Hong Kong youth appeal to peers to explore Greater Bay Area opportunities
Updated 10:58, 31-Aug-2019

Young Hong Kong residents shared their study, work, and entrepreneurship experience in Shenzhen at a symposium on Friday. They also appealed to their peers to embrace development opportunities in Shenzhen. 

The symposium was held by the Communist Youth League of China's Shenzhen Committee and the Shenzhen Youth Federation. Prominent guests in the meeting included Fu Zhenbang, secretary of the Secretariat of the Communist Youth League Central Committee, and Tian Fu, director-general of the administrative body of Shenzhen's Qianhai and Shekou pilot free trade zone.

Representatives of the Hong Kong youth, from sectors like science and tecnology, education, food and space innovation, said China is in a crucial development phase and they see more opportunities for them to play their roles and create a future. 

As Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao continue to integrate, Shenzhen's unique position and preferential policies have made it more attractive to young people in both Hong Kong SAR and the Chinese mainland, especially after it was announced on August 18 that Shenzhen will be built into a pilot demonstration area of socialism with Chinese characteristics.

In recent years, Shenzhen has been committed to providing Hong Kong youth with superior conditions regarding both academic environment and entrepreneurship. Multiple business incubators for Hong Kong and Macao youth have been built to offer them policy guide, financial support and talent resources.

"I hope Chinese young people could seize the opportunity of our country's rapid development, and make a difference," said Fu.

A case in point is the Qianhai Shenzhen-Hong Kong Youth Innovation and Entrepreneur Hub. It has incubated 356 venture teams as of last year, about half of which came from Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macao and overseas.

Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge. VCG Photo

Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge. VCG Photo

China unveiled the outline development plan for the Greater Bay Area in February, aiming to build it into a role model of high-quality development, an international first-class bay area and a world-class city cluster. 

To better integrate the Greater Bay Area and connect it with surrounding southeast China, a wide range of infrastructure, including transportation and information facilities, will be built, which in turn brings huge opportunities for mass entrepreneurship and innovation.