Chief Executive Ho Iat Seng, will lead a delegation to Sanya, the southernmost city of Hainan province, from tomorrow to Friday to attend the 2020 Pan-Pearl River Delta (PPRD) Regional Cooperation Executive Chiefs Joint Meeting, the Macao Government Information Bureau (GCS) said in a statement on Monday.
The meeting will be held on Friday morning. During the three-day visit, Ho will meet separately with PPRD leaders to exchange views on topics of mutual concern, according to the statement.
Sanya, one of four prefecture-level cities of the nation’s southernmost province, lies some 600 kilometres southwest of Macao.
The meeting is a platform launched in 2004 for regional cooperation between eight provinces, one autonomous region and two special administrative regions – collectively known as the “9+2” – located in the Greater Pearl River Delta Region, namely the provinces of Fujian, Guangdong, Guizhou, Hainan, Hunan, Jiangxi, Sichuan and Yunnan; the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region; and the special administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macao, the statement notes.
Themed “Sharing the opportunities of the Hainan Free Trade Port and promoting the joint development of the Pearl River Pan-Delta Region” this year, the PPRD leaders will discuss three topics: 1) sharing the fresh opportunities created by the advancing Hainan Free Trade Port and jointly building a platform for system integration and innovation; 2) building together a modern transport network composed of large-scale ports, corridors and centres; and 3) promoting high-quality development for regional cooperation within the PPRD Region, the statement said.
In addition, the progress that has been made since 2019 and a work report from the Secretariat of the Pan-Pearl River Delta Cooperation and Development Forum will also be reviewed during the meeting, according to the statement.
Ho will be accompanied by Secretary for Economy and Finance Lei Wai Nong, the head of Ho’s office Hoi Lai Fong, GCS Director Inês Chan Lou, and Protocol, Public Relations and External Affairs Office Director Lei Ut Mui.
During Ho’s trip, Secretary for Administration and Justice André Cheong Weng Chon will be acting chief executive of the Macao Special Administrative Region (MSAR).