Liu Gensen, a political adviser, speaks during a panel discussion yesterday.
FUTURE development of the Lok Ma Chau Loop area was a key issue discussed during a panel discussion of the fourth meeting of the Sixth Shenzhen Municipal Committee of the Chinese Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), which opened yesterday.
Political advisers, including dozens of CPPCC members from Hong Kong, put forward a few proposals yesterday to enhance the development of the area located near Futian District between Hong Kong and Shenzhen.
Since Premier Li Keqiang debuted the concept of the Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao Greater Bay Area last March, much attention has been paid to the development among the three regions.
The Lok Ma Chau Loop area, managed by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), is believed to be one of the major sites for joint development in the Greater Bay Area, especially between Shenzhen and Hong Kong.
The proposals raised by the political advisers covered various aspects regarding the area's development, with some advising that the loop area incorporate special administration rules to facilitate more effective cooperation between the two cities, while others giving more specific suggestions, such as bringing in more projects from the medicine or technology sectors.
Luo Xiaoyin, one of the CPPCC members, suggested that the Futian District Government, Shenzhen's foreign affairs bureau and other related departments on the Shenzhen side, set up an innovative management system that only applies to enterprises and personnel that have settled in the loop area.
According to Luo, the system could align with favorable policies to help create more job and business opportunities for youths from both Shenzhen and Hong Kong.
Cooperative projects in the technology sector was another hot topic at the panel discussion. Members from Shenzhen's CPPCC foreign affairs committee suggested that more work be done to boost the construction of technology parks in the loop area so as to solicit more high-tech firms and startups.
The committee members introduced the new concept, the "Greater Loop Area," in the proposal, and attempted to enlarge the area's influence by including three areas in Shenzhen, namely the parking area at Huanggang Checkpoint, the Futian Free Trade Zone and a smaller loop area in Luohu District.
A total of 500 political advisers from all walks of life in Shenzhen are attending the four-day meeting until Thursday, to share and contribute their advice for Shenzhen's development and all kinds of social issues.
Fang Tao, a political adviser who has been leading the city's charity federation for years, said she will give advice on upgrading services for the elderly population at this year's meeting.
"Shenzhen is a livable city, but many people are working and living under a lot of pressure, so I think more measures should be taken to enhance people's happiness and make our city not only a city of innovation and property, but also a city of well-being," said Fang.
At the fourth meeting of the Sixth Shenzhen Municipal Committee of the CPPCC yesterday morning, Dai Beifang, chairman of the city's political advisory body, delivered a work report updating the progress on last year's proposals.
The political advisers submitted a total of 691 proposals over the past year and 561 were filed for handling last year.