Greater Bay Area Development | Policy Research Series
Our Hong Kong Foundation released its latest report on talent flow in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (GBA). The report points out that the flow of talents is an important part in the development of the GBA's synergistic development. The research team conducted three surveys to analyze cross-border working and living issues and Hong Kong citizens' perception of cross-border talents. The team found that Hong Kong citizens generally understood the need for talent mobility in the GBA. Moreover, Hong Kong residents living in the GBA rated their own socio-economic status higher after moving to the Mainland, which shows that the GBA can provide alternative path for Hong Kong citizens’ upward mobility.
However, the surveys also discovered numerous challenges. The report proposes the following policy directions to promote the interconnection and interchange of talents in the GBA.
The surveys showed that Hong Kong's ability to attract and retain talents needs to be improved. Therefore, the report recommends that the Hong Kong government should review its immigration policies and improve the living conditions for foreign talents through measures such as talent housing schemes, to attract more talents to come to Hong Kong for employment. The Government may also consider organising free cultural exchange activities for new arrivals to help them integrate into the local community.
The surveys also revealed that the Hong Kong citizens in the GBA need support in their daily lives. Therefore, the report calls on the Hong Kong government to further promote cross-border medical integration and strengthen support for associations of Hong Kong citizens in the Mainland, which combines its resource advantages and the extensive experiences of these associations to provide the appropriate support for Hong Kong citizens in the Mainland. The report also points out that in view of the lack of an academic and professional qualifications framework across all sectors in the GBA, the Hong Kong government should continue to work with its counterparts in the Mainland to establish a wider qualifications recognition ecosystem.
Greater Bay Area Opportunities: Survey and Analytical Observations
The development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (GBA) is accorded the status of key strategic planning in the country's development blueprint. Meanwhile, recent studies also show that Hong Kong residents have an increased understanding about the GBA. In light of this, Our Hong Kong Foundation has published the report entitled ‘Greater Bay Area Opportunities: Survey and Analytical Observations’ to better understand how Hongkongers perceive and evaluate opportunities in the GBA.
Note: The data presented in this figure have excluded respondents who chose “no opinion” or “refuse to answer”.
The survey shows that most respondents recognised the business opportunities arising from the GBA. Most of the respondents agreed that the joint development of Hong Kong and the mainland cities in the GBA will help to diversify Hong Kong’s economy. Through engaging in the GBA’s development, Hong Kong can nurture more talent and explore emerging industries so as to create new ‘growth engines’.
In conclusion, the study shows that most Hong Kong residents are able to identify the potential of the GBA, and recognised the economic benefits brought by the co-development with other GBA cities. Therefore, when considering approaches in promoting the GBA, the Hong Kong Government should focus on policies that are more related to local residents. In such way, Hong Kong residents will be more willing to consider living in the GBA on the mainland.