The Co-operation between Macao and the Provinces in Pan-Pearl River Delta (PPRD) Region
Macao is characterized by its open economy, favourable geographical location, well-established infrastructure facilities, free port policy, simple taxation system and comparatively lower business costs. Added to these are competitive business environment and versatile international market network. Macao has been playing the role as the middleman to facilitate regional economic co-operation over the years. After the liberalisation of its gaming industry, there were an increase in foreign investment followed by the completion of various hotel projects, entertainment facilities, convention and exhibition centres. Macao’s economy has seen a rapid and steady growth in recent years.
After the Handover, the Government of the Macao Special Administrative Region has been working to improve the business environment and actively promote regional co-operation, with an aim of developing Macao into a better service platform with even more distinguished features, to explore new avenues for Macao’s development and contribute to the mutual development in the region. In promoting regional development, the city will also greatly intensify strategic co-operation with the PPRD region, and seize development opportunities available in the economic zone on the west of the Taiwan Strait as well as in Central China, with an ultimate goal of achieving sustainable development for Macao through multiple win-win relationships, and fostering partnerships between Macao enterprises in Macao and their counterparts in the Mainland and other neighbourhood regions.
To facilitate local and overseas businessmen’s understanding of the latest development in PPRD regional co-operation and the ¡§9+2¡¨ regions, the following websites provide detailed and updated information on the co-operation and development of the PPRD region.
Websites on the Development of PPRD Regional Co-operation:
Website on PPRD Co-operation http://www.pprd.org.cn
The PPRD Co-operation Website (PPRD Website) is established by the ¡§9+2¡¨ General Coordination Office in accordance with the common wishes of the ¡§9+2¡¨ governments. It aims at serving as a standardized, quick and user-friendly service platform for information exchange on PPRD regional co-operation among Fujian, Jiangxi, Hunan, Guangdong, Guangxi, Hainan, Sichuan, Guizhou, Yunnan, Hong Kong and Macao. The website not only provides authoritative and professional information for its members, but also serves as a window to provide in-depth study and comprehensive information concerning PPRD co-operation for the academics, enterprises and the general public, showcasing the progress of PPRD co-operation development.
PPRD Regional Co-operation Information Harbour http://fzsj-info.com
The website provides comprehensive information on the development in energy, transport, minerals resources, infrastructure facilities, tourism culture, commercial flow, agriculture, forestry and animal husbandry in the PPRD economic zones. It aims at promoting regional economic development in the PPRD region by constructing a more favourable investment environment and enhances the strength of investment promotion.
Second-tier City Network in Pearl River Delta http://www.9p2city.com/main.php
The website is developed in accordance with the PPRD co-operation framework and the objective of ¡§Building a future of co-operation and development¡¨. Under the guidance of the China Urban Economic Society, the website was jointly organized by the Zhuhai Urban Economic Magazine PPRD Information Centre, PPRD Small and Medium Cities Co-ordination Office and the Guangzhou City Web information media. It is the only comprehensive, authoritative information website on small to medium cities in the region.
PPRD City Information Platform http://www.pprdcity.net
The website is managed by the cities of the 9 provinces, in co-operation with the 2 SARs, with an aim of promoting the latest development of the PPRD cities.
PPRD Logistics Website http://gzla.gdbnet.cn
The website is managed by the Guangzhou Logistics Association and serve as the platform of logistics information exchange in the region.
PPRD Real Estate Co-operation and Development Forum http://www.92fdc.com/index.asp
The website is organized by the building authorities in the PPRD region to update local and overseas counterparts on real estate co-operation and development in the region.
Pan-Pearl River Delta Development Information Net http://www.hku.hk/panprd/chinese_gb/main.html
The Pan¡VPearl River Delta Development Information Net is jointly funded by the Zhong Hua Real Estate and Construction Research and Development Foundation Limited (a subsidiary of the Hong Kong Association for the Advancement of Real Estate and Construction Technology Limited) and Professor Francis Lau. It is developed by the Centre of Urban Planning & Environmental Management of the University of Hong Kong and the Centre for Studies of Hong Kong, Macau and Pearl River Delta of Sun Yat-sen University. This information portal provides a comprehensive one-stop information service to facilitate and promote development of the PPRD region.
Pan-Pearl River Delta Agriculture Trade Network http://www.zhnt.net/jsp/index.jsp
The network comprises of major channels including the trading channel, information channel, services channel and regional co-operation channel. Comprehensive information on PPRD branded agricultural products, agriculture-related enterprises, supply and demand, market analysis, prices, enterprises, economic development and agricultural technology etc is available.
Links to Websites on PPRD Co-operation, Development and Related Policies
Amid the economic globalisation and accelerated regional co-operation, it is both strategically and practically important to strengthen PPRD co-operation and make the full use of the opportunities arising from the strategic development in the first 20 years of the century, to promote the greater prosperity of Hong Kong and Macao, and the further opening-up of Mainland provinces, as well as accelerating the full-implementation of the a comparatively prosperous society and enhancing the economic strength and competitiveness of the region. The framework is established to enhance the co-operation of the PPRD region with the consent of the governments concerned.
Following the signing of the Pan-PRD Regional Co-operation Framework Agreement by the ¡§9+2¡¨ governments in June 2004, the parties concerned have been working to put forward different practical measures. Related authorities on regional business administration, quality monitoring and intellectual property have worked out co-operation agreements and implement a number of co-operation plans which has laid the foundation for a fair and open market with competition in an orderly manner.
To assess the implementation of measures of various authorities, strengthen further co-operation and accelerate the implementation of a fair, open and standardized market environment, a research team has been set up to launch a study on the building of a fair, open and standardized market environment in the 9 Provinces of Fujian, Jiangxi, Hunan, Guangdong, Guangxi, Hainan, Sichuan, Guizhou and Yunnan during 21 February to 16 March 2006. The research team was set up by the Secretariat of the Joint Meeting of the PPRD Chief Executives in co-operation with the Guangdong Provincial Development and Reform Commission, Administration for Industry and Commerce, Bureau of Quality and Technical Supervision, Intellectual Property Office and the PPRD Co-operation Information Network. The study covers various aspects including the elimination of local protectionism, the viability of cross-region business operation, protection of intellectual property, patent technology transfer and information exchange.
The Blue Book provides in-depth investigation and analysis of the overall strengthens of the PPRD region in the aspects of economy, ecology, education and technology. In terms of the total economic output, the total GDP of the 9 provinces in the PPRD region amounts to 1/3 of the country’s GDP, an equivalent to the total of Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Economic Zone and the Yangtze River Delta Economic Zone. Regional economic development is strategically important to China’s economic development, therefore, strengthening the study in this aspect is particularly important to the model and mechanism set up of the co-ordinated development of China’s regional economy.