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All different

The Legislative Assembly chairman believes a future plan for a social and economic co-operation area embracing Guangdong, MSAR and Hong Kong would have to take into account the region’s distinct legislations

The head of Macau’s Legislative Assembly (AL), Ho Iat Seng (pictured), says plans for the development of the Greater Bay Area should consider the different legislative characteristics of Guangdong, the MSAR and Hong Kong, with the focus being on ‘complementarity and trilateral co-operation’, according to local broadcaster TDM.
The statements, made on the sidelines of the National People’s Congress (NPC), concern the proposal made by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in the annual work report presented during the Congress of developing a social and economic co-operation area between Guangdong, Macau and Hong Kong.
“An overall blueprint for the Great Bay Area development should be created. The legislative systems are all different [in the three regions] with special characteristics […] We won’t achieve an ideal result if we compete or imitate each other,” said the head of the legislative body, as cited by the broadcaster.

Public or not public
The AL head also informed reporters that the government was still considering if the results of a planned report reviewing the recordings of the 2013 committee meetings where the Land Law was initially discussed will be made public.
With results expected by the end of March, the report seeks to review if any promises were made by the government at the time, stating that a solution would be found for land concessions made before the current law was enforced in March of 2014.
According to Mr. Ho, the report findings will be delivered to legislators and could possibly be available online – but whether the results will be divulged is still being discussed.
The report was announced after Ho stated that the Chinese central government had demanded the current land disputes in the city be resolved, while reassessing that the current MSAR Land Law did not contravene the territory’s Basic Law.

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