On 18th of Feb, 2018, the China central government issued the Outline for the Development Plan of Guangdong, Kong and Macau Bay Area, the main points of the outline is listed as below:

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1. Division of Great Bay Area

The “Guangdong, Kong and Macao Bay Area includes the HKSAR, Macau SAR and Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Foshan, Huizhou, Dongguan, Zhongshan, Jiangmen, Zhaoqing of Guangdong province, with a total area of 56,000 square kilometres, and the total population of about 70 million in late 2017.

This area is one of the regions with the highest degree of openness and the strongest economic vitality in China, which plays an important strategic role in the overall development of the country.

2. Finance

Gradually expand the scale and scope of RMB cross-border use in the Great Bay Area.

Promote cross-border transaction of financial products such as funds and insurance in the area in a well-organized way.

Continuously enrich investment product categories and investment channels, and establish mechanisms for exchange of funds and products.

3. Airport Construction

The outline also proposes to support the construction of the third runway of HK Airport and the reconstruction and expansion of Macau Airport, and the implementation of the airport reconstruction and expansion of and Shenzhen.

It also proposes to develop pre-research work of the new airport in Guangzhou, research and construct some feeder or general airport.

4. Intellectual Property Rights ( IPR )

Relies on the regional IP cooperation mechanism between Guangdong and Kong, Guangdong and Macau and the Pan-Pearl River Delta region to comprehensively strengthen cooperation of IP protection and professional training in the area.

Strengthen administrative law enforcement and judicial protection of IP, give better play to the role of IP Court and other institutions, strengthen IP law enforcement in e-commerce, import and export and other key areas.

5. Communications

Will take multi-measures to achieve a reasonable decline in communication fees, promote the reduction of long-distance and roaming charges for mobile phones in the area.

Actively carry out a feasibility study to eliminate long-distance and roaming charges for mobile phones and provide infrastructure support for the construction of smart cities.

6. Technical Exchanges

Promote the “-Shenzhen- Kong-Macau” Science and Technology Innovation Corridor construction.

Explore the policy which is to the benefit of cross-border movement of talent, capital, information, technology and other innovative elements of and regional integration.

7. Science and Technology Industry

Promote the development of a new generation of pillar industry, such as information technology, biotechnology, high-end equipment manufacturing, new materials.

Cultivate several major industrial projects in key areas, such as new display, a new generation of communications technology, 5G and mobile internet, protein and other biomedical, high-end medical diagnostic equipment, genetic testing, modern Chinese medicine, intelligent robot, 3D printing, Beidou satellite applications etc.

8. Capital Market

Support Shenzhen to develop the capital market with the Shenzhen Stock Exchange as the core accelerates innovation of financial openness.

9. Tourism Industry

Promote effective implementation of yacht free travel in the area, speed up the improvement of hardware and software facilities.

Jointly develop high-end tourism projects. Explore the construction of an international yacht travel free port in a suitable area.

10. Talent Policy

Encourages Chinese citizens in Kong and Macau to hold positions in the state-owned enterprises in the mainland.

Study and promote Chinese citizens in Kong and Macau to apply for the position of civil servants in the mainland.

11. Integration

Implements the CEPA series agreements between the mainland, HK and Macau. Promote the implementation of special open measures for HK and Macao in the areas of finance, education, legal and dispute resolution, shipping, logistics, railway transport, telecommunications, Chinese Medicine, construction and related projects.

Study the further abolition or relaxation of restrictions to HK and Macau investors, such as qualification requirements, shareholding ratios and Industry access, etc.

Provide one- service for HK and Macau investors and related practitioners.

Make sure better implementation of opening-up measures for HK and Macau under the framework of CEPA.

Source: Sophie Mao from China Law Help

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