CE meets with Zhuhai authorities to discuss better bilateral cooperation in pandemic efforts

Chief Executive Ho Iat Seng held a meeting with the Secretary of the Zhuhai Municipal Committee of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) president of Zhuhai Municipality, Yao Yisheng, to discuss better joint efforts in pandemic prevention.

The meeting held yesterday focused on strengthening bilateral cooperation in preventing the epidemic and speeding the completion of Henqgin as Guangdong-Macau special cooperation area.

In the government announcement, both sides were said to have agreed that during the epidemic situation ‘evident’ results were achieved through joint prevention and control efforts.

It was announced yesterday that the issuing of all types of visas allowing the entry of mainland residents in the Macau SAR – with the exception of tourism visas – will be reinstated first to Guangdong residents and from August 12, to residents of all Mainland China provinces.

The measure comes as new Covid-19 cases have been controlled in Macau and Guangdong, and despite the recent spike in Hong Kong having delayed efforts to establish a travel bubble between the three regions.

The Zhuhai Mayor was also reported as having said that Hengqing Island has always been the key point of cooperation between Guangdong and Macau, and hoped that through collaboration between the two governments this new ‘deep cooperation zone’ project could be accelerated.

According to Ho Iat Seng, his new cooperation zone would have to be achieved through structural innovation and pragmatic cooperation in terms of economic and commercial investment, financial management, certification of origin, customs models and social welfare.

The meeting was also attended by the Secretary for Administration and Justice, André Cheong, and the Secretary for Economy and Finance, Lei Wai Nong, secretary of the CCP’s Zhuhai Municipal Committee, Zhao Jianguo, and the CCP’s Hengqin New Zone Committee Secretary, Niu Jing.