Greater Bay Area could boost Macau’s role as a “knowledge centre”

[News Quoted from Macauhub]

At a session organised by the International Institute of Macau (IIM) on 24 October to launch the book “The Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area: The Challenge of the Century for Macau,” the fact that the Macau Special Administrative Region (MSAR) is one of the four major cities of the GBA, along with Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Hong Kong was the focal point of the guest experts’ speeches.

Francisco Leandro of the City of Macau University told Macauhub that “the potential of the greater bay will be revealed by its networks – infrastructure, laboratory, academic, economic, institutional, industrial, technological, investment, consumer and production – and the associated market needs.”

“These needs are precisely the basis of cooperation between China, Macau and Portuguese-speaking countries,” he said.

In this context, according to Leandro, the MSAR should be a multicultural, multisectoral trading platform with five main areas – Chinese dominant cultural platform, financial and legal services platform, economic and commercial platform, education and knowledge platform and a platform for international external relations.

“Macau has to be excellent – beyond gambling – in culture, economics, finance, law and education. Macau has to be what it always has been, but this time with the ability to understand the opportunity to contribute to making China’s dreams a reality,” he told Macauhub.

Luís Sales Marques, president of the Institute of European Studies of Macau (IEEM), said that the MSAR, “has immense responsibilities in carrying out the initiative and will have to work hard and without hesitation to fulfill its intended functions.”

“In order for the MSAR to be able to fulfill its functions, it must focus more on its openness abroad, namely by becoming a reference point in China, for cultural and academic relations not only with Portuguese-speaking countries, but also with Spanish-speaking countries, given the ease of connecting from Portugal and Brazil with the Iberian world,” Sales Marques told Macauhub.

According to the head of IEEM, Macau companies and professionals, “will be able to benefit from the Greater Bay market and relations,” that the region has, but this means “opening up the (Macau) labour market and promoting the establishment of professionals from the region and abroad with skills to assist with development and economic diversification.”

The same need to attract “talent,” highly qualified staff, namely by removing existing obstacles, was stressed at the event held at the Military Club of Macau by IIM President Jorge Rangel.

The book “The Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area: The Challenge of the Century for Macau,” coordinated by Gonçalo César de Sá, is authored by José Luís Sales Marques, Paulo Figueiredo, Louise do Rosario and Mark O’Neill. (Macauhub)


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