Academic Symposium on the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area: Synergy, Innovation, and Collaborative Development (粵港澳大灣區:協同創新與合作發展學術研討會)

25 July 2019 | Lecture Theatre 2, Esther Lee Building, The Chinese University of Hong Kong




Welcome Speech


Prof. Fanny M. Cheung

Pro-Vice-Chancellor, CUHK; Co-Convenor, GCR


Keynote Speeches

Mr Nicholas W. Yang

Secretary for Innovation and Technology, HKSAR Government


Prof. Fang Cai

Vice President, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences


Thematic Discussion: Exploring New Potential for Regional Cooperation


Prof. Liugang Sheng (Moderator)

Programme Director, Trade and Development Programme, HKIAPS


Prof. Qunhui Huang

Director, Institute of Economics, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences


Prof. Dan Shi

Director, Institute of Industrial Economics, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences


Dr Chunxin Wang

Principle Economist, Economics and Strategic Planning Department, Bank of China (Hong Kong)


Dr Xin Wang

Research Associate, CUHK-Tsinghua University Joint Research Center on Chinese Economy


Thematic Discussion: Developing into an Innovative Technologies Centre


Prof. Anthony Y. H. Fung (Moderator)

Co-Director, HKIAPS


Prof. Jun He

Professor, Institute of Industrial Economics, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences


Prof. Kam-fai Wong

Director, Centre for Innovation and Technology, CUHK


Dr Hong Jiang

Associate Professor, Institute of Industrial Economics, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences


Dr Zhou Fang

Research Director, One Country Two Systems Research Institute


Thematic Discussion: Creating New Industries


Prof. Ying-yi Hong (Moderator)

Co-Convenor, Global China Research Programme, CUHK


Prof. Jiechang Xia

Deputy Director, National Academy of Economic Strategy, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences


Prof. Kesha Guo

Dean, School of Economics and Finance, Huaqiao University


Mr Stephen Y. S. Wong

Deputy Executive Director and Head of Public Policy Institute, Our Hong Kong Foundation


Prof. Kevin Y. F. Au

Director, Center for Entrepreneurship, CUHK




Institute of Industrial Economics, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies, CUHK

Policy Research @ HKIAPS

Global China Research Programme


Supporting Units


The Chinese Institute of Hong Kong

Office of Academic Links (China), CUHK


The Symposium was held to explore possible collaborative efforts in the areas of finance, innovative technologies, and industry in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area. The Symposium was attended by 120 people. The organizing of this event facilitated the exchanging of research results and experiences of implementation.


The Keynote Speeches were delivered by Mr Nicholas Yang and Prof. Fang Cai. Mr Yang examined the efforts of the HKSAR Government to advocate for the development of innovative technologies in Hong Kong. Prof. Cai analysed the strategic role of the Greater Bay Area, which combines the economic strengths of Hong Kong and mainland China.


The Symposium consisted of three thematic discussion sessions. With regard to exploring new potential for regional cooperation in the Greater Bay Area, Prof. Qunhui Huang talked about possible ways to deepen regional cooperation in the field of innovative technologies; Prof. Dan Shi examined the vision to focus on environmentally friendly development in the Greater Bay Area; Dr Chunxin Wang suggested measures to achieve the integration of tertiary industries and innovative technology industries; and Dr Xin Wang analysed the competitiveness and sustainability of enterprises in Hong Kong and mainland China.


In light of the goal of developing the Greater Bay Area into an innovative technologies centre, Prof. Jun He put forward ideas on the strategic position, establishment, and mode of operation of the building of a comprehensive national science centre as a collaborative effort between Shenzhen and Hong Kong; Prof. Kam-fai Wong evaluated the development and application of China’s artificial intelligence efforts; Dr Hong Jiang gave advice on the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Collaborative Innovation Index and Innovation Forum; and Dr Zhou Fang discussed the huge potential of the Hong Kong-Shenzhen Loop in developing a new mode of collaboration.


Finally, on the subject of creating new industries for the Greater Bay Area, Prof. Jiechang Xia emphasized that the foundation of a high-quality Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao one-hour living circle lies in establishing Guangzhou as an international trade centre. Prof. Kesha Guo developed a strategy for industrial integration in the Greater Bay Area; Mr Stephen Wong evaluated how Hong Kong can make use of its Fintech in the era of modularization; and Prof. Kevin Au discussed characteristics of the Greater Bay Area that are favourable to youth start-ups. Twelve panelists engaged in a frank exchange and discussed development strategies requiring further research.


For details, please refer to the symposium programme: