Experts suggest deepening I&T cooperation between Hong Kong, Shenzhen

HONG KONG, Jan. 22 (Xinhua) -- A seminar organized by the Chinese Association of Hong Kong & Macao Studies and Hong Kong Coalition was held here Friday when attendees suggested that Hong Kong and Shenzhen should deepen cooperation in mechanisms, rules and platforms to build an international innovation and technology (I&T) center.

Experts from Hong Kong and the mainland attended the seminar, which was held both online and offline, to discuss the development of I&T in Hong Kong and Shenzhen.

Leung Chun-ying, vice chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), said at the seminar that looking back on the principles and policies issued by the country on Shenzhen's future I&T development and the Hong Kong-related contents of the 14th Five-Year Plan, it can be seen that the country strongly supports the cooperation between Hong Kong and Shenzhen to build an international I&T center in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area.

Cooperation between Hong Kong and Shenzhen can be seen as a perfect match, Leung said.

Dai Beifang, a member of CPPCC's National Committee, said that Hong Kong and Shenzhen have made outstanding achievements in training scientific talent, incubating scientific research projects and transforming technological products, but there are still shortcomings in regulations, communication and information.

Dai suggested that the two places should deepen cooperation in five aspects, namely cooperation mechanism, docking of rules and regulations, platform construction, project coordination and atmosphere building, to actively serve the overall development of the country and play a more important role in promoting development of the Greater Bay Area.

Neil Shen Nanpeng, founding and managing partner of Sequoia Capital China, said that the construction of an international I&T center in Hong Kong needs land, capital and market from Shenzhen, while the construction of a comprehensive national science center in Shenzhen needs universities and human resources from Hong Kong.

Looking forward to the future of the development of I&T in Hong Kong and Shenzhen, Shen said the two places must continue to invest in nurturing talent.

Xu Yangsheng, an academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering and President of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen, and Albert Wong, chief executive officer of Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation, agreed that applying the strength of I&T and accelerating the marketization of I&T are very important for the development of the Greater Bay Area.

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