The Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area Forum on Regional Economy, Logistics and Tourism: Prospects and Opportunities, co-organised by the University of Macau (UM) Asia Pacific Academy of Economics and Management (APAEM) and Faculty of Business Administration (FBA), was held at UM today (27 October). The forum attracted more than 100 experts and scholars, UM faculty members and students, as well as members of the general public. The forum featured three sessions, which were focused on regional economy and logistics, investment, and tourism, respectively. During the expert panels, participants discussed how to deepen links among the three regions, how to develop the regions’ potential, and how to increase mutual development and collaboration within the area.

In July 2017, the National Development and Reform Commission, the People’s Government of Guangdong Province, the Hong Kong SAR government, and the Macao SAR government signed the Framework Agreement on Deepening Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Co-operation in the Development of the Bay Area, which marked the establishment of a mutually complementary collaborative relationship aimed at promoting the development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area. Prof Jacky So, director of the APAEM and dean of the FBA, mentioned in his welcome speech that the long-standing collaborative relationship among Guangdong, Hong Kong, and Macao, the Greater Bay Area’s competitive advantages in manufacturing, financial, and servicing sectors, as well as its well-developed transport and logistic infrastructure, will combine to help develop the area into a new pivot for international trade and economic collaboration, and will accelerate economic growth for the regions and enhance the development of the Belt and Road Initiative.

Keynote speakers at the forum included Mr Wang Jie, president of Yamato (China) Transport Co, Ltd; Prof Terrence Chong, executive director of Lau Chor Tak Institute of Global Economics and Finance and associate professor of economics at the Chinese University of Hong Kong; Mr Chen Chuangqian, Chief Representative of Hong Kong and Macao Affairs, Public Policy Department, Tencent; Ms Victoria Mio, co-head of Asia Pacific Equities and chief investment officer of China, Robeco; Mr Yong Kwek Ping, director of the Greater China Centre for Private Equity of UM and CEO of Inventis Investment Holdings; Mr Chen Wenjie, president of the CTS Academy for Tourism Industry, China National Travel Service Group Corporation; and Prof Qu Xiao, associate professor of the School of Hotel and Tourism Management, Hong Kong Polytechnic University.