Editorial : Building a Greater Bay Area outlook with a view towards development

【明報專訊】RECENTLY the Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor and many organisations from Hong Kong have travelled one after another to visit the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, exploring future modes of collaboration and business opportunities. Legislative Councillors are to visit the area as well soon to learn about the development of the Greater Bay Area. These exchange activities are positive responses to the construction of the Greater Bay Area. To quote Wang Yang, Chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, the cities in the Greater Bay Area should not only exchange ideas but should also engage with each other and finally converge. However, neither the government nor Hong Kong's civil society has displayed a breadth of vision necessary for the Greater Bay Area project. Instead, they have showcased a complete lack of coordination and a reluctance to think out of the box, with their roles they are supposed to play so poorly delineated as to contain much repetition and even invite competition. Such being the case, no amount of exchanges and engagement activities will suffice to achieve the goal of convergence.