese mainland.

Editor: 郑思慧