The Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (GBA) presents many attractive opportunities for Hong Kong entrepreneurs starting out their careers.
This month’s GoGBA Greater Bay Area Development Day, hosted by the GBA Development Office of the Hong Kong SAR Government and co-organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) and the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups, introduced entrepreneurship and employment opportunities, support programmes and services in the GBA to young entrepreneurs, professionals and young people interested in developing their careers in the GBA.
GoGBA is the HKTDC’s one-stop support platform for businesses interested in entering or expanding in the GBA.
The seminars, group discussions, cocktail receptions and one-on-one consultations attracted some 420 participants online and offline.
Commissioner for the Development of the GBA Maisie Chan said: “The development potential of the GBA is unlimited and will become one of the most dynamic and competitive regions in the country and the world. The youth are the future of Hong Kong, the driving force behind society and an engine of economic development.
“The Hong Kong SAR Government attaches great importance to youth development and continues to launch and optimise programmes and measures, such as the GBA Youth Entrepreneurship Funding Scheme and GBA Youth Employment Scheme. These platforms provide practical and in-depth support to Hong Kong youth who start and develop their careers in the GBA, supporting them to demonstrate their talents on a larger stage in the Greater Bay Area.”
As an organisation that nurtures young people, the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups has always encouraged young people to venture into the GBA and provides a wealth of employment information, internships, study tours and other exchange activities to give them a deeper understanding of the GBA.
Hsu Siu-man, Director-General of the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups pointed out that the body brought together a wide range of youth-supporting organisations. “The Youth Federation and a total of 29 partners from different cities in the GBA have signed strategic cooperation agreements this year to further promote the development of Hong Kong youth."
The keynote speech focused on opportunities brought by the Hong Kong-Shenzhen Innovation and Technology Park at the Lok Ma Chau Loop, which is currently being set up on the river boundary between Hong Kong and Shenzhen.
Wu Qiangjun, Deputy Director of the Construction and Development Affairs Department of the park based in the neighbouring Shenzhen, described the local policy environment and explained that it was conducive to open innovation and cooperation opportunities for young people in Shenzhen and Hong Kong.
The HKTDC’s GoGBA one-stop platform, launched in June 2021, is the go-to source for support for businesses who wish to expand their foothold in the vibrant and ever-growing GBA. It offers support online and offline that includes policy information, advisory support, training, and promotional and networking activities. In addition to the GBA Support Centre in Shenzhen, it has seven GoGBA business support centres operated by GoGBA partners that provide on-the-ground support across key GBA cities.